Wednesday, July 17, 2013

swim pennants

Swim and dive season is almost over,
it was Miss C.'s first year,
so she was assigned a swim and a dive buddy,
who were most helpful in making it a successful time.
So to celebrate the occasion,
I made a personalized pennant for each of the girls,
of course, I could not forget my own daughter!

I found this great tutorial from Infarrantly Creative on how to draw and design
vintage inspired pennants,
I first designed the name in pennant shape,
using the font Varsity, just like in the tutorial.
Then I printed out the name,
and recopied the letters from the back on some wonder under.

I ironed them onto felt and cut them out.
Before ironed them onto my background,
I carefully placed the letters, making sure they aligned perfectly.

I did not cut the background until after the name was ironed on.
It is easier that way,
I just needed to make sure that there is enough place for 
the long triangle!

Then I stitched every letter to the background
to ensure nothing will come undone!

In order to hide all the threads, and make the pennant sturdier,
I added a back to the pennant, cutting a larger rough piece of felt for the back.
I also cut 2 long pieces of felt (1/2 inch wide) for the ties
that I put between the 2 layers,
and stitched around the pennant.

Once the back is stitched, I cut off the excess felt,
making sure not to cut off the ties.

At this point, it could be complete,
but I liked it with another band at the top.
I cut a 1 inch band, stitched it to the top,
and then cut off the excess on each side.

Here there are all together,
looking mighty good and official!

Happy sewing!


  1. These are so cute! I'm amazed at how well they are all lined up. I tend to lose patience for things like that (and it usually shows).
    Great job.


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