Gotta’ make one of those pennants I see everywhere on the web! But who has a lot of time? My daughter wanted some for her outdoor vintage-country inspired wedding. I needed them quick and easy. I tried to cut down on the sewing to make this DIY project easier and quicker. There is very little sewing involved – just to attach to the bias tape ribbon. The triangle fabric pieces are cut with pinking shears and left unhemmed.
Supplies: cardboard (for pattern), scissors, pinking shears, pen, ruler, 1/4 yard each of assorted fabrics (solids, patterns), double-folded bias tape, thread, fusible bonding tape (i.e. Stitch Witchery), iron
1. Make a triangle-shaped cardboard pattern (I cut a 7″ 45-45-90 degree triangle pattern from discarded cardboard).
2. Fold fabric in half. Trace outer edge of triangle pattern onto fabric.
3. Cut out traced fabric triangles using pinking shears. For each banner, I cut out twelve sets of triangles from assorted fabrics (twelve sets, twenty-four pieces).
4. Place one side of the two cut triangle fabric pieces pattern-side down on ironing board. Lay three strips of fusible bonding tape along three edges of fabric.
5. Place the other side of the two cut triangle fabric pieces, pattern-side up, over top the first. Iron the two fabric pieces together. Set aside. Repeat steps 1-5 until all triangles are completed.
6. Cut a fourteen foot length of bias tape. Turn one end of the tape under, hem, sew. Measure and mark twelve inches from end of tape.
7. At the end of the twelve inch mark, open folded bias tape and place triangle edge in middle of inside tape. Sew folded length of bias tape edges together, securing triangle-edged shape inside tape.
8. Measure and mark two inches away from the edge of the just sewn triangle. At this mark, open folded bias tape and place the second triangle inside the tape. Sew folded length of bias tape edges together, securing triangle-edged shape inside tape.
9. Repeat steps 7-8 until all triangle shapes are sewn to banner.
10. After the last triangle-shaped fabric has been sewn to banner, measure and mark fourteen inches. Cut away excess bias tape. Turn under edge of tape, sew together forming a hem.