Recently, I became smitten with Halloween fabric for making banners with pennants. I figured I should try out different techniques and then use my favorite technique on the Halloween fabric. For testing, I found this very cheerful fabric from Riley Blake, called Delighted.
It comes in a panel. I bought a coordinating fabric for the backs, because I figured it would be a short banner if I backed one pennant with another, unless I bought more than one panel. Each panel looks like this, with enough room for 1/4 seam around all edges:
I decided not to quilt all the layers together, hoping the buttons and trim would be enough.
I chose to sandwich fabric right sides together with 1 layer of Warm and Natural batting underneath. I sewed around all edges, leaving a small slit in the top of each banner, with the hopes that the hole closed would not be so noticeable at the top where connected to a hanging ribbon or twill tape.
Pretty soon, I was in a cheery mood just making them. The only curses came when edge-stitching the pompoms, which tended to get crushed no matter what foot I chose to use.
I made another set with pennants sandwiched wrong-sides together, with batting in between, and serged the edges with a wave stitch. Sadly, I didn't turn the corners very well, so they look skewed. When hung up, it looks like they're bent, blowing in the wind, but it's just bad serging on my part.
[i will post a picture here of this disaster some day]
Next time, I want to try applying the edging while I'm making the sandwich, instead of adding trims after I've turned them inside out. That may or may not be worse. Any ideas?