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Sew Polished Fabric Party Pennants

Annie Parsons, Art and Creativity

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8 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Tracing

    • 4. Cutting

    • 5. Pinning / Clipping

    • 6. Sewing

    • 7. More Ideas

    • 8. Final Thoughts


About This Class

Fabric party pennants are a fun and easy sewing project for beautiful, reusable home and event decorations. In this approachable crafting class, we'll walk through the entire process for cutting, sewing, and assembling sturdy custom bunting for all occasions. 

Basic sewing machine knowledge will be required for this class. DIY bunting is the perfect craft for a beginner who can sew straight seams, or for the experienced sewist looking for a fun afternoon project!


1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Anne and I'm an illustrator, textile designer and Crafter. One of my favorite projects that I've designed has been cut so bunting for all kinds of occasions. So today we're going to be making our own party pennants as a beautiful and reusable decoration. Whether you're brand new to sewing or you're an experienced crafter that's looking for a simple project, this is a D I. Y that's going to yield some really nice Polish results, so let's get started. 2. Supplies: before we start putting in repentance together, let's take a minute to look at the supplies that will be using for our project. So, first and foremost, we have our fabric. The fabric I'm going to be using today is a fat quarter of spoon flowers, organic contents, a teen. I really love the subtle sheen and the durability of the organic cotton Soutine. The sovereign comes in a 28 by 18 Fat quarter, which is a little bit bigger than a regular fat quarter, and the design on the fabric is my watercolor circles and blue from my spoon flower shop. I chose the classic blue because it's 20 twenties color of the year, and I just really love the simple water color texture on this fabric to trace my pendant shapes. I'll be using a single pennant flag template that I created, and it's attached to this class. If you'd like to use it as well, I've just printed it on card stock and cut it out and I'll be tracing it onto my fabric. And a later lesson. This pennant flag template is designed to be able to get 14 pennant flags out of a 28 by 18 Fat quarter like I have with the organic cotton Soutine spoon flour is a really great place to get a hold of 28 by 18 fat quarters. But if you want to use regular sized fat quarter, you can absolutely do that just to yield few repentance. Or you can use a yard to yield more penance. Using this template. It's up to you and really depends on how many flags you want on your final strand of penance to trace my single pennant flag template onto your fabric, you can use a pencil or tailor's chalk. Or today I'm going to be using a friction pen, which is a ballpoint pen that actually disappears with heat. So I will be using the pen to trace the template onto the fabric, and then when I iron my pendant flags later, the ink will actually disappeared. After you've traced your flags, you could cut them out using pinking shears or scissors. Or I actually have a pinking blade on my rotary cutter, which is going to make it super easy to cut these out. I definitely recommend pinking shears or a pinking rotary cutter because that'll give a really cute zigzag edge onto the flags, and it'll prevent fraying as well. So it's for both style and durability. If you don't have those things, scissors work just fine as well. I would just recommend something like free check on the edges of your flags to prevent them from fraying if you want to reuse them. I also have just some regular straight pins toe pin my flags together. Of course, since this is a sewing project will be using a sewing machine and a thread that matches your fabric just a general all purpose sewing machine thread. And then we have a couple options for binding our pennant flags together into one long strand, and we'll talk about that more in a later lesson. But the two options I have laid out here and that will talk about later our bias tape, which is a long strip of fabric that's cut on the bias and then folded over, and twill tape, which is a durable woven tape that you can. So, too, we'll talk about that more a little bit later. So once you have a liver supplies together, it's time to start tracing your template onto your fabric. 3. Tracing: So in this lesson, I'll be tracing my pennant flag shapes onto my fabric with the friction pen that I showed you before. So, as I mentioned in the previous lesson, I printed out the template that's attached to this class, and I cut it out on card stock so I could trace it onto my fabric. Before you start this step, it may be helpful to think about the space that you're pendants are going to go in, or the way that you want to use them and think about roughly how long you'd like your penance strand to be. So I flipped my fabric over, and I'm tracing onto the wrong side of the fabric. As I said before, my pen marks should disappear without a problem, but just in case, I don't want them on the front of my penance, and it will be easier for me to see on the lighter side of the fabric. So I'm just taking my time here and following the shape from the template. So when you nest, your pendant shapes into each other like I'm doing here. By flipping my template upside down, you can get two rows of seven flags for a total of 14 flags on your 28 by 18 fat quarter. This project can yield more flags or fewer, depending on how much fabric you want to use. So as you can see, I'm flipping my flag template upside down to get the most out of my fabric here. So when you're choosing fabric for this project, it will really be useful toe pick a print that's non directional, meaning that the elements don't have to face a certain way to be right side up. That way, you can flip your template around as many times as you want to get the most flags out of your fabric. And when you cut your fabric that way, it really adds a nice randomness to your flags that no one flag is going to look exactly the same as the other because the pattern is displayed differently on each one. So I'm just continuing here, tracing my shapes and nesting my template flags into each other. It doesn't have to be perfect, as you can see him getting a couple of my shapes a little, uh, slanted, or maybe going into the salvage a little bit for this fabric. It doesn't matter because my background is white, so the little bit of white Selve it's showing on the edge of the fabric shouldn't be a problem. But if you do run out of room and want to try again, you can always iron the fabric. If you're working with the fiction friction pen like I am or Taylor's talk will come off with water. Okay, so I've got all of my pendant blanks traced out, and now it's time to cut them. 4. Cutting: so my next step is to start cutting out the flags that I've traced onto my fabric. There's really no trick to this. It's just following the lines, although one thing I might suggest to save you some time is to start by cutting a straight line down either side of your traced flags where the tops of the flags lineup and then one long line down the middle, where the Rose air divided. Then you can follow the angles of each row. - I'm really pleased with Independent flags are looking. They look really polished in uniform, so let's move on to a petting them together. 5. Pinning / Clipping: so another dependent flags air cut out. The next step is to pin them together to our binding. As I mentioned before, Tool tape and bias tape are both really good options for binding your pendant flags together. If you choose to use tool tape, you can wrap the top of each flag around the tape and then sew a seam along the top and the bottom toe hold together. I'm going to be using bias tape for my flags today, but here's something we made earlier with total tape, just to show you how it looks when it's finished. So as you can see, just wrapping the top of the flag around the twill and then doing to seems along the top of the bottom holds it together really well and looks really clean and polished. They're also super sturdy. As you can see, I'm talking here, and it's not giving way at all, but for the flags will be making today. I'm going to be using bias tape, and I'm going to leave about 12 inches of tape on either side for tying. So what I'm going to do is insert the top of my flag into the bias tape all the way up until the top edges flush against that inward crease. So I started this process using straight pins, just pinning the tape closed and going straight through the flag to hold it together. And that works just fine, but part of the way through. I decided it would be faster to use quilting clips, which are these really small, durable, colorful clips. And you can get quite a lot of them on Amazon for not a whole lot. And it made this process just a lot quicker and easier to insert the flag into the tape and then clip it closed with the quilting clip. I just put one clip on each side of you to flag. Since the flag goes all the way to the top of the tape, it held it together just fine, and it actually made it easier to put it through the machine this way. So for these pendants, I've decided to break up my 14 Flags into two strands of seven to make them easier to hang . So after my seventh flag, I'm just going to leave another 12 inches of bias tape on the other side for tying, and this is ready to go through the machine 6. Sewing: Okay, so I've got all my flags pinned or clip together. I've got my sewing machine ready. I've just got my normal all purpose sewing machine thread, and I've gotten edging foot on my machine to make sure that I keep really nice straight lines. And it's time just to So these with some simple straight seems I'm just taking my time with it, making sure my lines are straight. It gets kind of hypnotic after a while, putting it through the machine. I realized after sowing this first scene that I actually missed to the underside of my bias tape, so I'd only caught one side of my bias tape in my seem. But that's OK. I just took another straight seem just a little bit further to the left on that bias tape, and it turned out fine. It's just extra sturdy, and you can remove your pins and clips as you go with this first scene, because this is gonna hold the bias tape and the flags together really well. The extra seems that you take later are just for further support. So now that I've got that first seemed done along the bottom of my bias tape. I'm going to take another across the top for further durability and support. You'll notice. Here is well that I've pinned each end of the biased tape closed in an angled shape to finish it off. So I'm just going to So that closed real quick and that's done. I ended up sewing on extra seem from what I intended, but it looks really neat and tidy, and I think it's gonna be really sturdy. Okay, so our strand of penance is finished on a really pleased with how it looks. Join me in the next lesson to see my final project and to discuss some ideas on creative display. 7. More Ideas: I'm really pleased with how they spend. It's turned out. I think they're really fun and sturdy and the color is super neat. And I think there are so many different ways that they can be used. Fabric pendants are great for parties, for weddings, just to brighten up your space to bring some color into your room, whether that's for you or maybe for a child's room or nursery. The fact that you can customize the fabric with spoon flour as well means that there are so many event specific seasonal, specific things that you can do with the fabric. Or, if you're using them to decorate, you can find some colors and designs that really speak to you and express your style. You can also get more creative in the way that you put your penance together. You could add a saying, using iron on letters or pre printed letters, such as the ones that are in my spoon flower shop. You could add embroidery. You can use multiple different fabrics on your penance for a fund mix and match feel. I think there are plenty of different ways that you could take the ideas in this class toe further customize your penance and make something really special for your home or for a celebration. Whatever you do, I know it's going to be really unique and really beautiful, and I'm really excited to see it. Join me in the next lesson for some final thoughts before you create your class project. 8. Final Thoughts: I had so much fun putting my pendants together, and I hope that you did Teoh. I'd love to see them. So please do post a picture of your penance to the project gallery on. Maybe write a little bit about your process, making them and how you plan to use them. I'll be happy to give you some feedback on your work or answer any questions that you might have. You can also contact me through the discussion board below or on social media. I'm at any draws things on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Thanks again for joining me today, and I'll see you next time.