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Sew A Halloween Banner
Sew A Halloween Bunting Banner
Do you enjoy decorating your Halloween "haunted" house during the month of October? Do you like to sew your own creative projects? I do! I enjoy adding festive Halloween decorations to my front yard to welcome trick or treaters in my neighborhood. This year I wanted to add some festive orange and black color to my outdoor decorating. I decided that I would sew a orange and black bunting banner that I could hang from the house.
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When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
'tis near Halloween.— ~Author Unknown
Handy Items For Your Project
Halloween Bunting Banner VisualsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Supplies For Your Project
These were the Items I used to make a twenty-seven foot long line of orange and black duck cloth bunting pennants.
You can adjust the items to fit your own project.
1 Yard Orange Canvas Duck Cloth
1 Yard Black Canvas Duck Cloth
3 - 9 Foot long and 3/8 inch wide Black Twill Tape - purchased at my local craft store
Cardboard triangle pennant pattern - I used a purchased cardboard pennant for my pattern.
Heavy Duty Sewing Needle - Look for a jeans needle
Index card or piece of card stock for making hem guide
Pen or pencil for making guide line on index card
Add A Banner To Your Own Haunted House
Supplies you might need
These cardboard paper pennants worked out well as a pattern for me to trace.
I choose canvas duck cloth in hopes that it will hold up well in the outdoor weather.
How To Make Your Own Halloween Bunting Banner
- Decide what length you would like your string of bunting pennants to be. I wanted a long banner to display on the front of my home, so I decided to make a twenty-seven foot long banner line.
- Decide on the size of your pennants and how much space you want between each pennant that hangs on the line. I used a purchased cardboard pennant to use as my pattern. The pennants were nine inches wide. I decided to space each pennant three inches apart. I then had a easy working number 9+3 = 12.
- Trace your pennants out on your material. I needed twenty-four pennants, twelve black and twelve orange to fill out my line of black twill. I folded my fabric in half and was able to place six of the cardboard stencils onto the fabric. Note that I angled the stencils slightly so that they would all fit.
- Trace your triangle pattern onto your fabric of choice using tailor's chalk. I choose canvas duck cloth because I thought it might hold up better in the outdoor elements.
- Cut out your triangle pennants using the pinking shears. Using the pinking shears will help stop fraying.
- Make a hem guideline. I took an index card and using a ruler drew a line 1/2 inch from the top of the index card.
- Off to do some ironing! Using my hem guideline card I folded the top of each pennant over the top of my guideline card. I then ironed the folded material to create a hem.
- Assembly time. My banner line measures twenty-seven feet long. I had twenty-four pennants to attach. I need to tie my banner to hang from some nails on the house. To be able to tie the line to the nails on the house I allowed sixteen inches for the beginning of the twill tape line and sixteen inches for the end of my twill tape line.
- I placed my first black pennant sixteen inches from the end of the twill tape. At the top of the pennant I placed the twill tape under the folded hem I had created with the iron. I then pinned the fabric and the twill tape together to get it ready for sewing.
- After putting the heavy duty needle into my sewing machine I was ready to sew. I set my machine to do a zigzag stitch using black thread. I stitched thru the middle of the hem making sure that the twill tape was firmly attached. Make sure you back stitch at the beginning and the ending of your hem. You want to make sure the pennant is firmly attached. I then pinned my second pennant three inches away from the first and sewed it in place. Repeat spacing, pinning and sewing until you have attached all your pennants.
- If you are making a long banner line you may need to attach your twill tape together. . When I was at the end of my first and second roll of twill tape I attached the rolls by sewing the ends together. I overlapped the two loose ends by two inches and sewed them in place. Make sure to make these overlapping ends strong by adding lots of stitches back and forth.
- After your done sewing you can step back and admire your work! Good job!