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Make a Fabric Banner that Won’t Fray

Making fabric banners without sewing is a great way to express yourself and make your own decorations. Traditional fabric banners require stitching and decorating, which can take a lot of time and resources. But with the right materials and supplies, it’s possible to create a stunning banner without doing any sewing at all! In this blog post, we’ll show you how you can make a fabric banner in no time.  Plus, there’s a free pattern template to use to cut out your pennant piece for your banner.

When you learn how to make a fabric banner you can make them for any occasions. Try using them as decorations at a baby shower or bridal shower or just fancy up your house decor.  Once you see how easy it is to make this banner, you’ll see it’s the best way to make it, for sure!

Screen Porch with No Sew Fabric Banner

There’s nothing more festive than a pennant banner at a party?   But, what if you want to use your banner outdoors for a summer picnic? Why go to the trouble of making a paper banner that won’t last long. I  like to make banners from a few different types of fabric.  Today, I’ll show you how easy it is to make a fabric banner that won’t fray!  And, you don’t need a sewing machine!

No Sew Fabric Banner

Where can I find banner fabric for cheap? 

If you’re a long-time reader, you know I love to use inexpensive tablecloths from HomeGoods for my sewing projects. Honestly, a 9.99 large tablecloth is more cost effective than buying 2 or 3 yards of fabric at the fabric store.  

And, I’ve found I can get prints that I like more often in a tablecloth than searching and searching online for the perfect check or plaid.  

I’ve also used cotton tea towels and napkins. 

Again, this is much more cost effective than buying a yard of fabric for your DIY pennant banner.

Also, as a long time seamstress, the fabric quality is often so much better than what you can buy at the fabric store (unless you are custom ordering designer fabric).  If you want to make a neutral banner, pick up a cheap drop cloth from Home Depot or Lowe’s and use it the same way.  You could even stencil letters onto each pennant!

Using this kind of fabric in this way ensures that you don’t wind up with fraying edges on the sides of the fabric. It’s the perfect way to make an economical banner.

Fabric for Fabric Banner

Also, as a long time seamstress, the fabric quality is often so much better than what you can buy at the fabric store (unless you are custom ordering designer fabric).  If you want to make a neutral banner, pick up a cheap drop cloth from Home Depot or Lowe’s and use it the same way.  You could even stencil letters onto each pennant!

So, here’s what’s perfect about using these specific fabric items to make a no sew banner – they already have a seam around all the edges that you will use to feed your twine through to hang the banner!!!  This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.  See my full disclosure policy in the bottom of this page.

Supplies for Banner

Tea Towels, Napkins, Tablecloth, Sheet, Drop Cloth .  .  .   (any fabric that has a seam around the edge that goes with your color scheme)

Any Brand of Heat n Bond

Twine or Thin Rope

Paper for Templates

Printable Templates Below



Step 1

Download the banner template page below by clicking on the BOLD title above the template.  Once the banner template has been downloaded, print and cut out the pennant template you would like to use.  I used the triangle one for the banner I’m sharing today.

Fabric Banner Templates

Fabric Banner Templates

Step 2

Iron your fabric so it’s not wrinkled.  Align your template along the seam edge of your fabric.  Now that you can see the height of the triangle template, cut a piece of Heat n Bond to cover that area of your fabric.  Now, using the instructions on the Heat n Bond package, iron the Heat n Bond piece you cut to the reverse side of your fabric.

Heat N Bond for No Sew Fabric Banner

Step 3

Fabric Banner Pattern Tracing


Trace your template on the paper backed Heat n Bond multiple times along the seam length – get as many pennant triangles, or whatever pennant shapes you choose to use,out of the side seam as you can. Leave the paper attached and cut out the pennants.  

Once cut, peel away the paper.  The Heat n Bond makes the pennants a little sturdier and will keep the fabric from fraying.

Fabric Banner with Heat N Bond

Repeat this step with multiple colors or you can do all the same fabric if you wish.  Just continue to make pennants until you have enough for the length of your completed banner.

Fabric Banner Triangles

Step 4

Fabric Banner, Twine and Scissors


Measure the twine to the space where you want to hang your pennant banner and add a little extra length to allow for draping and then cut.  Tie one end of your twine to a safety pin and begin feeding your pennants through the end seams.

Fabric Banner and Twine

Leave some space in between each pennant, but you don’t have to be specific with spacing at this point.  Once you are finished threading the twine through all the pennants, you can hang your banner and then adjust the spacing between each pennant.

Screen Porch with Fabric Banner

Tips for making your own no sew pennant banner

• Use a variety of different fabric prints and/or colors to make your banner more interesting.

• Get creative with embellishments like ribbon, lace, buttons or sequins for added interest. These can all be added by using a strip of glue, a hot glue gun, or some double sided tape- still no need for the sewing machine. 

• Make sure the twine you use is strong enough to hold the weight of your pennants.

• Keep your fabric scraps to use for other projects when you just need a few fabric strips to complete a look. Scrap fabric is always good to have on hand. 

• Once the banner is complete, use nails to hang it up or if you have a mantle, simply drape it across for a beautiful display!

I hope these tips help you create your own unique and beautiful no sew pennant banners.

That’s it!  Of course, if you like to sew, you can sew your own seam into your fabric before applying the Heat n Bond.   I am going to be making more of these pennants for an outdoor July 4th picnic and string some lights with them!   These pennant banners are really great to use at any party – just choose fabrics that go with your theme.  I used one like this at the bridal shower I held for Sarah a few years ago.  You can see it HERE.


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Tuesday 21st of June 2016

So festive!!! I still love banners and I'd not thought to use tea towels nor to stiffen the fabric. Great tips!!! I really like your ideas.


Tuesday 21st of June 2016

Such a great idea to use the seams already there! Love your fabrics and how easy this is! Thanks so much for sharing!


Tuesday 21st of June 2016

So cute, Doreen and I love the fabric patterns and colors.