Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Star Bear Pennant

This project was a labor of love, it's for my oldest sister who turned 60 this month.  She has been teaching 1st grade for about 35+ years so far and her class is known as the Star Bears....everything is all about the BEAR!  I came up with the perfect gift for her, a pennant for her classroom.

Supplies included:
Main fabric
Lining fabric
Fabric for letters
Heat and bond
Cricut Letters

 I made a pattern and cut pennant pieces out of the main fabric along with the lining and iron on interfacing.  I did that for all my 16 pieces.  I spelled our Ms. Vowels Star Bears! I ironed the interfacing to the front side fabric to give it more stability.

 Before sewing the pieces together I cut a small piece of a pink shoe string (I used what I had...you could use ribbon or elastic) for both sides of the pennant.  I sewed the looped piece onto each side to hold in place then stitched wrong sides together leaving an opening at the top to turn right side out.
Don't forget to leave an opening at the top to turn after trimming seams!

 The lining on this piece was pink....this is the opening I left in order to turn right side out.
 All turned and ready to push all the corners out and get everything smooth!
  I use a small pointed paint brush to push the corners...works like a dream!!!
 After turning and pushing all the corners out....IRON it....makes everything crisp!
 This is my helper Sadie...she makes sure I do it right...!
After ironing the piece I stitched across the top edge.
After all the pieces were stitched I ironed on my letters I cut out previously with my Cricut. I ironed on the Heat and Bond to my fabric and ran it through the Cricut using the Plantin Schoolbooks cartridge.

All the letters were ironed on and ready to put together!
I attached each piece together with a small piece of ribbon.
After attaching the pieces together I added the decorative ribbon in the middle.
Once the pieces were attached I added several pieces of ribbon to the end so it could be hung on the wall.
The finished pennant banner...Ms. Vowels    Star Bears!
 I also gave my sis this precious desk I happened up on at Goodwill along with the cute bear.  I made a bow for the bear out of the pennant fabric along with a "Super Star" Button....!
You only turn 60 once but you can say it over and over again....I cut these with my Cricut and glued them onto card stock.  She was super surprised with all her goodies!

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