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Sew A Halloween Banner

Updated on September 16, 2014

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

Halloween Bunting Banner Visuals

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I used 3/8" twill tape to hang my banner.This is orange and black canvas duck cloth used to make the pennants for the banner.When sewing with duck cloth you need a heavy duty needle for your sewing machine.The triangle pennants that I used were 9 inches by 20 inches. I traced each triangle using tailors chalk.Here is the orange duck cloth with my traced triangle pennants outlined in tailors chalk.Use pinking shears to cut the triangle pennants. Cutting with pinking shears will help keep the material from fraying.One set of orange pennants and one set of black pennants ready to be hemmed.Make a paper guide to help you with when pressing a hem.Using my guide to make my hem. I fold over the top of my banner and press with an iron.Lay your twill tape underneath your hem line. Pin the tape and duck cloth together to prepare for your hem stitch.When sewing your hem use a zigzag stitch to make a strong attachment to your twill tape.I spaced my pennants three inches apart. The pennants were nine inches across. 9+3 = 12 inches.I used a pattern of black & orange alternating colors.Firmly attach your twill tape together to make one long line. I used an overlap of two inches.Part of my completed twenty-seven foot long banner.
I used 3/8" twill tape to hang my banner.
I used 3/8" twill tape to hang my banner.
This is orange and black canvas duck cloth used to make the pennants for the banner.
This is orange and black canvas duck cloth used to make the pennants for the banner.
When sewing with duck cloth you need a heavy duty needle for your sewing machine.
When sewing with duck cloth you need a heavy duty needle for your sewing machine.
The triangle pennants that I used were 9 inches by 20 inches. I traced each triangle using tailors chalk.
The triangle pennants that I used were 9 inches by 20 inches. I traced each triangle using tailors chalk.
Here is the orange duck cloth with my traced triangle pennants outlined in tailors chalk.
Here is the orange duck cloth with my traced triangle pennants outlined in tailors chalk.
Use pinking shears to cut the triangle pennants. Cutting with pinking shears will help keep the material from fraying.
Use pinking shears to cut the triangle pennants. Cutting with pinking shears will help keep the material from fraying.
One set of orange pennants and one set of black pennants ready to be hemmed.
One set of orange pennants and one set of black pennants ready to be hemmed.
Make a paper guide to help you with when pressing a hem.
Make a paper guide to help you with when pressing a hem.
Using my guide to make my hem. I fold over the top of my banner and press with an iron.
Using my guide to make my hem. I fold over the top of my banner and press with an iron.
Lay your twill tape underneath your hem line. Pin the tape and duck cloth together to prepare for your hem stitch.
Lay your twill tape underneath your hem line. Pin the tape and duck cloth together to prepare for your hem stitch.
When sewing your hem use a zigzag stitch to make a strong attachment to your twill tape.
When sewing your hem use a zigzag stitch to make a strong attachment to your twill tape.
I spaced my pennants three inches apart. The pennants were nine inches across. 9+3 = 12 inches.I used a pattern of black & orange alternating colors.
I spaced my pennants three inches apart. The pennants were nine inches across. 9+3 = 12 inches. I used a pattern of black & orange alternating colors.
Firmly attach your twill tape together to make one long line. I used an overlap of two inches.
Firmly attach your twill tape together to make one long line. I used an overlap of two inches.
Part of my completed twenty-seven foot long banner.
Part of my completed twenty-seven foot long banner.
Orange and Black Duck Canvas
Orange and Black Duck Canvas

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

Black Thread

Cardboard triangle pennant pattern - I used a purchased cardboard pennant for my pattern.

Heavy Duty Sewing Needle - Look for a jeans needle

Tailors Chalk

Pinking Shears

Iron

Index card or piece of card stock for making hem guide

Pen or pencil for making guide line on index card

Ruler

Sewing Pins

Sewing machine

Add A Banner To Your Own Haunted House

Haunted House With Banner
Haunted House With Banner

Supplies you might need

Color Your Own Paper Pennants
Color Your Own Paper Pennants

These cardboard paper pennants worked out well as a pattern for me to trace.

 
Black Duck Canvas Cloth 10 oz 60" Wide By The Yard
Black Duck Canvas Cloth 10 oz 60" Wide By The Yard

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Cut out your triangle pennants using the pinking shears. Using the pinking shears will help stop fraying.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. After your done sewing you can step back and admire your work! Good job!

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      Art Inspired 3 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Good points! Make it a great day!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      It's a fun idea to make your own banners. I think it teaches the children that they can do things too, rather than always buying decorations.

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      ghoststorylover 3 years ago

      This sounds like fun, I can't sew very well though. :(