Today, I am doing a cake smash session. I am so excited because they are so much fun! For this session, I made a fabric pennant banner and I want to show you how I made it, in case you need one of your own!
I used HeatNBond to stop the fraying and add stability to my pennants. This is my second banner that I have made using this method. It is a little time consuming (took me about two - three hours) but it lasts!
I ended up with two banners about six feet long. Each pennant is eight inches long with a 10 in drop.
Cardstock [to make your pennant stencil]
1.5 yards of fabric
HeatNBond (no sew version)
Twine or Jute
Iron & Ironing Board
Make your triangle stencil for the pennants. I took a standard piece of cardstock that and trimmed it down to 8x10. On one of the 8 inch ends, I marked it in the middle at four inches. I then drew a line from the middle and across to each corner to create triangle. Once I cut this triangle out, I had my pennant guide.
Use your stencil to trace the triangle onto the the paper side of the Heat N Bond. You will need twelve triangles. Trace and cut them out.
Now to cut the fabric for the pennants. We are going to make long strips of fabric that are a little wider than your pennants, and a little more than double their length. I used the width of the fabric and folded it into approx 8.25 in sections.
Lay your fabric over the iron board with the width lying across it. Line up your side seems to create a straight line. Iron across the width to create a line in the fabric.
At this point, I used my pennant stencil and checked that the fabric was wide enough for the pennant.
Cut on your ironed line and repeat. I cut six strips. These strips were long enough that when folded in half, each half was long enough to double the pennant. So I ironed each of these in half and cut to to give me twelve pieces - one for each pennant.
Now to assemble the banner! Grab a strip of fabric, your twine/jute, and one of your heat n bond triangles.
Take each strip of fabric. Fold it in half and iron it. I know. Again! Last time. Promise. You are going to sandwich the Heat N Bond triangle here!
I started my pennant with two arms length of twine in front of the first pennant. Line your twine up with the midline of the fabric. Lay the flat edge of your HeatNBond triangle on top of the twine with the paper side up. Using your iron, press the HeatNBond triangle. The glue will bond the twine to the fabric. Refer to the Heat N Bond directions for ironing time. Let this cool before peeling the paper off your fabric. The HeatNBond will stay behind! If not, repeat the iron/cool process. Fold the other half of the fabric over and iron again (following the HeatNBond instructions for your fabric). Now you have a rectangle, and you have to trim it down to get the fray-free triangle pennant. If you take the bottom corner of the pennant and fold it over, you can tell where the heat and bond is. I ironed it to create a line (did I lie about it being the last time?) an then cut my triangle!
After you trim the pennant into a triangle, add the next one. I kept four inches between my pennants. With six pennants per banner, my banners were about six feet long. You could use all pennants on one for a longer banner and you can play with the spacing. I added two arm lengths of jute after the last pennant. The space before and after gives you room to secure the banner.
And my finished result...
Stay tuned for my blog post on the cake smash session!