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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Football Field Banner

Every year for Super Bowl Sunday I make felt pennants for the two playing teams. This year, both teams have been in the Super Bowl recently so I already had their pennants made. So, going on a theme I started last year, I made a whole field of pennants. I think it would look great at any sports-themed party or in a boy's room. Here's how I did it:

Football Field Banner
You will need:
  • 1/3 yard green felt cut into 11" wide strips
  • 1/8 yard white felt (2 8 1/2 x 11 sheets works too)
  • White double Fold Bias Tape (aka Quilt Binding)
  • Tacky glue or another fabric glue
  • Scissors, rotary cutter with mat, and Sewing Machine
Instructions:

First, to make your pattern, fold a piece of copy paper in half and then draw a diagonal line from the outer corner to the center (the fold). 

Cut along your line to make a triangle.
 
 










 

Place your pattern on the top edge of the strip and cut along lines using a rotary cutter. Flip the pattern over and use that cut diagonal line as your guide to cut another triangle.
 
Cut 9 green triangles. If you doubled your felt this step goes really fast.
 
 


Cut your white felt into an 11 inch long strip (this step is already done if you are using felt sheets.) Cut 14 strips of white felt 1.2 inch wide and 11 inches long.
 

Cut 4 of those strips into 1.2 inch pieces. You'll end up with about 40 or so. 
 

Glue long strips down the center of each green triangle and glue four little piece on each side of the long strip. Do one triangle first and then use it as a placement guide for the rest.
 

We will trim the hangovers after the glue dries. In the meantime, use a computer to print out 5,4,3,2,1, and 0. I used the font Team MT at a 120 size. You'll need:
  • 2 ones
  • 2 twos
  • 2 threes
  • 2 fours
  • 1 five
  • 9 zeros

Cut out your paper numbers and place on top of white felt.  Cut around your paper pattern, through your felt with scissors.


 
 
 
 
Glue the numbers down on each side of the long white center strip. You should have: 
  • 1 50
  • 2 40s
  • 2 30s
  • 2 20s
  • and 2 10s
 
Flip your pennant over and trim off the excess felt using scissors or a rotary cutter.
 
Open up your quilt binding and fold it in half to find the center. Place your 50 inside the fold in the center and pin. Place the 40s on each side, then the 30s, the 20, and then the 10s. You will have extra binding but that's okay.
 
 
Using white thread and a zig zag stitch, stitch along the bottom edge of the binding. Start at one end of the binding and go all the way to the other end.
 

 Now, hang, enjoy and celebrate!
 

For more football party and Super Bowl celebration ideas, check out my Super Bowl Open houses herehere, here, and here and my football coasters here.

 
Thanks for visiting We Grow By Our Dreams today. You can find lots more tutorials here and on my other blog, The Vintage Sheet Blog.

3 comments:

runningonink said...

HB this is perfect! I love it! You are so creative :) Go Pack GO!

Denise said...

Great. I'm making one for football season next year.

Tami said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:
http://funfamilycrafts.com/football-field-banner/


If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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