Sometimes, we want to decorate, quickly and easily. Using fabric can be a way to add colour and a nostalgic feel to a celebration. People who do not sew are amazed at some of things that can be made from fabric.
Recently in Halifax, a store had a banner made of pennants with a pinked circle sewen on it with a letter markered inside. It was beautiful ! Together, it read 'Happy Birthday' but it would be limited only by your imagination.
There are all kinds of ways to make pennants and to string them up.
Recently, I found a way to make a pennant from a 10 inch square. Don't despair if you do not have access to a package of 10 inch squares- you can cut a 10 inch width of fabric that you like & get 4 squares or use a fat quarter. Mrs P's will cut any width that you need, so feel free to mix and match what you like.
I was intrigued by this oriental pattern that has come in by Red Rooster, Tadashi. There is a lovely panel and this is one of the 4 complimentary fabric to the panel.
First, the 4 ...10 inch squares were cut out.
Next, the square is folded in 1/2 diagonally and one side is sewn. It doesn't matter which side.
You would make more than one! For this example, I used a piece of ribbon that was handy, but you could use ribbon, binding tape, twill tape, or any string. This works best for a flat 'stringer' as the flap will be sewn done over the ribbon. If it's a round 'stringer, a casing could be made but to prevent the pennants from sliding on the string, they will need a few stitches though the 'stringer' and the pennant.
Ta Da! A finished pennant. Mrs Pugsley's Emporium Inc has a lot of oriental fabrics in stock and I think this would be an awesome way to showcase them. The elegant fabric is enhanced by having a finished edged rather than a raw edged look - but a pinked edge would be a lovely finish on some other more 'rustic' fabric and be totally fun. I can see trying some of those too!
Using a fusible web ( Wonder-Under, for example) you could fuse on letters or numbers or animals or...
A piece of batting could be put inside and then you could practice quilting on a small project to gain confidence. The possibilities are truly endless!
Let you imagination run free and enjoy!