Personalized Pennant Garland

The last of my orders from a couple weeks ago involves a “garden” full of cuteness! This order was for a very special client… it was for my niece Sofia’s first birthday! Yeah, I call the little bug a client… even though this was a gift from me… she still counts as a client. :P

Now her mommy and daddy (daddy being my big bro) are bit of a last minute type of people… well by my standards of party planning (and probably a lot of you) more than a bit. ;) I had less than a week notice!! This was on top of the other orders, crafting, blogging, and life’s everyday tasks, but somehow I managed to pull it off! I not only managed to make Sofia her first birthday cake but also put together a small dessert table. I’m excited to share the table with you, but today I’m going to share with you the making of the pennant garland I made for the little bug.

I actually had not planned on making a pennant garland since I had so many other things on my plate, but I’m going to have to blame my good friend Amy over at While Wearing Heels for the inspiration. :P I love Amy and her blog! If you want some good laughs along with fun and cute ideas, then you should not miss a day of her blog! Not only does she share her ideas, she shows you how to make your own… like the fabric pennant garland tutorial she shares over here. Since Amy already put together a great tutorial, I’ll let you hop over there for the how to. Thanks Amy! I’m going to share with you how I personalized it for my little bug, Sofia. :)

I created two different pennant sizes and sewed them on top of each other. With the help of my Silhouette (always so helpful!), I picked out  a whimsical font and cut out the letters for Sofia’s name. If you don’t have a Silhouette, it’s okay, you can cut them by hand. It’s not so bad cutting them out by hand… that’s what I used to do my pre-Silhouette days. I used to just look for alphabet templates online… here’s one for your convenience from one of my fave blogs, Happy Together. That template is actually for making your own rag quilt letters… pretty cool! But I found other uses for it too. :D

I zig zag stitched the letters on. I actually did this step before sewing the two pennants to each other, but I don’t think it really matters what you do first.

Next I hole punched the corners. I think I’ve had this hole puncher for over 10 years, and it really works wonders with cutting through fabric. Not all hole punchers will punch through nicely. I had purchased a brand new one figuring I’ll keep it just for fabric. Ah yeah, that new puncher hated fabric…sadly there was no love. I LOVE my old puncher… please don’t ever leave me!

I tied off each pennant together with lace; each with a different color lace.

Lastly, I finished off each end of the garland with long strands of each color lace.

Here it is all done… along with a sneak peek of what’s to come! I’m glad I did make the garland… it added such a nice touch to the overall table. Amy’s garland post came at a perfect time. Thanks Amy! :D


  1. July 27, 2012  9:26 am by Amy Reply

    That is ADORABLE. I love that you personalized the garland. I could only imagine how cute this would be in her room as well. I am dying to see the rest of that table. It looks beautiful...from the little sneak peek you gave us. Thanks for giving me so much credit in your post BUT it was all you my dear. Great job!

  2. July 27, 2012  10:14 am by sahara Reply

    ok, thats it, I realy need to get a silhouette !!!

  3. July 27, 2012  10:56 am by ColleenB. Reply

    What a great looking banner. That would be darling haning up above her bed.
    Looking forward into seeing that dessert table as well as the cake itself. With your great talent I'm sure it's fabulous.

  4. July 27, 2012  11:35 am by Aziza Reply

    Love it! I'm buying a Silhouette today:)

  5. July 27, 2012  7:56 pm by Big D & Me Reply

    Love the colors you choose and the polka dots!

  6. July 29, 2012  9:28 pm by sherry Reply

    Oh wow, you're really good! Luv the banner!

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  8. August 1, 2012  1:38 pm by Rukhsana Reply

    Beautiful! If you made one that said either Ramadan Mubarak or eid Mubarak, I would buy it in a heartbeat! So much nicer than a paper pendant

  9. August 3, 2012  1:54 pm by Christine Reply

    LOVE the garland! The fabrics are amazing!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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