Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Birthday Pennant Banner

My baby boy will be one soon so I'm getting ready for his birthday using the scraps I got this past weekend at the Scrap Exchange.  I've seen banners like this in Pottery Barn Kids.  I liked them so I thought I'd give it a shot.
I cut two triangles out of fabric and sewed them with the right sides together, just like you would a pillow.  Then I turned them inside out and pressed them flat.  I didn't sew the third side of the triangle (the top of the pennant) but sandwiched it between two pieces of navy grosgrain ribbon sewn together.  The letters are super easy iron-ons.  
The entire project took me two nights after the wee one went to bed, while the hubby was out and while listening to the latest podcast from Craft Sanity.  I love that these old scraps are now something we'll get to enjoy year after year. 


Karen said...

I love this! Can you teach me to sew? Seriously.

Karen Benson

Adam and Nat said...

So cute! It looks time consuming, but since you can use it year after year, definitely worth it!

Melody Strong Harrell said...

I see these all the time in high-end magazines! How great that you have found an economical and personal way to "create" these yourself! If you don't stop inspiring me then I'm gonna take all your ideas!!!! Don't worry, I'll always give you the credit! :) I've added some new crafts of my own to my blog - check them out!

Great Job!!!

Water Tower Aficionado said...

Thanks for the post. Have you heard about this?
Kelley D
Scrap Exchange Board President

5th Annual Charity Game Night for The Scrap Exchange
Mission - Promote creativity, environmental awareness and community through creative reuse of industrial discards.

Date: Saturday, November 8
Time: 7pm-10pm
Location: The Scrap Exchange Store, 548 Foster Street, Durham, NC

-No-limit Texas Hold-em is the game of choice.
-Beginner and veteran poker players welcome.
-For every $20 donated to The Scrap Exchange, players will receive $200 in poker chips and a tax deductible receipt.
-No need to pre-register but reserve your space by emailing Kelley at
-The player at each table with the most chips at the break and end of the night will receive a prize.
-Drinks and snacks provided.

Current prizes include gift certificates from: Carolina Rollergirls, Barnes & Noble, JJill, Drag Bingo, Phydeaux Dog Supplies, Frankie's, Consolidated Theaters, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Galaxy Theater, Red Lobster, Nice Price Books, Sarla licensed massage therapist and more added daily.

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jason and jen said...

That is the cutest banner ever! You are so talented!

kvtravis said...

wow, this is awesome!

Christy said...

Hey Sarah!

My little one's second birthday is just around the corner and I had the idea to make one of these for her birthday. I am going to make it themed along with the party. I'm hoping to do one for her every year in order to start a new tradition in our family.

How big were the triangles you used? If I made a banner with say 5 or 7 penants how much fabric do you think I'd need?


Sarah said...

You've got a great idea to make the pennant in the theme of your party! I made one that's fairly generic so I could use it year after year. My triangles were probably 7-10 inches at the longest point, although it really depends on the size of your iron on letters and what you think looks best. I used fabric scraps, but you could get away with 1/2 yard of your favorite fabric for 5-7 pennants. I'd love to see a picture when you're done! Happy crafting!