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How-to: Make an easy, no-sew party banner

Last summer, my sorority held its national convention here in the Chicagoland area.  As part of my duties as a member of the local committee, I created four very large banners for a casual carnival-themed dinner.  Pretty banners seem to be all the rage these days (especially at showers and kids' parties). Want to make one but don't want to sew?  Read on!


First, make the letters (the font in this example is not the same as in the final photo below).  You can use pre-cut letters or stencils, but I used Photoshop Elements.  I wanted my letters to be white. Problem! How do you print a white letter?  Solution: I created a file with a very light grey background and white letters.  When it printed on white paper, the grey had enough contrast to be a good cutting line, but not so dark that you'd see it, should my cutting be less than perfect.  Alternatively, you could choose a background that's close to the color of the pennants (for instance, if you have orange pennants and want black letters, I'd make the Photoshop background orange).  I had four different pennant colors, so I used light grey.

The letters were printed on standard white paper, and cut with scissors and an x-acto knife.  As for the pennants, I cut those out of light cardstock found at Blick Art Materials.  I was very picky about the colors and found that Blick had a better selection than any craft store in the area.  Keep art supply stores in mind when doing a project like this.

To attach the fabric ribbon to the pennants I went the easiest possible route - a stapler!  No sewing or punching holes and tying ribbon for me!  This works best with sturdy ribbon with a busy pattern.


When all was said and done, I was very happy with the way they turned out!  What do you think?

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Reader Comments (5)

Such great instructions on how to do this for someone without a sewing machine :) LOVE IT!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

OMG - I am so a secret stapler! I love it! Looks fantastic!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
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April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Were you feeling pressured? They came out fab! Great job! Just popped by from over at Morgan's place--so good to see you there!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHerself

What a cool idea! I love fabric banners and always thought how difficult it would be to sew everything! Not anymore!! thank you!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJudith

Thanks guys! I too am a secret stapler. My grandfather was a tailor, but apparently I didn't get his sewing gene.

DND, I did feel a little pressured before the event just because there was SO much going on. I was making decorations for 800 people, at three different events, but luckily I had help!

April 15, 2010 | Registered CommenterJen @ SecondCitySoiree

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