Growing up, whenever I would come across a simple sewing project someone would usually impart the motivational words, “All you need to know is how to sew a straight line”. Alright guys, it is confession time. I CANNOT sew a straight line! Even with my slightly crooked sewing lines I was able to complete this project and I LOVE how it turned out.
My best friend is getting married and I jumped on the opportunity to do the decor for the bridal shower. We decided to go with a fuchsia and lime color scheme and I wanted to find a great way to tie the colors together with a fun fabric pennant banner. I found a great tutorial on the Your Homebased Mom blog. I used this as a basic guideline, but changed it up a bit to make my own.
The first step was to select some correlating fabrics. I headed over to Joann Fabrics armed with a 40% off coupon. I love textiles! When I walk into the fabric section I feel like a kid in a candy store. After much deliberation I was able to gather up all the supplies that I needed for my pennant.
3 cuts of cotton quilting fabric in correlating fabrics (½ yard each)
3 packages of double fold bias tape
(You can technically cut out the triangles with scissors, but the rotary cutter will save you some serious time)
1. Cut each piece of fabric into a 9 inch row (You should be able to just fold the ½ yard in half, mine wasn’t cut perfectly so I needed to trim it a bit). So the fabric piece should be 9 inches by the width of the fabric.
(ok…I will add that you should probably iron your fabric ahead of time as well…oops)
2. Trim the selvage ends
3. Lay two fabric pieces on top of each other (wrong sides together). Using a rotary cutter and straight edge cut triangles 7 inches wide. Continue cutting until you run out of fabric. I was able to get about 11 pairs of triangles per fabric.
4. Sew together each set of triangles on the two long edges (don’t worry about sewing the top, it will be sewn together with the bias tape). I used the edge of the foot as a general guide of where to keep my seam.
5. Lay out your triangles and the bias tape to decide where you want each triangle placed.
6. Slip the top of the triangle between the layers of bias tape and sew together. I didn’t bother with pinning these at all, I just kept adding triangles until I ran out of bias tape.
7. Enjoy your pennant! With this amount of fabric I was able to make two long (3 yards each) pennants, and one short pennant (which worked perfect for the gift table).
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