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Make an heirloom pennant banner and start a new tradition.
A little fabric, a little time and some heat-n-bond are all you need to make a charming birthday banner that you can use for years, decades, generations...

Posted by Krista W. from Jersey City, New Jersey, United States • Published See Krista W.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make a hanging garland. Birthday Pennant Banner - Step 1
    Step 1

    Iron all your fabric flat.

    To make pennants 6" wide by 8" long, begin by folding the fabric 3" in. Pin along the 3" fold approximately 16-18" down (in case your fabric does not line up evenly on top). Pin in place, flip fabric over and fold back along the fabric to 3" mark. Fold again. Keep going until you have folded 7 times.

  • How to make a hanging garland. Birthday Pennant Banner - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut folds at the 3″ mark from the rest of the fabric. If not even on top, use fabric pen to draw a straight line across top and trim to make the top even. Mark 8″ from the top and make a straight line across. Repeat one more time down. Iron pieces flat.

  • How to make a hanging garland. Birthday Pennant Banner - Step 3
    Step 3

    Draw a diagonal line on both pieces from the top outside corner edge to the bottom inside corner. Make sure you are starting at the edge of the fabric on the the top corner. Cut along the line. Unpin and unfold. You will have 7 triangles and 2 half triangles. Discard half triangles. Cut the other piece on the same diagonal.

  • How to make a hanging garland. Birthday Pennant Banner - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat the process with the second fabric.

  • How to make a hanging garland. Birthday Pennant Banner - Step 5
    Step 5

    Unpin triangles and iron all triangles flat.

  • How to make a hanging garland. Birthday Pennant Banner - Step 6
    Step 6

    To make the letters, I cut a piece of freezer paper to letter size (8.5 x 11). Using photoshop, I laid out my letters to fit on the page. I used the Playfair display font at 300 pt. I also hollowed out the inside of the letters to save ink. Print letters onto the paper side of the freezer paper (not the shiny side!). Iron the freezer paper shiny side down onto your letter fabric. Take the heat-n-bond and match adhesive side to bottom of fabric. Trim excess bond away and iron together. Let cool.

  • How to make a hanging garland. Birthday Pennant Banner - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut out letters. Peel paper backing off the heat and bond. Pin each letter to pennant, alternating fabric for each letter. I pinned mine so bottom part of letter(in case of “p” and “y” bottom curve of the letter) 4″ from the top. Iron onto fabric and let cool. Peel off freezer paper from front of letters.

  • How to make a hanging garland. Birthday Pennant Banner - Step 8
    Step 8

    Pin pennant triangles together, right sides facing. I alternated fabric front and backs. Sew along the 2 side edges of the triangle. Don’t sew the top together!

  • How to make a hanging garland. Birthday Pennant Banner - Step 9
    Step 9

    Turn right side out and iron flat. Repeat for all letters. Trim tops if uneven.

  • How to make a hanging garland. Birthday Pennant Banner - Step 10
    Step 10

    Take your ribbon and fold in half lengthwise. Pin in place and iron flat. Position your letters, tucking in the tops of the letters between the fold of the ribbon and pinning in place. I pinned mine leaving a 4′ tail on each end, with 1″ between each letter and 6″ between the two words. Trim excess ribbon after 4′ tail end. Starting at the beginning of the ribbon, stitch along the edge of the ribbon to end.

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