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Fabric Pennant Banner {30 Feet Long}

I am in love with this extra long Fabric Pennant Banner. When I was planning my Girls Fancy Room Makeover, I knew I would use one wall for a Giant Gallery Wall. With that said, I didn’t want to use the opposite big wall with more big pictures, but what could I do? One day it popped into my head that a super long pennant banner spanning the wall would be fabulous, fancy, and fun! I’d made many paper pennant banners for parties I’d thrown, but I wanted this one to be more special and sturdy, so decided to sew fabric for the banner.

room decor

Now, I have a sewing machine, and I can sew a straight line, but there are often tears involved with each sewing project I make because something goes awry with my machine and I don’t know how to fix it. My mother is a master seamstress, and since she lives just 3 hours away and moving to Ghana in July, I figured I might as well take advantage ask if she’d mind coming to help with the banner. And by help I mean do-it-all-herself-with-my-opinions-thrown-in-here-and-there. I was working on other aspects of the room as she cut and sewed away. {FYI this was the week after Valentine’s Day–approximately 3 weeks ago at the time of this post.}

riley blake

I used the same Riley Blake Designs fabric as I did for the Quilt–I LOVED how it blended together. I also got some teal minky fabric to tie in the darker color, as most of the fabrics were pastel shades, but the room had more bold colors.

sewing

The fabric pieces were cut into triangles 9 inches each on the long side and 6 inches wide across the top. My mom cut approximately 120 triangles that were sewn into 60 pennants. These pennants were sewn together with pink wide double-fold bias tape found at Joann Fabric (we found other colors at Wal mart as well). I was afraid to use too much pink in any other elements in the room because of the pink planked walls, but I love how the pink bias tape anchors the pennant banner. We measured, and the wall was about 15 feet, and with 2 swags, it was 30 feet of banner total. Yeah, that is a SUPER long banner!!

pennant banner

home decor Once we had all of our triangles, we laid them out on the floor to get organized. I didn’t want a specific pattern per se, but also didn’t want too many similar triangles clumped together.

pennant

My mom used a zig zag stitch to attach them all together, and just watching her weave the pennants through, I was SO glad I wasn’t attempting to sew it myself (I would have pinned the pennants to the bias tape, but she didn’t…she’s cool like that). Not gonna lie, the banner itself took probably 10 hours total over a few days. My mom was very patient, and I’m glad my girls got to watch her making the banner, because they can think of her when they look at it.

We thought about the fact that it would be swagging an didn’t want the colors to be just above each other, so notice for example the teal minky fabric triangles (which are the most noticeable) are not on top of each other but spread out from top to bottom of the banner.

fabric

120 triangles cut=60 pennants sewn for a total distance of a 30 foot long banner, swagged at one corner, we actually used a few extra triangles for a mini banner above the purple chair.

15 of each fabric, as well as those we used as “patchwork”

Something about pennant banners just bring joy and fun, and it definitely added that extra element to the girls fancy room.

riley blake fabric pennant banner

Do you love the banner as much as I do? I think a fun banner can add whimsy and fun to any space, especially a child’s room. So if you want to start with something–start with a pennant banner!

To see more details, head on over to the Girls Fancy Room Makeover.

Kristen Duke

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  1. So pretty!! A great idea to add some fun and color to a room.

    I relate to you on the machine issues… mine never has a breakdown, but something goes wrong on my end… a seam is waaaay too crooked, I cut something wrong, the thread I swore matched at the store looks hideous at home… Sewing machine drama :)
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  2. I totally love this banner, it adds lots of whimsy and flair to the room! I love the fabric choices, so fun and modern! I am in awe of how much work you (and your entire family) have put into this room, it makes it that much more special!
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      This room has a lot of details, more so than any others. I think b/c hey Almost won a contest for a room makeover, my wheels were already turning on the details. It was a fun project to all work on together!

  3. Super cute! My kids both asked to have the paper pennant banner I made for a baby shower I hosted on their walls. It’s held up for 6 months, and they both don’t want me to take it down. Maybe if I tried a fabric one they would change their mind…

    And thank goodness for moms. My mom is a master seamstress too, and I am in awe of what she can do.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I love to make paper banners for parties, too, but yes the fabric will hold up much longer! How fun that your mom has some mad sewing skills, too.

  4. Jackie Sorich says:

    Great job! I am very impressed that you both thought of the swags not being the same colors top and bottom, good planing. I have made lots of paper pennant banners and they do take time to plan (well worth the time), they are so fun and fresh. I notice the lantern, what do you have inside? The lantern looks lovely also. You certainly have a great eye for design in everything you do. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Jackie

    • Kristen Duke says:

      thank you, jackie! Inside the lantern are decorative balls that I spray painted. Sortof like twigs in the shape of a ball. Thank you for your sweet words, made my day!

  5. I’m in the middle of making a banner for my daughter’s room but now looking at yours I’m thinking I love the two banners. Guess I’m in for a few extra long nights. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love this and thanks for the instructions!!! I have a question ~ it doesn’t look like the triangles have raw edges. Do they have raw edges or did your Mom do something else to them? Thanks

    • Kristen Duke says:

      She sewed them inside out and then we flipped them, so no, the raw edges are not on the outside, on the inside. Hope that helps!

  7. Thank you so much for the detailed instructions! I made an adorable banner for my daughter’s room with week and your post was my main resource. Adorable!!! Much appreciated :)

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