The Birthday Banner

by Kimba on August 29, 2011

in Crafty Stuff,Stuff with the Kids

We added two new birthday traditions to our home a couple of weeks ago. I love having fun little traditions that the kids remember. Last week, I shared the birthday balloon wreath and this week, I’ll give you a peek at our new birthday banner.

It really was super easy to whip up and even though I used my sewing machine for this project, it could have just as easily (maybe easier) been a no-sew project.

Have I told you how much I love felt? It’s so easy to work with and comes in such a beautiful rainbow of colors. For this project, I just used the pre-cut squares of felt that you can find in the craft and fabric store. You can also buy wool (or wool/rayon) felt by the yard or by the piece in some stores and online, but the cheap stuff worked perfectly well for this project.

Here’s what you need:

  • 14 pieces (9″x12″) of colored felt for the pennants (I used 5 colors)
  • 6 or 7 pieces of white, sticky back felt (depending on the size of your letters)
  • Quilt binding (aka double fold bias tape)

I cut one pennant from each piece of felt using a template that I made from a piece of cardstock. Using the template made it easier to get each pennant the same size. I traced directly onto the felt using a piece of white stock and then cut the flags out with scissors.

Repeat, repeat and repeat until you have one pennant for each letter in your banner.

Attaching the flags to the quilt binding was easy too. Just open it up and lay each flag on the inside of the binding. I pinned them in place and then ran the whole thing through my sewing machine.

It was nothing short of a miracle that I managed to sew a straight line. Truly a miracle. It would have been just as easy to use fabric glue or even hot glue. Either one would have worked just as well.

Making the letters was probably the most time consuming part of this project. I typed “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” into my word processing program and adjusted the font size until the letters were big enough for my banner. I used the Arial font at about 350 points.

Then I pinned my letters to the white, sticky-back felt and cut them out by hand.

Once the letters were cut out, it was just a matter or removing the backing and sticking the letters in place on each pennant. You could skip the whole sticky-back felt thing and use fabric glue (or hot glue) on regular felt.

And that’s it! A fun banner that we’ll hang up for each birthday!

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{ 7 comments }

1 Clydia Kay August 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Love this idea! I’m going to do one and start this tradition at our house! Thanks!

2 Brittany August 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Love all this birthday inspiration! Too cute!

And, I just wanted you to know that I bought a tobacco basket & linked back to your inspirational posts about your love for them – http://brittanyolson.blogspot.com/2011/08/quick-tour-monday.html

3 Lorarian89 August 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Great banner! seems like it’s not that difficult to prepare …
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4 Susie August 30, 2011 at 9:54 am

A birthday banner is a great idea. My daughter is always creating ours and she’ll love this. Thanks.

5 Sandy August 30, 2011 at 10:22 am

Hi Kimba,

It is really nice thing to keep traditional way of making birthday banner. I really appreciated it. Thanks.
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6 Jo August 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Such a cool idea, thanks. Totally worth making!
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7 Megan August 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Ooh, I think I’d like to make one of these to just hang up for no other reason than it’s pretty. :)
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