Saturday, March 19, 2011

Easy Bunting/Pennant Tutorial

You know me - I like quick and easy. Okay, some might say I'm lazy. So I thought I'd share my super-simple and very quick method for putting together a cute pennant for anyone else out there like me.
I like to use two fabric triangles per pennant, just to give some more body to the pennants and help them hang nicely.  (I die cut my pennants using my Accuquilt Go Cutter, but you could cut them with a rotary cutter as well.) To sew them together I just match the triangles wrong sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam along the two-hanging sides, leaving the edges raw.  After sewing, I starch and press the pennants.
I then use Wrights Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape (available at any sewing store, Walmart, etc.) to string the pennants together.  I tried pinning once, but it was more of a pain then a help.  I've found it much easier to tuck the top (unsewn) edge of the pennants inside the fold of the Bias Tape and sew across the bottom edge of the tape, sewing the pennant in the process. As I get about an inch and a half away from the end of the pennant, I insert the next pennant, overlapping about an inch and continue sewing the tape shut across the top of the triangle.
Thats it. Easy, peasy. No pinning, no turning triangles right-sides out.  It's not the most Martha way to assemble pennants, but it goes together quickly. I like to let the fabric do the hard part of making it look cute.  The end.

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25 comments:

  1. Thanks Amy, its my daughters 3rd Birthday next week and I was looking for a Tutorial, I may use scraps I have and Scraps for the binding tape too. Your the best, great timing!

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  2. This is how I do mine too. Pinning is such a hassle on this project, I"m glad to see that someone else skips it :-)

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  3. can't wait to try these with the ones i got from you!

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  4. I love ALL the projects you do with vintage sheets! especially this one!

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  5. Thanks for this! I also bought some vintage pennants from you and have been wondering how to proceed. I can't wait to get to town and buy the bias tape!

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  6. I love this! And I love that you used it with vintage sheets! Thanks for that simple tutorial.

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  7. You? Lazy? Never!!

    I like that these are no-turn pennants. I *hate* turning.

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  8. Question. I've been following your blog for awhile now. You are an experienced quilter and would like to know if I should send my quilts to the quilters or attempt to quilt it myself on my simple sewing machine. I am a novice quilter, intermediate sewer. I am making two twin size quilts for my daughers as their bedspread so it will get a lot of use. I used good quality fabric and my main objective is for these quilts to last. So, will my quilts hold up better if I send them to the quilters or will a stitch in the ditch suffice. I know it won't look as nice but again, my objective is for the quilt to last and as you said let the fabric do the work. Thanks for your time.

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  9. I think it's funny that the sheets I had on my bed (which are in your project here) as a child that I hated so much are now showing up as "vintage" and are so loved by others. It just makes me smile to see.

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  10. perfectly timed tutorial for me...just received my package from you! LOVE it!!! thanks again!!!

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  11. I'm with you on easy. This is how i do it!! I'm more lazy though. I don't even double layer my pennants. I need to make a spring one now!

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  12. I heart simple and easy and this is so cute. Thanks for sharing!!

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  13. Such pretty fabrics. I've yet to find graphic print vintage sheets...all of mine are florals. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  14. Love this - thanks for the tutorial, may be using it soon for a baby shower!

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  15. Fun tutorial. These are so popular now. Nice to have an easy method to make them!

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  16. I'm not sure how anyone who quilts can classify themselves as lazy. This is adorable though, and I plan to make one out of vintage sheets for my daughter's first birthday thanks to your inspiration. Thank you!

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  17. Sooo Cute! someday I will make one.. I must too cute!

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  18. Beautiful! I love easy. :D Beautiful blog as well. Thank you!

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  19. so smart and sweet. Thank you for sharing it.

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  20. i don't know if i'll hear back from you but i'm wondering where you found that green/pink/yellow/blue floral in the photos on the sewing machine? my mom had yards and yards of it in the late 70s because my older sister's room was covered in it (curtains, wallpapered, blanket, sheets, etc) very curious! :)

    erin7as@yahoo.com

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  21. I love this bunting! I'm making some for my courtyard wedding, afterward I want to turn in into a keepsake quilt. Do you have any great tips for how I should do it?

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  22. Ohsewbetty - hoping that you see this since I didn't have a return email address:

    What a cute idea for a wedding! I think you could easily turn your pennants into a quilt - you would just need to detach them from whatever you use to string them together. A quilt like this would be cute: http://fredashive.blogspot.com/2011/06/baby-banner-quilt.html

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