Saturday, March 05, 2011

making sweet paper + fabric pennants

One afternoon while playing, My daughter Adelaide offhandedly announced that she wanted to "make flags for all of her friends". With this little comment, she inspired me to find a way to do just that.

We also found that they could be personalized with letters of the alphabets, and would make lovely cute + inexpensive gifts for the children at Adelaide's upcoming birthday party.

After brainstorming and a few prototypes, I was able to come up with a plan and template to make personalized pennant flags out of paper and fabric, and a few other simple materials.

These little pennants are quite simple to make and to personalize, but because I made 20 of them, I began several weeks in advance, working on a few in batches here and there. Because of this I found that they were quite an enjoyable project to work on.

If you would like to make your own paper + fabric pennants, I have created a tutorial, with all the information and steps you will need to do so. You will need to download it along with the pennant tracing template, and they are located here:

http://www.lovelydesign.com/downloads/lovelydesign_pennant_instructions.pdf

http://www.lovelydesign.com/downloads/lovelydesign_pennant_template.pdf


I greatly appreciate your thoughts and feedback! Please do let me know if you try these pennant instructions out - how it goes and if you have any thoughts on corrections which should be made, and how I could make them better.



In most projects I try to have my daughter "help" out as much as possible with both the decision making and crafting process. This is not always easy, and often requires incredible amounts of patience and preparation. And often have to catch and remind myself to chill out! But she loves to help so incredibly much, and I have found the rewards of teaching and making with my daughter to be phenomenal.

With this project, we took some time on an afternoon to simply make a project out of gluing the wooden beads onto the ends of the bamboo skewers, which we eventually would use for the "flag poles". Adelaide loved this activity and I found her to be really quite good at it - I found myself only having to trim the pointed ends off the skewers, and wipe any excess glue.

I also had Adelaide involved in the decision making with fabric and colour co-ordination choices according to each child. It is often very interesting to me to see how she thinks about things, and her reasoning behind her decisions - for example: "Nyomi is always smiling, so she should have yellow like the sun!"

I am hoping that my daughter and I will always inspire each other.

These little pennants were a hit at Addie's party, and they make lovely gifts for birthdays, special events, or for no reason at all! You can make one, or many, it is really up to you.

32 comments:

Dr. Monkey said...

Brilliant, both your daughter and her idea. ;o)

Erin said...

These are so cute and colorful! :)

Stubborn Dog Artwork said...

These are really fun! I don't yet have children of my own, but I always find myself tucking away ideas from your blog for someday parties and projects. Thank you so much for sharing!

elise blaha said...

just perfect. am saving this idea for sure.

The Smallest Sparrow said...

I love them! Can't wait to try... maybe for my son's birthday. What an adorable idea.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Tali Schiffer said...

Very cute! And your daughter's a cute model :)

Dawn said...

All these years I've been reading your blog and watching your daughter grow, I've secretly been saying to myself, "Oh how nice it would be to do these things!" Now that Sofia is in our lives, all I can think about is creating memories with her and making things and just being with her the way you are with Adelaide. You're my inspiration to be a great mom :) Thanks so much for that, hugs!

Kay said...

I couldn't help smiling while reading your little girl's comment for her choice of colors. :)

And Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial.

Amanda said...

What a great idea - I might try this for my daughter's upcoming party. I find your tutorials so wonderful and all your ideas of activities to do with little ones are so inspiring.

kate / tinywarbler said...

super, super cute! i may have to try this in the future.....
and wow, addie is really growing up quickly!

Aa, A, K & M said...

lovely, indeed! what font did you use or did i miss that in the instructions?!
thank you for the great template and instructions.

tarmacadam prices scotland said...

Very best way to learn alphabets. Your tutorial is very best and It is very informative for every mothers.

akslesar said...

Too sweet, both the project and your beautiful daughter.

domesticwormhole said...

I absolutely adore your blog. Whenever a new post from you appears in my google reader I smile, and read it before anything else. Thanks for being such an inspiration! The flags you made with Adelaide are so well done and well thought out, just like all the things you make!

Design Elements said...

so lovely and colorful! happy weekend

Sophie said...

these are so charming, thanks for the template and tutorial!

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Great idea! Thank you!

Carmen Ferreira said...

super cute!!!
muito lindo...
parabéns!!!

April G. said...

Hi Sharilyn! I've been following your blog for quite some time and really admire your work. I've had my eye on your leaves & pinecone poster set for awhile now, and seeing as we're redecorating our office, I finally purchased them... Can't wait to frame and hang them where I work! Love these flags - Hosting a baby shower soon and they would be perfect to work into centerpieces. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Cathy Canaceli said...

These flags are beautiful! And I love how you let your daughter help you do all these crafts! ;) So Sweet!

unha said...

These are so awesome. You are such a great mama!!!

Victoria said...

hehehe I think Adelaide just rocks!!

seriously!

(:

Hugbuggal said...

Simply "A"dorable - thank you so much for sharing!

Sarah said...

Love it! I am doing a "beach baby" shower and will definately steal some ideas from this!

Anna said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial. I love them and just made some for my daughter's 1st birthday party (http://heybubbles.blogspot.com/2011/05/pollys-ducky-1st-birthday-party-warning.html) and everyone loved them!! Thanks.

minniemay said...

Love this! And your daughter is adorable!

Me said...

Love the pennants, so I featured them on my blog.

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Hey you have talent with your hands, for real... I'm fascinated with flags you created, you should share your secret with me.

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