Tuesday Tutorial: Charm Pack Pennant

Teacher's Gift Idea
**the teachers name has been “disguised” for privacy reasons**

I was in charge of my son’s class for Teacher Appreciation last week.  I was supposed to decorate her door and was trying to think of something more permanent than just paper.

While lying in bed one night, I got this idea! I was so excited I got up and cut it out that night!

I decided to make her a banner with her name on it, that way if she wanted too she could keep it and use it each year in her class.

It just uses 1 Charm Pack, 2 packages of ric rack and a fat quarter for the lettering.

image from here

A charm pack is a pre cut stack of 5″ squares, sold by Moda Fabrics. They are basically 1-2 squares of each fabric in a designers particular collection.  For this banner I used the Wee Play charm pack by American Jane.

Figure out what you want to say so that you know how many charm pieces that you need.

You will need 2 charm pieces for each pennant piece (the pennant is double sided)

Lay 2 charm pieces directly on top of each other wrong sides together.
Using a zig zag attachment to your rotary cutter, cut the square into a triangle. Do this by finding the center of the bottom of the square and cutting to the corers on both sides. (see photo)

repeat this step for each pennant piece.

With the pennant pieces still wrong sides together, using a straight stitch, stitch around the pennant piece 1/4″ in from each edge.

Cut out lettering and iron one letter to each pennant pieces (if you need a tutorial for how to cut out letters for the pennant, see my previous tutorial here)..

Thread your machine with thread the same color as your ric rack.  About 12″ in from the side of the ric rac, pin your first pennant piece to ric rack (ric rack on top). Stitch down the center of the ric rack.
Leaving 1/2″-3/4″ of ric rack, pin your next pennant piece to the rick rack. Sew..
repeat this until you’ve sewn all of your pennant pieces on.

You’re done!!

**note: the We Love & Ms.  pennants are 2 separate pennants not attached to each other***

Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. says

    That is so cute! What a thoughtful project for a teacher. Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

  2. says

    Cute Cute Cute!! I have seen a few of your other pennants but always thought they were made out of paper, how great that they are made out of fabric! It seems like it would last forever. Thanks for the tutorial, I’ll be linking this one!

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