Birthday Pennant Banner

Just 10 days till Levi's birthday!!!  I've been busy menu planning, making a video montage, and working on some other various DIY party things.  Tonight I have one project to share with you - hot of the presses sewing machine!

But first, the back story.

About two years ago I started buying pieces of black and white fabric.  I knew we wanted to do a gender-neutral black and white nursery, and bedding was the best way I knew how to incorporate several fun patterns. My mom did most of the work on the quilt.  I love it to pieces (the binding is not finished on this picture).  I made the crib skirt using this no-sew tutorial.

As soon as I saw this post at Heart Cries last summer, I knew exactly what I would be doing with the extra quilt fabric: a birthday pennant banner for Levi!

- various fabrics
- 7 yard x 1 inch spool of grosgrain ribbon
- double sided fusible interfacing
- iron
- sewing machine & thread
- scissors

Here's kind of what I did:
- Cut a million triangles.  Mine were about 6 inches wide and 6 inches tall.  I cut one and then used it as a template for all the others.
- Cut double sided fusible interfacing triangles.
- Connect two triangles back to back using the fusible interfacing with an iron.
- Run a zig-zag stitch on the edges that won't be covered by the binding.
- Fold ribbon in half over the non zig-zag-ed edge of the triangles and sew a straight stitch.

As you can see, the edges may fray over time, but I'm okay with that.  I dont' really plan to wash this thing more than a few times in my life span.  The longest job was cutting all the triangle.  My mom gave me a FABRIC ONLY scissors for my birthday this year, so this was actually kind of a fun job!

The banner is about 6 yards long.  Every year we will dig it out and hang it up for Levi's birthday week.  I can reminisce about where the fabric came from and tell him his amazing beginning of life story, and it will be a perfect opportunity to dig out the baby pictures and embarrass him.  But really, I just LOVE a tradition!

So after his party, we will pack it away until next year, and the next, and the next... Although, I love it so much, right now it is hanging above my bed, but it also might live in Levi's nursery.  Hehehe, we'll see!

Do you have any birthday traditions in your family?

Sharing this project today over at Not JUST a Housewife.


  1. This is actually what I was planning on doing as a decoration for Kaelyn's birthday. We didn't make a quilt for either child, but I am tired of hanging streamers. I wanted something reusable, so I was going to buy some cheapo fabric and make unmatchy-matchy pendants. It looks great!

  2. I love it!! I have been wanting to make one of these forever-- I have so many great fabric scraps. *Sigh* Now to just do it! (Also, did you get alll YHL on your cutting scissors and write "NO HERB CUTS" in black permanent marker on them??)


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