Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DIY Pennant Blanket

      I've been seeing these cute blankets with pennant banners on them all over Etsy lately...but most are a bit pricey and I kept thinking.. "I can make that."...If you know me at all, you know I LOVE banners...everywhere and anywhere..I thought I needed a new project anyway..so I went and bought all the materials I thought I would need for a blanket...Believe me, I am NOT great at sewing..not at all! So, I decided to try a small blanket, before I attempted a large blanket.

Materials Needed:

1 yard of cotton fabric- (I chose white)
1 yard flannel fabric (I chose mint)
1 package binding (I went with navy)
Small pieces of different fabrics to make 24-2 x 2 1/2 in. pennants (my colors were navy, red, yellow, mint & gray)
1 yard batting
3 different trim fabrics (ric rac, ribbon..etc)
Embroidered iron on patch accent (mine is a little fox I got from Etsy)
Coordinating threads

I started by cutting the cotton fabric & flannel fabric the size I wanted the blanket to be...30 x 23 1/2 inches.

I then created a pennant pattern on my silhouette cameo...you could do any size but I wanted to make 3 rows of pennants, so I made the pattern 2 x 2.5 inch. I used card stock to cut it out.

I then cut all the small fabric pieces into pennants.

Then I took small pieces of a  handy product called Heat n Bond Hem. I placed the pennants the way I wanted them to be on just the cotton fabric and placed the heat n bond in the middle of each pennant. You can not (well, you shouldn't) sew through the Heat n Bond so do not put it on the edges of the pennants. Just a small piece in the center, and then place the iron over the pennants and iron them on one by one. This helped me a lot..I didn't have to pin them on when sewing.

I then used a zig zag stitch and sewed each pennant on, leaving out the top part...so just sew the "V"

After all those were sewn on and the top part was left out, I took my trim pieces and sewed them zig zag across the top of each "banner". I used opposite colored threads for this..but you can do whatever.

Take your flannel fabric and iron on your patch..this is obviously an option...but I like a little extra something going on....use a few hand stitches and sew it on in a few spots to lock it in.

I then flipped over both pieces of fabric to their "wrong side"-the cotton pennant piece and the flannel piece and sewed the 2 together with a straight stitch, inside out..like a "pillow case"..leaving one of the ends un-sewn.
(i had to cut the flannel fabric smaller..as you can see in this pic)

I then hand stitched on the top of the batting to just one side of the "pillow case". (I don't know if this part is "right" but it worked for me)

Flip the blanket right side out...you will be left with one end needing to be sewn together...go ahead and sew it together with a straight stitch.

Take your binding and pin it to the edge of your blanket. Sew this on with a straight stitch.

You are done.. :)

(yea..I need to rip out some stitches on the side by the fox...I will do this..eventually..haha)

Like I said, I am not good at sewing..but I like how this turned out...I am sure there are better ways to make this blanket, but this worked for me. I will be making a larger one using the same directions..One that I can actually use myself...for now I will save this one..or give it to my puppies.



  1. This is SO adorable! I have all of my cloth centerpieces from my wedding and I have always wanted to make a blanket out of them. This would be perfect!!!

  2. This turned out absolutely adorable!! I love it!!!

  3. this is so cute kelly! You did an amazing job!

  4. I just realized I read this post on my phone and never popped over to comment on my computer. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Can I make a custom order one day??? Like, purple, olive, brown and burlap? hahhahahahahah but for reals.