Birthday Banner Tutorial

Hi all! I wanted to share how easy it is to make a fun & reusable birthday banner! You’ll see that this could also be done for a seasonal decoration!

Here’s what we’ll be creating:




First you’ll need some fabric, interfacing & ribbon. The amounts will really depend on what your banner will say. I used Moda Bliss fabric- about 1/3 yard of 3 patterns. I did end up needing a tiny bit more when I chose to make my banner finished on both sides.

I cut each pennant 6”x9”. I folded the fabric in half as I did this, so each pennant would have a front & back.




I simply moved my straight-edge & rotary-cut the triangles. Here you see a bunch of them after being cut.




I added interfacing to the middle of each, but wasn’t too particular about it.




I then added interfacing to a coordinating fabric




I cut the letters with my cricut (using copy paper & base camp cartridge). I tried using the cricut ON the fabric, but wasn’t having luck, so I just cut the letters I needed & traced around them onto the fabric. They were easy to cut out since they were backed with the interfacing.




Next I sewed around the edges of each pennant & then held them together to sew the individual pieces together. I had stacked the number of flags for each word since I only wanted one word on each banner.





I used Aleene’s craft glue to attach the letters & the crochet trim.




I tied bows with 3/8” double-faced satin ribbon & stitched those on to each corner so they’d be secure enough to hang the banner.




For the ‘hadley’ banner I added some Jenni Bowlin buttons. I tied them onto the satin bows with burlap string.




I then die cut some butterflies from fabric & machine sewed them leaving the threads as antenna. I also used Aleene’s to attach these to the buttons.





You can see I chose to leave lots of strings hanging! After her birthday ‘season’ is over we’ll move the banner with her name on it into her room.




Can you imagine how fun it would be to have these with different words for different seasons? I’d love one that says ‘SPRING’ right now!!!

Thank you for letting me show you another fun way to use your May Arts ribbon! I hope you’ve been inspired!


Blog Post By: Jen Shears



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