Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How to Make a Toy Pennant

It's fun to play with a pennant. Here's how to make one. You'll need colorful fabric, a wooden dowel about four feet long, scissors, a sewing machine, and a staple gun.

Make a fold the width you would like your pennant to be.

Fold your first fold in half lengthwise. This way you will be able to make two equal triangles. Mark the length of your pennant with a pin, and cut freehand as shown below. I made three different sized pennants. Don't make the pennants too long, or the children will trip on them when they play.

Unfold your triangles, place the right sides of the fabric together, and seam the two long sides.

Trim the extra fabric on the point, turn the pennant right side out, tuck the raw edges on the short side in, and staple to your dowel.

The first time I made pennants, I used scrap lumber and crepe streamers, we stuck them in the ground, and they were a wonderful birthday decoration which flowed in the wind. You can also use flag fabric, or recycle umbrella fabric. If you can't sew, just make a one-sided pennant.

Time to play! Time to try to touch the leaves in the trees,

ride a horse,

play knights,

and play quidditch.

This boy just caught the golden snitch!

Hooray for pennants, they are so much fun!


gardenmama said...

I love the ideas you come up with Beth, my kids would certainly have alot of play with these toy pennants! Thank you for your advice with the rosehips, we have not done anything with them yet. Most of them do not look as plump as I would have hoped... I will let you know if we use them!

The Magic Onions said...

I love these... and I love that I could maybe get bye with only my staple!! Being the sewing scardypants that I am!
We'll be making these for sure.
Thanks for sharing on Friday's Nature Table.
Blessings and magic.

mrsbeccijo said...

Love those pennants we will have to make some for the next parade we go to! Such fun!


Christie said...

Nice! The simple pleasures of childhood are such a gift!

Tan Family said...

Terrific idea! I love the way that your kids use these in so many different ways. I'm going to start following your blog...I love it! :) --Jennifer