A party should always include the following: friends, food, and of course, a good dose of festive flare! In the midst of all the details that go into party planning, DIY elements can sometimes take a backseat. Lucky for us, Annie Parsons, aka anniedrawsthings in the Spoonflower Marketplace, has created a beginner-friendly cut-and-sew project that is guaranteed to level-up your party planning prowess: DIY Party Pennants! The best part about these pennants? You can make a complete set in under 30 minutes and they come in two sizes, fat quarter and yard, and three different styles.
Are you ready to see why you’ll be cheering “Hip, Hip, Hooray” by the end of this project?
- 1 Fat Quarter of anniedrawsthings’ Hip Hip Hooray cut-and-sew pennants* on Lightweight Cotton Twill or other fabric that is at least 56″ wide.
- Sewing Machine
- Rotary Blade
- Pinking Shears
- Decorative string for hanging the bunting – We love baker’s twine or embroidery thread
*See Annie’s complete collection of celebratory cut-and-sew pennants here!
1. Cut out the individual pennants following the outline on the fabric. For an almost no-sew project, use pinking shears for the two long edges and a rotary blade or fabric scissors for the top portion.
2. Fold over the top of the pennant 1/2″ to make a pocket. Press with an iron.
3. Topstitch the fold in place, making sure to catch both layers of the fabric to secure the pocket for the string.
4. Repeat the above steps for your remaining letters.
Pro tip: After finishing your first pennant, start sewing the next pennant without cutting the thread, backstitching at the beginning and end of each pennant. This continuous method will streamline your sewing.
5. Once you’ve sewn all your letters, cut apart the string to separate the letters.
6. To determine how much string you’ll need to hang your pennants, set out your letters that way you’d like them to hang. This will also help prevent spelling errors while you’re stringing! Measure out your string based on the width of the layout and cut the embroidery thread or twine to this length.
7. String the thread through the pockets of your letters with an embroidery needle, corner turner or thin household object (straws work great!).
Once you’ve strung all your letters, hang your bunting and get ready to celebrate!
Fat quarter cut-and-sew projects are one of our favorite ways to introduce friends and family, especially kids, to sewing. From dolls to dogs, see what other projects our community has designed in the Marketplace. Do you remember your first sewing memory? Leave a comment below to share!