The Thankful Mama

Make It Yourself Party Banner

 

I just completed a super cute fabric party banner for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party. It is Thomas the Tank Engine themed. I have been inspired by some of the cute fabric banners and buntings I’ve seen on Pinterest, and I decided to give it a go. I have very limited sewing skills and this is definitely a beginner friendly project!

I followed a couple of online tutorials here and here. I found some remnant fabric in solid blue and bought one yard of Thomas fabric for contrast. I cut 7″x9″ triangles in each of the two fabrics using a template I made from scrap card stock. I also cut corresponding triangles out of matching felt scraps to back the Thomas fabric. It gives the triangles some stability and you don’t use as much of the fabric. I did, however, make the solid blue triangles double sided. It was a remnant piece and I didn’t care how much of it I used!

Tracing the Triangles

On each triangle, I sewed a straight stitch along the outer edge, creating a nice seam. Then, using pinking shears, I cut close to the seam creating a nice clean edge. My shears need a good sharpening, so I was only able to get through the sturdier Thomas fabric. I would definitely suggest using this technique, though, on all of the fabrics triangles to keep the edges from fraying. I found some 1 1/2″ wide matching ribbon in my craft supplies to use for the hanger. I folded it over the top edge of the triangles and pinned them in place. Using a zig zag stitch, I carefully sewed them all to the ribbon and finished off each edge to prevent fraying. It really looks nice and very festive!

Finished Edge Using Pinking Shears

Zig Zag Stitching

This project took me just a few hours to make. It is easily accomplished in a couple of afternoons and a great way to use up scraps! I love the handmade look it adds to the party decor and I think I’ll have to make some more just for fun!

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