Fabric Pennant Banner

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I am in love with this extra long Fabric Pennant Banner. When I was planning my Girls Fancy Room Makeover, I knew I would use one wall for a Giant Gallery Wall. With that said, I didn’t want to use the opposite big wall with more big pictures, but what could I do? One day it popped into my head that a super long pennant banner spanning the wall would be fabulous, fancy, and fun! I’d made many paper pennant banners for parties I’d thrown, but I wanted this one to be more special and sturdy, so decided to sew fabric for the banner.

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Now, I have a sewing machine, and I can sew a straight line, but there are often tears involved with each sewing project I make because something goes awry with my machine and I don’t know how to fix it. My mother is a master seamstress, and since she lives just 3 hours away and moving to Ghana in July, I figured I might as well take advantage ask if she’d mind coming to help with the banner. And by help I mean do-it-all-herself-with-my-opinions-thrown-in-here-and-there. I was working on other aspects of the room as she cut and sewed away. {FYI this was the week after Valentine’s Day–approximately 3 weeks ago at the time of this post.}

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I used the same Riley Blake Designs fabric as I did for the Quilt–I LOVED how it blended together. I also got some teal minky fabric to tie in the darker color, as most of the fabrics were pastel shades, but the room had more bold colors.

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The fabric pieces were cut into triangles 9 inches each on the long side and 6 inches wide across the top. My mom cut approximately 120 triangles that were sewn into 60 pennants. These pennants were sewn together with pink wide double-fold bias tape found at Joann Fabric (we found other colors at Wal mart as well). I was afraid to use too much pink in any other elements in the room because of the pink planked walls, but I love how the pink bias tape anchors the pennant banner. We measured, and the wall was about 15 feet, and with 2 swags, it was 30 feet of banner total. Yeah, that is a SUPER long banner!!

pennant banner

home decor Once we had all of our triangles, we laid them out on the floor to get organized. I didn’t want a specific pattern per se, but also didn’t want too many similar triangles clumped together.

pennant

My mom used a zig zag stitch to attach them all together, and just watching her weave the pennants through, I was SO glad I wasn’t attempting to sew it myself (I would have pinned the pennants to the bias tape, but she didn’t…she’s cool like that). Not gonna lie, the banner itself took probably 10 hours total over a few days. My mom was very patient, and I’m glad my girls got to watch her making the banner, because they can think of her when they look at it.

We thought about the fact that it would be swagging an didn’t want the colors to be just above each other, so notice for example the teal minky fabric triangles (which are the most noticeable) are not on top of each other but spread out from top to bottom of the banner.

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120 triangles cut=60 pennants sewn for a total distance of a 30 foot long banner, swagged at one corner, we actually used a few extra triangles for a mini banner above the purple chair.

15 of each fabric, as well as those we used as “patchwork”

Something about pennant banners just bring joy and fun, and it definitely added that extra element to the girls fancy room.

riley blake fabric pennant banner

Do you love the banner as much as I do? I think a fun banner can add whimsy and fun to any space, especially a child’s room. So if you want to start with something–start with a pennant banner!

To see more details, head on over to the Girls Fancy Room Makeover.