I love the trend of pennant banners for party and seasonal decoration, but the idea of taking a trip to the fabric store and breaking out the sewing machine every time I want one… well, let’s just say they’d never get made in time.
My solution? A one-sew interchangeable banner. Using clear plastic page protectors for this banner allows you to pop in different patterned papers and embellishments at will, so you can transform your banner from baby shower ready to Halloween home decor in a half an hour.
*Triangle Pennant Pattern (download here)
*Cardstock or computer paper (for the pattern; it doesn’t have to be pretty)
*Page protectors (the cheap office kind will do, but if you have extra scrapbooking protectors, that will work also)
*Patterned paper (must be at least 6×6)
*Marker that works on a slick surface (I use Slick Writers, but Sharpies will work as well)
*Ribbon or string (must be your desired banner length)
*Print out the Triangle Pennant Pattern: Click Here for the PDF
*Cut out the triangle from the pattern template
Repeat each of the following steps several times to create multiple triangles for your banner. I used five, but you can make as many or as little as you want!
*Trace the triangle onto a page protector with the slick surface marker. I like to line up the top of the triangle with the opening into the page protector so that I have one less line to draw and one less line to cut. (If you do this, only trace the bottom two sides of the triangle.) If you’re using a large page protector (pictured is a 6×6 protector), this technique would be wasteful. Work to fit as many of the triangles onto the protector as you can. Don’t cut yet!
*Sew around the two bottom sides of the triangle inside the marker line using a short straight stitch, leaving the top open so you can slide the paper in later. You sew inside the marker line so the marks won’t show through under your thread. Tip: if you aren’t comfortable sewing on a curve, then make the bottom of the triangle a sharp point.
*Cut the excess page protector off of your triangle. Make sure to cut all of the marker marks off, but don’t cut into the sewn portions.
*Trace the triangle onto the back of a piece of patterned paper you’d like to be the background. Cut out the triangle a little inside of the black line (so it will fit into the page protector triangle). If you want to be precise, you can re-trace the line with a broad tipped marker and then cut on the inside of the marker line. I just eyeball it.
*Slide each patterned paper piece into its page protector.
*Punch a hole in the upper corners of each banner piece. Make sure you are punching through both the paper and the protector. Also make sure that the holes you are punching are smaller than the brad heads you are using (so they don’t pop through).
*Slide the papers back out and embellish and decorate each triangle to your heart’s content. Make sure not to cover up the holes.
*Slide the decorated pages into the protectors, then use brads to connect each page protector banner to the ribbon. You can usually force the brad through the ribbon, but you may need to punch a hole in the ribbon. You can skip the brads by threading small ribbon or string through the holes. I start at the ends and then find the middle in order to make sure everything’s centered. You can also measure to make sure the same distance is between each triangle.
You’re now ready to hang your banner!
Any time you want to switch out the papers, just take out the brads and swap out the patterned papers! Make sure to keep your pattern around so you don’t have to re-print it every time you want to redecorate your banner.
I’m going to use my pretty baby shower themed papers for a scrapbooking project! I’m also planning on adding some more triangles to my Halloween banner so I can hang it on my mantle.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section and be sure to link up if you make a one sew banner!