Wednesday, August 17, 2011

party pennant tutorial

for sister's oregon wedding, i was commissioned to fashion yards upon yards of party pennants. i think they turned out festive + fun...what do you think?

[photo courtesy of Vivian the Bolivian]
the project began when my sis sent me a crate full of remnant fabric pieces she'd picked up throughout san francisco. it ran the gamut from bright + cheery cotton prints to muted old-fashioned damask.

  • fabric remnants (at least 18" square)
  • jute twine or other ribbon/string, cut to the length you want your banner to be, plus at least 18" on each end for easy hanging
  • fabric glue
  • sewing machine
  • thread
prepping your triangles...
  1. create a triangle template the size of your liking by folding a piece of cardstock in half lengthwise, drawing a line from the unfolded edge to the folded edge at the angle degree of your choice. cut along the line and unfold to reveal your perfectly symmetrical pattern.
  2. fold a piece of fabric in half
  3. lay the pattern on top of the fabric, with the short straight edge against the fold.
  4. cut along the angled edges, cutting through both layers of fabric
  5. you should have two triangles, connected at the folded edge
  6. repeat with all of your fabric

positioning the pennants...
  1. unroll your twine to the desired length on a large flat surface
  2. place your triangle pennants along the twine, spacing as you like. i spaced mine approx 12-15" apart.
  3. place the twine inside the folded edge of each triangle
  4. pin into place

attaching the pennants...

  1. use a large zig-zag stitch to sew the folded edge to the twine of the first triangle
  2. cut the thread and repeat with each triangle
  3. once finished sewing all triangles, extend the banner on a large work surface. it should lay flat.
  4. place a small squiggle of fabric glue to each of the pennants. this attaches the front to the back + also gives them a little weight to prevent flipping + twisting--especially useful if using the banners outdoors or in a windy environment. this will help them hang straight + gently flutter in the breeze.
hang the banner + enjoy!

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