Ooooh – It’s October!! Time to decorate for Halloween!!
(I know everyone has been already doing it for the last month – but for me October 1st is the magical day. Out come the crows and the candlesticks and that weird meshy stuff that looks like a shroud.
Last year I had a blast decorating my Mantel with my Spooky Lady Mirror, but now I have this giant heavy antique white mirror screwed into the wall over the mantel. And it is NOT coming down.
So Spooky Lady is residing on a different wall this year – and I get to change some things around.
I decided to start by making my First. Ever. Pennant. Banner. (Gasp!) I know. I’m a pennant virgin. I had never really come up with an idea I liked. Until now.
This year we’re going Gothic for Halloween. A little Glam combined with a little Spooky. Scary Chic maybe? lol.
Here’s the Pennant!!
If you’ve been around since last year, you’ll remember that I’m not so much into the orange for Halloween. Give me Black and Pink every time. :)
I decided to only show you the banner – because I don’t want you to know what will be on the mantel yet.
You have to wait until next week for the Fabulous Wreath and the Full Mantel Reveal!
Ready for the Tutorial??
This one is super easy. You could even do the whole thing with no sewing if you want!
1/4 Yard White Fabric
Same amount of Freezer Paper
Ribbon (I used Black Velvet)
1/4 Yard Black silky fabric for bows
Scraps of lace
Pattern (click here to download)
Start by cutting your white fabric just a little larger than a sheet of 8 x 11 paper. You’ll need four pieces. Cut Freezer paper to the same size.
Iron the shiny side of the Freezer paper to the fabric.
Trim the fabric and freezer paper so that it is 8 1/2″ x 11″. This will make the edges nice and clean so you don’t have any problems printing on it.
If you don’t have a paper cutter, a piece of card stock works great as a pattern.
Print the Pennant pieces onto your fabric. Lay the fabric into your printer one piece at a time.
Sometimes you get little smudges on your fabric. Fortunately this didn’t overlap my pennant piece – but if it happens to you, just reprint the piece.
Cut out your pennants before you take off the Freezer paper. It will be a lot easier!
Leave a little bit of the white on top to sew to the ribbon.
Run your fingernail along the edge of the pennant to fray it just a bit. You don’t want it looking too “new”.
Sew (or glue) your pennants to a piece of ribbon – so the top edge doesn’t show over the top of the ribbon.
The skull pennants should be at each end. Also – make sure you spell BEWARE right. lol. I double checked a couple of times.
Out of the black, silky fabric, cut two pieces about 4 1/2″ x 44. Tie each strip into a large bow.
Wrap the center of the bow with some lace and sew a fun pendant to hang below the knot.
(I found these at Walmart.)
Fray up the edges of your bows too.
Turn the bow over to the back side. Sew the edge of the pennant ribbon to the top of the back of one side of the bow.
Repeat with the other bow and the other side of the pennant.
You don’t have to have super neat stitches for this. Obviously.
To hang the pennant, I actually hot-glued the bows to the mantel. I added drops of glue to each side of the bows and waited until they cooled just a little bit.
While it was still warm, I held the bow to the mantel. It made a kind of little sticky bump, but it doesn’t hurt the paint.
(Though if your glue is super hot it might. Don’t send me mean emails if you end up with blotches.)
And that’s it!! Easy peasy right??
I love how the glitzy little pennants look on the bows.
I thought about adding some ribbons between the pennants, but with the mantel decorations I didn’t want it to be much.
I can’t wait to show you the fun wreath that goes with this next week!
***Update – You can see the Gothic Halloween Wreath here and the whole Halloween mantel here!
What do you think?? I’d love to know!
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Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says
Fun, Bev! I can’t believe you’re only now making your first banner. Are you addicted yet? It turned out fabulously, of course! Can’t wait to see the rest!
I’d love to hear how you liked printing on fabric through the computer! I’ve been wanting to do that but have chickened out thus far. Visions of mangled fabric getting trapped in my printer!
Phoenix Peacock says
this is fabulous and will go excellently with your tutu wreathe from last year!
LOVE this!!! I love the mixture of the feminine and spooky!!! Too cool!
The Answer Is Chocolate says
I love it and cannot wait to see the rest!
Such a fun Halloween banner! I love the bows with the pendants in the middle!
I’d love for you to link this up to my Monster Mash Bash Halloween link party! http://afishwholikesflowers.blogspot.com/2011/10/lets-do-monster-mash.html
Heidi Ferguson says
Super cute! I love that you just printed it on there. What a great and easy idea! I will have to try it sometime.
Karen Weight says
I think it looks great! I still haven’t tried printing on fabric, but it sounds fun! Thanks for sharing:)
I LOVE the pink and skulls!!
Great job! Love the design and the added bling to the bows! I’ve never printed on fabric… but now I may have to give it a whirl!
Very cute! Thanks for sharing and the tips like freezer paper to leave ON when cutting. Yup, that would work much better!
Visiting from EVERYTHING HALLOWEEN linky party at Midwestern Sewing Girl,
~Suzanne in NW Illinois
Stephanie @ henry happened says
Love those gothic bows! I need to get some freezer paper!
I absolutely love this banner! The gothic look is so awesome. Can’t wait to see everything else you come up with! I want to print on fabric soooooo badly but am such a chicken lol
Oh soooo cute! I’m so into banners right now! I just can’t stop making them. Thanks for the idea.
Megan (Best of Fates) says
This is brilliant – I’m definitely going to use it to help make a Halloween banner!