I love to make something to add to my holiday decor each year – last year it was a table runner, the year before it was a new tree skirt. This year – Holiday Pennant Banner! This came out super super cute, and I have a secret to reveal to you – it’s way easier to make than you think!
There are even a couple of ways to put it together, including a no-sew version! I went with sewing, because I like to sew and I wanted a nice finished look.
Let’s jump right in – – why is this easier than you think?? Because it’s a fabric panel, which means the pennant triangles are all just printed onto fabric. You don’t have to try to find 10 different coordinating fabrics or try to measure out a bunch of triangles. It’s all just stamped onto one piece of fabric – so easy, right?! The panel is from Riley Blake and it’s super cute – I love how it’s traditional colors but at the same time super fun. They also have this snowflakes pattern that coordinates and I used it for the back of my pennants.
The no-sew version is pretty easy – – just cut out the triangles and hang them and you’re good to go. I wanted to sew mine, so I have a quick tutorial for that. First, cut out the triangles, but leave a little edge around them. You can cut right down the center on the panel print, in between each triangle. Also, while you’re cutting, put your panel on top of the backing fabric (the snowflakes) and cut through both layers – that’ll save you from measuring and cutting out triangles again from the backing fabric.
To assemble, place a triangle and a triangle of backing fabric on top of each other, right sides together. You can see through the back of the fabric, so just follow along the outline of the triangle printed on the fabric:
On the top, leave about a 2-3 inch gap where you don’t sew – this is where you’ll turn the pennant right-side out:
After sewing, to make it easier to turn it right-side out and lay flat, snip off the corners perpendicular to each corner, as shown below:
Now, turn the fabric right-side out, being sure to pull out the corners so they’re nice and crisp. I also ironed them all after I turned them right-side out, to help with those crisp edges.
After that I topstitched around each triangle edge – I liked how it gave it a nice finished look. This part is optional, but I like it. You can kind of see the top stitching here:
To hang it, I just used those cute mini clothespins and some twine. I like that I can mix around the order of the pennants if I want, or make two shorter banners, or whatever. Using clothespins makes it super flexible on the outcome.
If you are looking for holiday decor projects, you may want to check out these as well – tutorials can be found via the title links below the photos: