What is a Pennant exactly?
A couple of years ago I made a O Holy Night swag for Christmas, then my grand daughter had one for her birthday party. I made this fall pennant, but had no idea how to title the blog post accurately. Do I call it a swag, a bunting, a pennant, or a banner? Not wanting to make a mistake I had to look into it. After a couple of hours of reading I discovered they are interchangeable terms.
The tutorial for the pennant is later in this post, but for those like me who need to know ……
Pennant decor comes in a wide variety of different shapes and materials but in a nutshell this is what I learned about naming them.
A swag a piece of fabric fastened to hang in a drooping curve.
A bunting is a lightweight loosely woven fabric used chiefly for flags and festive decorations.
A banner a large strip of cloth with a design, picture, or writing on it.
A pennant usually tapers to a point or swallowtail.
A swallow tail is a deeply forked or tapering tail. By these definitions my project could be named by any one of the definitions.
Now that is out of the way and I am assured I am naming my project correctly, I can continue.
Fall Pumpkin Pennant
Cut out the burlap triangles. The ones pictured are 8 by 5.5 inches . Pennant Pattern You will need two for each section. For the word “Pumpkin” cut 14 triangles. You could use the same process for Fall, Autumn, Gather, etc. as long as you cut two triangles for each letter.
Place interfacing between the two burlap triangles and press. Set aside and repeat for each section. You will end up with seven triangles. If there are any ragged edges leave them for now.
Choose any card stock you like. Cut one smaller triangle (blue triangle in pattern) for each section. I think coordinating paper in different patterns adds interest.
Burlap is hard to attach to, I went to the dollar store and found a package of picture mounts. These worked very well. Use the picture mounts to attach the paper to the burlap. I have also made them using cardboard and hand stitched the corners.
I used a silhouette to cut out my lettering on vinyl. If you don’t have a silhouette you can print the letters out on card stock and carefully cut out with an artists knife. I also found pre cut letters at the dollar store, they even had some in balsa wood.
Assembling the Banner
Fold the top of each section over about half an inch and sew the two corners. Finish the top by adding glue along the very edge to prevent fraying.
Take a piece of twine about 9 feet long, thread the banner with the twine.
Create a noose knot on each end. This will allow you to adjust the length of your pennant.
Once your banner is together, trim off any frayed burlap edges.
These banners are fun to place anywhere in your home. This time I put it on the bay window, with the pumpkin patch displayed below.