Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Vintage-Inspired Pennant Banner

Hello, Lovlies! I hope you are all doing well this morning. I was awoken this morning at 5:30 to the sound of birds chirping! The first time this year! So, this post is very appropriate, because it is all about Spring! Spring is my favorite time of year, the trees are just now starting to bud, the grass is getting more and more green every day!

This is what this tutorial is for, isn't it stunning!?
I think so!
Step 1: Make your template. I just used a plain piece
of paper, folded in one inch on both sides, and cut out
a triangle on the bottom. Place your template over your
fabric, and make the cut (cut two if your fabric is thin)!
{FYI, I used the cheapest white muslin available}

Sew, sew, sew! This is an EXTREMELY easy sewing
project, it is all straight lines. I wanted the vintage-y look
so I didn't particularly care if the seams were not straight.
If your fabric is thick enough to not use two pieces, you
don't have to sew (obviously) but, you may want to,
it adds a little somethin' somethin' to it, ya know?

{I tea dyed my fabric in between these steps, and I was
too excited to even remember to take pictures. I used an
herbal tea, the flavor was Wild Berry, it gave the muslin
a slightly pink tint. Which at first I didn't like, but in the end
I thought it was great, and went well with my Spring theme}

I tried printing right onto my fabric, but it didn't work.
At all. I was very disappointed, but I found another
thing to use instead. Enter Iron-On T-Shirt Paper! {Tip:
I suggest printing it out on regular paper so you don't
waste your iron on paper. That way you can make sure
your text is the right size, and the right font for you.}
Use your paper according to manufacturer's directions.
They probably all ask for you to mirror your image though.
I used an Exacto knife to cut it out. {If you just cut
around the image, you'll end up with a clear/shiny
border that looks kinda mega tacky.}

Just another check to make sure
this is really what I wanted...


Take a step back, and admire your labor of love.

I added another element to the pennants. I singed the edges
with a lighter, just enough to give it a faux patina.

I do this a lot. I love to look at what I've done so far, so
here's another pic of me admiring my awesomeness.

LAST STEP: Hot glue your string on to the backs of
your pennants, in your desired spacing. I chose hot glue
because if I should ever desire to move it, I may need to
re-do the spacing, and a dab of hot glue wouldn't be too
hard to remove.

And... hang it up! I am so in love with this project.
This is the one time that it turned out EXACTLY how I
wanted! I am so proud of myself. :}

My wonderful Dad made this shelf for me, he's the greatest.

And, I just love the hardware on it too!
Well, there you have it! Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. This is the one area in my house that I am completely happy with. So, let me know what you think!
What projects have you done to help you remember/celebrate Spring or Easter?
I do apologize for the red in the pictures, lighting in a condo isn't always the greatest... I would also LOVE it if you would follow my blog, it makes me so happy to get new friends, and establish new relationships!

Linking to: Anything You Want Wednesday at Free Pretty Things For You
Thrifty Thursdays 
Under $100 Party 
No Minimalist Here
White Wednesday 
Vintage Inspiration Fridays 
Air Your Laundry at Freckled Laundry
Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring 
Show and Tell Friday 
Decor to Adore 
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots and Jello


Stefanie Thomson said...

Erin it looks stinkin SWEET! I really love it!!

Lesley Litrento said...

Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Eileen said...

Erin! I love your little creative brain. Keep it up! And then post it.

House Revivals said...

Cool banner! I love how you gave it an aged feel.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Love the vintage look of the banner.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Wow, finally............could not get the comment box to come up for some reason and I clicked on it a jillion
times!! lol

Hi Erin,
Anyway, love your cute spring banner, just adorable and looks so lovely stretched across your shelf,
I actually thought it was a mantle.
Your dad did an awesome job on the shelf as well, and you have it decorated so sweetly too.

Now I have to say I think you were brave to singe that baby, I would be afraid It would go up in flames after all that hard work!! lol
You really did a great job on it hon.
Blessings, Nellie

Kindra-At Home With K said...

I'm visiting from Beyond the Picket Fence. Love the look your created with this fun spring banner. Taking the lighter to the edges gives it a great look! Your "mantel" area looks great as well!

I host a weekly linky party on Tuesdays called Terrfic Under Ten. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love to have you link up sometime!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Erin, Your banner is adorable and I love the lavender in the jars. Thanks for sharing this cute Spring project at my party.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I absolutely adore this project! I am hosting a Springtime Craft and Project linky party today and I would love it if you would particpate.

There is a giveaway involved. :)

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

I Love the Banner & Thank You for Sharing with us....

Debra@Common Ground said...

Great idea, love the "vintagy-ness" of it!! Thanks for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

My Wonderfully Made said...

This is so perfect! Love the way you did the letters -- so vintage!

Lorraine said...

Very pretty, love the font for the banner.

Herman Grans ♥ said...

Looks good! You SHOULD be proud of it :D Have a nice weekend :) Grete

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

I love your banner! You can print on fabric!...just iron muslin to freezer paper and cut it to fit your printer...then print away!

Have a great day!

Erin said...

For those of you who don't have email attached to your profile, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to you all. Your comments lifted my spirits this week. I really do appreciate the time you took out of your busy lives to check out my project, and leave a comment!
Love from,

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

That looks really easy. I love the antiqued look!

Sherry said...

I love your spring banner. I am inspired to make one myself. I have everything I need to get it done, I just have to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration. I saw your project featured at Air Your Laundry at Freckled Laundry.

Rachel said...

Lovin this banner, you did an awesome job. I like the whole wall decor, I have not been to your house in so long. Where is this placed? Spring is such a fun time isn't it! Keep crafting, it's such a great and rewarding thing, I think.

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