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Make it Monday: Patriotic Pennant Tutorial

Patriotic Pennant 

Patriotic Pennant
This is a fun project + a great way to use up random embellishments, fabric scraps and old denim jeans (yours or your husband’s LOL).

Supplies:  Denim Jeans you’d like to upcycle, Canvas, Red + Navy Ticking (although you can use whatever!), Fabric/T-Shirt Transfer Paper, Victorian Fourth of July One by Piddix.  Sewing Machine or hand needle and thread, Fabric Tac, Wide Bias Tape, Embroidery Thread, Random Embellishments.  Pinking Shears (optional) or scissors.  Iron + Ironing Board.

Make yourself a template out of cardstock (mine is 5″ by 8″ by 8″).  Cut 6 triangles out of the jeans, 6 out of the Red Ticking and 6 from the Navy Ticking.

Sew your triangles into pennants.  I made a 1/2 border around the two long sides.

IMG_4353When you get to the edge of the pennant, to make a angle, leave your needle in, lift the foot, and pivot the fabric.

Download your graphics from Piddix and print on the T-Shirt Transfer paper (follow package instructions).  I cut the individual images out before transferring them to canvas.

IMG_4348This is when I figured out my images were backwards and than meant the writing was too!  I’m sure there’s a way to remedy this but I decided to dig into my embellishments stash.  You could also just print the images onto cardstock and sew or adhere them to your pennants.

Edited:  From Piddix on flipping images– For reverse printing, many printers have an option under layout for “flip horizontally.” 

I chose my four favorite images, cut them out with pinking shears and decided where to put them.

IMG_4351My pattern was red ticking/denim/navy ticking.


I embellished the images before sewing so I could see “where to sew” but you could sew the canvas to the pennants first.

I measured my mantle (ok when I say “measured” I mean I stretched my bias tape out on to figure out how long the project needed to be).  Then I pinned and sewed the pennants to the bias tape.  I also went over the project with my Fabri-Tac in hand to secure any loose spots.

That’s it!  I’m using this to decorate the house for Memorial Day and again for Fourth of July.

Patriotic Pennant




  1. How cute! I love how you used the patriotic vintage transfers. What a great idea!

  2. Meredith Fane says:

    Wow! This is an impressive piece of craftiness. I love how you figured out how to cover the backwards words with embellishments. Made it even cuter!

  3. this is so adorable! it’s such a clever idea to use up some old denim.

  4. Ahhh! I am squealing! What a fantastic project! A truly neat metamorphosis.
    It took 23 years to complete my most recent project. Come take a peek.

  5. Those transfer turned out great! Thanks for linking up to Craftastic Monday!

  6. SO SO CUTE and Festive!! I love all the added touches.

  7. love this project! that tshirt transfer paper is just the thing i’ve been looking for for a project i’m working on. thanks for sharing!!

  8. That is so adorable! I’m not at all crafty but I would totally hang that on my mantel! :)
    Dropping in from Tuesday Tag-Along. Now following your blog.

  9. This is very sweet. Might have to give this a whirl for 4th of July!

  10. WOW! That is very cool. Got my creative juices flowing. Happy Tuesday Tag-a-Long.

  11. Super Cute! I love it and thanks for such a great tutorial!

  12. so cute. Here from Tuesday tag along, new follower. You can follow back at

  13. I love it and thanks for the large pictures so I can see what it was you were doing. I’m here from the Tuesday blog hop and I am you newest follower. Come visit my blog and follow me, and leave a comment so I’ll know okay? Thanks. Great crafting.

  14. Margaret Hayes says:

    Clever project. I’m enjoying your blog Malia!

  15. Saying hi from New Friend Friday…this is so cute! I love the fabrics and textures you used!

  16. What a super idea, what a crafty mind you have there.

  17. This is so adorable, thanks for the tuto!

  18. Saying hello from New Friend Friday. What a cute idea. I love those vintage transfers, so fun!

  19. This is so sweet and I have a soft spot for patriotic decor. The clip art is fantastic!

  20. That is soooo cute! Great job! :)

  21. What great luck that I found your blog! Thanks for sharing this cute craft.

  22. I love your busy kids bag! I even have some of that zoo fabric. It is so cute.
    Congratulations on your new shop!!!

  23. Rebecca Pleich says:

    You are so talented. Thanks for making it easy for me the enter for super cute busy bag :-)

  24. Rebecca Pleich says:

    Ok, now maybe you can help me learn to type…. I meant to say “making it easy for me to enter for the super cute busy bag….UG!

  25. What a terrific idea – my kiddos would love these bags!

  26. I am a follower of YOT.

  27. I subscribe to the YOT feed.

  28. I also follow on Twitter!

  29. Oh my goodness!!!! So precious! I linked to your blog today with my fabulous prize!!! I’ll definitely be trying out recipes this summer, and continue to be very excited!! Thanks again! Looking forward to following along on your next blogging adventure.

  30. Hey Mal, I love your ideas. I love the chance to win a busy bee bag too. Perfect for summer trips in the car.

  31. michelleb. says:

    I love the images that were added to the banner. Do you know where I might find them?

  32. The images are from Piddix (
    These are from “Fourth of July 1″
    There are all kinds of fab images for sale there!

  33. What a great idea! If I do not win I will have to get one for teh road and out to dinner!

  34. I followed

  35. Maybe a race car or cute car fabric??? maybe even a 2 or 3 packets for a hot wheel to be held – my son would be in HEAVEN!

  36. I love the Busy Kids Bags! What a great way for the kids to store their creative goods. It would be a great addition to a long road trip too!

  37. Roz Clarke says:

    You are a very, very smart woman. Thanks for inspiring me too!

  38. Love your banner! Very cute.

  39. Great idea. Looks great. Congrats on being featured at Todays Creative Blog.

  40. Love the tutorial. Found you over at TCB. Your kids bags are super cute! Thanks for the chance to win one. I would have to order another as well…the kids would love them!!!

  41. We would love ball fabric….sports fans over here…also, girly fabric…maybe princess or ladybugs etc.

  42. It’s true, sometimes it is ok to be a follower. I can’t believe ive missed so many crafty things!! I’m glad to be following!

  43. oh my this is sooooooooooooooo CUTE!!!!!!

  44. Can I put these pennants on Tickled Pink tomorrow…in honor of Memorial Day and to gear up for the 4th!

  45. ok, i think i got the following thing right this time. i think.

  46. I am always looking for a way to keep busy fingers and hands busy when we’re out and about. This looks like so much fun!

  47. I am following you, now that I have a typepad account it seems to be a lot easier to leave comments on typepad blogs.

  48. I’d like to see one done in a girly blue fabric, cause that’s what my daughter would want. But not too pale colored so that stray chalkmarks won’t show too much.

  49. LOVE the theme and these are adorable! I’ve been so smitten with banners lately! Lezlee

  50. Allison Satko says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  51. the kids’ bag is amazing, love it!! :) thanks a lot for the tutorial!

  52. Your garland is beautiful! I especially love how you dressed up the vintage images.

  53. Love the denim and ticking. Reminds me of growing up at our cabin. Cut-offs every day!
    Would love for you to link up to Fab Finds for the Fourth. I’m hosting this Thursday and the following 2 Thursdays.

  54. thank u for being so generous!

  55. Lovely craft… Which you share above every thing looking so beautiful. I am so excited for make it.

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