Party Pennants

Party pennants decorating the MAKESHOP

Today is the MAKESHOP’s First Birthday! We’ve made things with 250,000 kids, teens and adults this past year. To celebrate, the MAKESHOP™ team and kid makers decorated the shop with fun party pennants and soon we’ll blow out the candles on a giant, light up robot cake.

Party pennants are a simple sewing project perfect for makers just learning to sew. Click here to download our Party Pennant How To. Here’s our step by step instructions so that YOU can make party pennants for your next bash! . . .

Step 1:  Make a Pattern A sewing pattern is a paper guide, usually exactly the same size and shape as the fabric pieces you’ll use for your project.

  • Draw an isosceles triangle on the construction paper, the desired size of your pennants. An isosceles triangle as 2 equal sides and 2 equal angles less than 90 degrees.
    • Start by drawing the top, shorter line
    • Find the center by measuring the line and dividing by 2
    • Sketch a straight line down from center
    • Connect each end of the short line to the center line
    • Cut out the isosceles triangle. This is your pattern!

Step 2: Make the Fabric Triangles

  • Pin the pattern to a piece of fabric
  • Cut the fabric only around the border of the pattern.
  • Do this twice, so that you have 2 matching triangles. (They can be different fabrics)
  • Decorate your fabric triangles! If you want your pennants to say something, add each letters to the fabric triangles during this step.

Step 3: Sewing

  • Pin 2 fabric triangles together, with the most vivid side of the fabrics facing each other.
  • Hand sew around the two long sides of the triangle.
  • Do not sew the short side of the triangle yet.
  • When finished, turn the fabric inside out, so now the vivid sides are facing out!

Step 4: Make It a Pennant!

  • Lay the ribbon on top of the short edge of your triangle
  • Sew the ribbon to the triangle. This seals your short edge and attaches the triangle to the ribbon.
  • Repeat! Attach as many triangles as you like, at an even distance from one another down the ribbon.
  • Hang your ribbon to decorate beautifully with something you MADE YOURSELF.

Send us a photo of homemade party pennants at your next party at STAY CALM AND MAKE ON!

*SAFETY NOTE: Sewing by hand is best to learn with an adult helper until you build your confidence and experience. Store and use sewing pins and needles with care and never hold them in your mouth while working, kid makers.

MAKESHOP is a maker space at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Click here to learn more about it.

© 2012 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh


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