DIY Wall Pennant – stitched or painted

wall pennant diyThese little DIY felt wall pennants are a great way to use up some of your excess craft supplies. I’ve been trying to be good and not purchase anymore craft supplies, which can sometimes be as much as a hobby as the crafting itself. Craft addicts – I know you understand! I didn’t need to purchase a single thing for this project. Yay! :)

You’ll need – flat felt, rotary cutter, scissors, thread, needle, paint and dowel.

1 – First, cut out a rectangle from the felt. The size is up to you and depends on how big you want your pennant to be. My rectangle is 7×9 inches.  Fold your rectangle in half and cut a triangle at a diagonal (see fig 1) about a third of the way up the felt.

2 – Unfold your felt and you can see the result. Felt is a great fabric for this project because the edges won’t fray, so you don’t need to worry about hemming them.

3 – Fold the top section of your rectangle down about an inch and pin. Then stitch in place (by machine or hand). This is where you’ll insert the dowel.

4 – In this image you can see how your pennant will look with the top stitched down. There’s plenty of room for the dowel, or if you want a more rustic look you can use a branch or stick.diy felt wall pennant

5 – Stencils and paint are a quick and easy way to decorate a pennant.  You can used a sponge or brush to apply the paint.

6 – I used a brush and stencil for the star pennant. I found using a brush produced sharper edges than the sponge.

7 –  You can always paint free hand onto the felt if you’re feeling brave. I’m no artist so I prefer stencils, but I did manage to paint the word LOVE onto one pennant without too much drama.

8 – I decorated the last two pennants with white stitching. I used white embroidery thread and a simple back stitch to hand sew crossing arrows on this pennant.

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9 – I used the same embroidery thread to stitch the word ‘love’ on the last pennant.

10 – Next, cut some 5mm square dowel to size and then pierce a hole through either end to attach the thread. The dowel I used is from Spotlight and it is really soft, which made it perfect for this method. If the the dowel or stick is too firm to pierce, you could just wrap the string around and tie it in place.

11 – If you are using the threaded method, thread the string through the hole and then tie a knot to keep your thread from pulling through.

12 – Because the pennants are so light weight you can attached them to the wall with washi tape. No more holes in the wall. :)

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Treasure Hunting in the Hunter

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Babies grow quickly, right?! They don’t stay perfect little newborns for long, so when my new niece was born last week, i knew we had to visit as soon as we could. The kids were very keen to meet her too, so we made a quick visit over the weekend. It really was a beautiful drive to the Hunter Valley as everything was so very lush and green. The last time we traveled there it was quite dry and a bit sad looking. I managed to get a little bit of treasure hunting in and a generous visit to see the new baby. She was simply perfect, as newborns always are. Such a sweet little baby.

My first find is an assortment of old bobbins as seen above. I found these in Morpeth, just outside Maitland. I have NO idea what i’m going to do with them. I just love the shapes and colours, and being a sewer i felt an instant attraction. Aren’t they neat!

My second find are these old map and state stencils. Unfortunately, NSW is missing and poor old Tassie has to be hand drawn if you are using the one piece map of Australia.

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My last find is this decorative wall ornament of two gold swans. My husband didn’t see the potential. :) But i’m sure they will look great hung outside at Winterfell on the back patio.

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