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Do you need a colorful and inexpensive decoration for a birthday party? I came up with this idea when I needed a simple decoration that wouldn't cost much, and also that I could use for several different occasions. I'm happy with the way it turned out and I think anyone could make it. It's a great sewing project for a beginner.  
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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You will need some old clothes or scraps of fabric, scissors, sewing machine, thread, 3/8" wide ribbon and a measuring tape.  

Step 2: Making Pattern

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Cut a piece of paper 8" x 10". Fold it in half lengthwise and open. Fold the sides at an angle from the top corner to the bottom center fold. Cut at the fold lines to make a triangle.

Step 3: Cut out Triangles

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Pin the pattern to fabric and cut out an even number of triangles. My pennant had 14 finished triangles in it so I cut out 28 because they are double sided.  

Step 4: Sew Triangles

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Place 2 triangles right sides together, pin. Sew the sides and 2" on each side of the top, leaving a 4" opening at the top for turning. Clip the corners and turn right side out.

Step 5: Iron

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Press triangles with a hot iron.

Step 6: Arrange Triangles

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I didn't want any 2 identical triangles next to each other, so I laid them out and arranged them before I started sewing them onto the ribbon.

Step 7: Sew onto Ribbon

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Depending on how many triangles you have made, cut a piece of 3/8" wide ribbon to sew the triangles onto. I left about 6" extra on each end. Also, leave about 1" between each triangle.  I used a zig-zag stitch. Sew the short side of each triangle onto the ribbon. 

Step 8: Finished Pennant

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Now you are ready to hang up your pennant, just get a couple of thumbtacks and there you go! It also works very well for an outdoor decoration, it won't tear easily like crepe paper. You can make a pennant in any color combination you want, school colors or Holiday themes...think of all the possibities!