Pennant Bunting Greeting Card

We’re celebrating my sister-in-law’s birthday tomorrow, so I wanted to make her a sweet little gift to tell her how much she is loved. So in the form of a unique greeting card, I created a fun pennant she can hang somewhere at home as a constant reminder. (I’m not too worried about ruining the surprise, she’s not a regular reader of JSIM.)

I found a swatch remnant from the fabric store that had multiple color blocks, bonus!

With my rotary cutter and a template cut from cardstock, I trimmed out enough triangles to spell out the message with several additional spacer and end pieces as well.

Using the fun Carnival Alpha rubber stamp set from Pink Persimmon, I stamped out the message “KATIE HOLDEN YOU ARE LOVED” one letter at a time on the different color triangles.

After stamping, I sprayed clear matte spray enamel top coat over each to set the ink just in case.

Off to the sewing machine, using a narrow stitch setting, I first created about a 4″ twisted string section by stitching nothing and pulling the thread as I went. Then one by one in order, I stitched the triangles together at the tops using single blank triangles as word spacers. I began and ended the entire piece with two blanks.

Once all the triangles were sewn together, I made small knots at the start and finish of the string to keep it from unravelling and additional knots at the very ends of the strings.

I printed out a color coordinating salutation on the blank greeting card outside and inside. (Click on the lettering below to access the free JPG file or HERE for the PDF file of the same wording.)

I taped small pins to the inside flap of the card for Katie to use to hold up her pennant. I happened to find some orange map pins I had that coordinated great, but colorful straight pins work just as well. If you mail a card with pins, rather than hand delivering, you may want to place your finished piece in a padded envelope to keep it from snagging up in the post office equipment.

Tucking the last triangle into the signed card, I began wrapping the pennant bunting around the outside of the card backwards, so it will unwrap in the correct reading direction. The card fits snug already within its envelope, so trimming off a tiny bit of the cards sides before wrapping allows a bit more room for the fabric bulk along the edges. I finished the wrapping by taping of the end of the string to the card. I carefully tucked the card and pennant bunting into the envelope and wrote her name on the front.

The message on the pennant bunting is one that is relevant all year long and not just on her birthday. I wasn’t too concerned about not finishing the cut sides of the fabric, as this isn’t a piece that will be handled much, and on such a small scale as this, I think the raw edges only adds to the sweetness. Hope she likes it!

Other fun ideas for this card/bunting project are a card for welcoming baby, to congratulate accomplishments, love messages, weddings, anniversaries, etc. You can also use paper, vintage or new, printed or plain, with text printed from your computer, the sky’s the limit. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can glue triangles to cute string like Divine Twine. If using paper for the bunting, keep in mind that your triangles need to be able to wrap only on the front and back of the card to keep the paper from creasing/folding if wrapping over the side edges. You can also wrap the bunting to the inside/back of the card only.

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31 Responses to Pennant Bunting Greeting Card

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  2. #2 - JennPost says:

    you are such a genius! that just gave me a great idea for a get well card! thank you! (wish you sold these, I would totally buy one from you as I can sew a stitch!) might be out of paper though and strung on ribbon!

  3. #3 - Alyssa says:

    Great idea for bunting! I’m a huge fan of it, but can never seem to find a way to use it that makes me happy. This is a wonderful solution; thanks!

  4. #4 - Jeanne says:

    I love this! What a great idea – thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  5. #5 - Bridgette says:

    What a wonderful idea, I can’t wait to try this!
    Thank you so much for sharing:)

  6. #6 - Carmen Flores says:

    What a charming gift! Your sister is so lucky!! Thank you for sharing this adorable idea!!!

  7. #7 - Barbara says:

    What a unique greeting card. You’re right, this would be perfect for new babies – any event really. Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. #8 - GrapeSugar says:

    This is so sweet and lovely. Your ideas are such an inspiration every day! I love the new website, congrats 🙂 and your new profile pic is very nice 🙂 Thanks for sharing your gift of creativity so freely with us all.

  9. #9 - Selena Cate says:

    Besides loving the Pennant, those map tacks are awesome. I don’t recall ever coming across them and they would be perfect for so many different projects. I imagine your SIL was so touched when she opened up your handmade card.

  10. #10 - Heather Ozee says:

    This is a fantastic idea! And how can anyone get a treat like that and not feel loved.

  11. #11 - Gretchen Portwood says:

    Cathe, you are amazingly creative! I love this idea. Thank you so much!

  12. #12 - kristin says:

    this is so stinkin’ cute i can hardly contain my glee! after seeing this, i IMMEDIATELY went and bought the carnival stamps and am going to stamp/bunting myself silly. thank you for being so brilliant!

  13. #13 - j k says:

    nice stuff!

  14. #14 - jen says:

    absolutely adore this!

  15. #16 - Melody says:

    This is a sweet idea! I can’t decide who to make one for first. Thanks Cathe!

  16. #17 - Megan says:

    Wonderful piece! This will help me remember not to throw out all those small little fabric scraps!

  17. #18 - kaarin says:

    Love this idea! It’s adorable….

  18. #19 - stephanie says:

    you’re the bomb Cathe!

  19. #20 - Ammie says:

    Cathe, this is beautiful! I am so excited to try out this fabulous idea myself, next time I want to make a really special card. Thanks for sharing!

  20. #21 - Jacquie says:

    Wow- this is darling. Perfect for so many occasions. I would love to do some thing like this as my “Save the Date”…. would probably print the letters onto the fabric though…I fear that would just be too many to stamp, lol.

  21. #22 - lynda Howells says:

    Just love this idea, thanks for sharing. I am about to try it out for my son’s birthdayx love your blog and subscribe to itxlynda

  22. #23 - Heidi says:

    I’m gonna make it quick this afternoon, tomorrow is my daughters birthday!


  23. #24 - katie says:

    thanks Cathe!! I love it! it’s hanging on my bookshelf, under my Block K.
    LOVE it!

  24. #25 - Tiffany Johnson says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog this morning! I had so many epiphanies! Thank you for all your inspiration 🙂 I can’t believe I am just NOW finding you!

  25. #26 - Andrea Padilla says:

    Awesome! Another great idea!!

  26. #27 - jenn king says:

    this is SO adorable!!! i love everything about it. what a fun surprise!!!
    where did you get that tape? i would love some. i want those stamps now too 🙂

  27. Love this tutorial. Would you mind if I featured it on my blog (

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