i should be mopping the floor: DIY Felt Sports Pennants

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

DIY Felt Sports Pennants

These DIY Felt Sports Pennants are the perfect centerpiece for your party for the big game. I made them myself and they were a blast to put together. See how to create these below, along with tips on making sure your party is a WINNING event!

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial.
I've always wanted to make some vintage-like felt sports pennants. I love the look of them. When we were down in Fredericksburg, Texas a couple of weeks ago, I found a shop with a huge collection of them and thought they'd be perfect as decor for our big game festivities. However, at forty bucks a pop, I walked away thinking I could create my own DIY versions for a lot less. They're not as vintage-y, but they're still pretty CUTE! Check out how to make these DIY Felt Sports Pennants below.

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial.
We are planning to have a few friends over to watch the big game. I do like to have a fun spread for everyone to enjoy. While I may not be the queen of sports, I do enjoy party decor and of course...the party food. I wanted to create a cute centerpiece that can also double as a take-home favor for our friends (who doesn't want a gifty-gift, right?).

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
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And check out this tutorial for my DIY Felt Sports Pennants:


Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
I used 12x12 felt squares from the craft store for my pennants. One felt square creates one pennant. I also used wooden dowel rods in 3/8" thickness. The rods I used were 36" long, but we cut them with our miter saw at random lengths so they'd stand up at different heights in our bucket (this was just preference, you can leave them at 36"...or leave the dowels out all together and string them up like a banner!). I used white heat transfer vinyl for my lettering, cut on my vinyl cutting machine. You can certainly cut letters by hand out of felt, but it would take significantly longer. If you don't have a vinyl cutting machine, feel free to grab precut vinyl letters at your local craft store (they won't be skewed, but that's totally okay). I have the words I used below in cut files for you to download, if you want to go that route. You'll also need your sewing machine and white thread (or fabric glue if you're not into sewing).

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
One felt square creates one pennant. I made a template for you, however, it requires printing on legal size paper (which I know we don't all keep on hand). CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATE. Or, just use your sewing/quilting ruler to create your triangles. My short sides are 7" and my long sides are 11.5". It's an isosceles triangle, where two of the sides are equal in length. Cut two of these triangles out of one felt square. I used two pieces to give these felt sports pennants a bit of stiffness so they wouldn't be too floppy. 

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
Cut your lettering out (free cut files for this listed below for the size I mentioned of these pennants above). If using heat transfer vinyl, I've already mirrored the lettering for you...just be sure to place your vinyl shiny side down on your cutting mat. Then iron on your vinyl according to your package directions. I only did one side of my pennants with lettering...directionally, it would have been awkward going from small to large (at least, that was my thought process).


Cut file downloads (these were made with Silhouette software):

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
Clip or pin your two pennant sections together. If you don't sew, you can use fabric glue to attach them together. However, I love the little white stitch and the dimension it adds to the piece.

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
You will only sew the two longer sides, using a basic stitch. You can do this in one continuous stitch. Just leave your needle in the felt at the point, raise your presser foot, and turn the felt to the other side to stitch. Lower your presser foot and continue stitching. Don't forget to do a backstitch at the start and stop of your long stitch. Again, don't sew the short side.

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
For the short side, we will use white felt strips. Cut four strips. Two strips will be 8"x.5" and two strips will be 8"x1". Lay one larger strip down and place your pennant's short side on top of it (halfway). Then make the two skinnier strips into your ties (as pictured above). Then lay the other wider strip on top of it. You will do one single stitch on your sewing machine, catching all of the pieces. Then you will trim the overhanging ends to match the angle of your triangle (see photo below).

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
You can tie it on your dowel at this point. 
Or, string it up for a fun banner.

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
Aren't they fun? My kids now want some for their bedrooms, too. Check out how these came together in the video below, too:



Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
I feel like having one big focal point can be less work than loads of banners, balloons, posters, and all that for a get together. These DIY Felt Sports Pennants certainly fit the bill for that. I did borrow some pom poms, a helmet and football, as well. 

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
Before you host a get together for the big game, make sure your house is ready with these WINNING products!

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
Before I lay the food out, I spray the main rooms with Febreze One Fabric and Air Mist. Loving this new Bamboo scent...it's nice and neutral and gives the space a fresh scent.

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
The black and white striped referee-esque table fabric gets washed with Downy April Fresh so it smells great, too!

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
And...I do mop (even despite my reputation). But I love products like Swiffer that make it a breeze. I don't have to drag out a bucket and water and get everything sloshy wet. I can do it just minutes before company arrives and have the floor looking sparkly clean. I also love the dry dusting pads since my darker floors get dusty fast. 

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
I also make sure all of the bathrooms are well stocked. It would be a major PARTY PENALTY to have a guest not be able to find toilet paper when the existing roll runs out. I keep some in a basket close to the toilet, within easy reach. We're loyal Charmin users, too...everyone loves nice toilet paper, amiright?

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
You guys are already aware of my love affair with Bounty. Having lots on hand for spills is a must!

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
It's great for post-party clean-up, too!

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
My favorite thing about the football party (besides the decor)? The food, of course! We love making charcuterie boards with loads of meats and cheeses (and more!) for our guests (they're perfect for our low carb diets, too). 

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
Charcuterie boards are a nice, no-cook way to serve a great spread. If my guests ask to help in any way, I let them know they can bring chips or dessert. 

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
Look up charcuterie boards on Pinterest for easy ideas to make your own. We love to include crackers, olives, grapes, dried fruits, jelly, and our favorite meats and cheeses. It's easy to replenish when it's running low, too.

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
I include festive party ware, too.

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.


Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
We're ready for the big game!

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.
What kinds of decorations do you use for football parties? Making these pennants FELT like a party itself!

Make your own vintage-like Felt Sports Pennants! These are perfect as a party centerpiece or even kitschy home decor. Easy-to-follow tutorial at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com under the sewing tab.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.







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