DIY Felt Pennants – Travel Themes

About once a year, my friend Ariana (of Act 2 Decor) and I get up early go to the Alameda Point Antiques Fair to browse and look for treasures.

I’ve been working hard to clean out the house this year, so I kept my shopping restrained, but I was looking for a vintage felt pennant to finish up a new gallery wall in JJ’s room. I found the perfect piece, and it was definitely meant to be, because it was sold by the family of a former coworker!

When I got home, I was inspired to make some more pennants of my own. I made one for my home town, Toronto, and one for my sister-in-law’s family in New Jersey.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Felt for pennant, lettering, and trim
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Paper for templates
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Here’s how to do it:

Create a template for your pennant – mine is on two sheets of scrap printer paper. It is 7.5″ high x 21″ long.

Cut out the pennant from a large piece of felt

I sketched the images freehand in reverse on the paper side of the Heat ‘n Bond

For the script lettering, create a word processing document, print out the words, and trace them in reverse onto the paper side of the Heat ‘n Bond

Choose your felt colors for the letters and design and fuse Heat ‘n Bond to one side

Cut out your letters and designs

Arrange on the pennant and iron in place

Cut strips of felt for the binding (optional) and ties and sew in place

Here are my finished pennants. I should make one for San Francisco next!

Here’s a picture together with my vintage find:

And here’s how JJ’s new gallery wall came together!

I had so much fun! What city do you want to celebrate and what image would you use?

Julie aka “Jewels”

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Felt Poinsettia Ornaments

I grew up in Canada, so Christmas was associated with cool temperatures, bare branches, and as often as not, snow on the ground. Even my kids, who grew up in California, ask for snow at Christmas. So, I decided to create a snowy Christmas for us at home.

I pared down my decorations to focus on the white and silver. I also made several new projects in a white and woodsy theme.  So far, I’ve finished a sleek new gray and white Christmas tree skirt, and I also made some new pillow covers in white and gray with outdoorsy appliques of reindeer, polar bears, and trees.

Since I kept our colorful ornaments packed up for this year, I needed to add some more decorations to our tree.  The kids helped me make these sweet clay ornaments, and I am adding these white felt poinsettia ornaments to fill in the branches.

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I looked at lots of pictures of real and felt flowers, and I read a lot of tutorials, trying to find felt poinsettias that would have a natural look.  My final project was a combination of the felt poinsettia pin by Cheryl at her Tidy Mom blog, Kate’s felt poinsettia’s at her Centsational Girl blog, and my own innovation, as I wanted to make the flowers a bit more natural-looking and just right for my tree!

The thing I liked best about Cheryl’s flowers was how she cut the petals.  It’s much faster and easier than using a template, and it allows you to make each petal a little bit unique.  I used different dimensions, which I’ll list below, and I also cut my petals with a bit of a wave on the edge, to give them more dimension.

I washed and dried my felt before using it, to make it a bit thicker.  To cut the petals, first cut rectangles of felt in the specified dimensions, and then trim them to look like petals.  It’s very quick to cut the rectangles, if you cut the felt into strips first (left side of the picture below) and then cut the strips into rectangles (middle of the picture below).  I was also able to trim the petals three at a time, so it was all much easier than I expected!

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Each flower is constructed the same way, and I’ll give the exact measurements for my two sizes below.

The basic parts of the felt poinsettia are

  • a round circle base (top left picture below)
  • a layer of large petals (top right and bottom left pictures below)
  • a layer of small petals (bottom right picture below)
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Start with a round base, add a layer of large petals, and top with a layer of smaller petals.

To finish the flower, I sewed all the layers together while sewing on some pearl beads to decorate the center of the poinsettia.  I then used hot glue to attache the flower to a metal alligator clip.

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Finish the flower by sewing the layers together while sewing on some beads for the center.

The pictures above are of the larger poinsettias.  The finished size is approximately 6.5″ in diameter.  The large flower uses:

  • 2″ diameter base circle
  • 8 large petals of 3.5″ x 2″
  • 5 small petals of 2.5″ x 1.5″
  • 7 beads
  • metal alligator clip

I also made smaller poinsettias, with a finished size of approximately 4.75″.  The small flower uses:

  • 1.5″ diameter base circle
  • 6 large petals of 2.5″x1.5″
  • 5 small petals of 1.75″ x 1″
  • 5 beads
  • metal alligator clip

Here are the large and small flowers side by side.

DIY felt poinsettia Christmas decorations to use as ornaments, gift toppers, or around the house | Jewels at Home

And here are the new poinsettias on our tree!

DIY felt poinsettia Christmas decorations to use as ornaments, gift toppers, or around the house | Jewels at Home

DIY felt poinsettia Christmas decorations to use as ornaments, gift toppers, or around the house | Jewels at Home

Christmas tree with all-white ornaments.  Link to DIY ornament ideas to trim your tree.  Jewels at Home

Hooray for a project that was even more easy and fun than I had expected!  If I get enough of these for the tree, they may start showing up elsewhere in our house!  Or that may be crazy-talk!

“Jewels”