Perry Moffitt

February 20, 2011

Homemade Birthday Banner

In about a month we will be having a first birthday party for our amazing baby girl. And I am getting ready.

I am a planner. I like to plan things. Planning is almost better than the actual event for me sometimes. None the less, I have restrained from renting a pony. And there will be no confetti. And to those of you that say she won’t remember it? I know.

But there will be pictures and stories and legend and that is how a family grows. Don’t we all have memories that we borrow from legend? And legendary this will be. Hooray Birthdays!

update ***finished banner here***

I am not very good at explaining how I make things but I noticed this post is getting a lot of hits from the google search  “how to make fabric birthday banner”  so I am adding this little list.

For this project I used a yard of red felt,  a full yard of triangle fabric, the letter fabric totaled around 1/2 yard. If your name is longer, add more!

1) Cut felt triangles that are 10″ across the top and 12″ long, cut the same amount of fabric triangles only a smidge smaller, 9″ across the top, 11″ long. For special flare, cut the fabric triangles with your pinking shears (zig zag scissors)

2) Free hand with bubble letters your message “happy birthday auntie bernice” with pencil on CONTRASTING fabric. Cut with really good fabric scissors, not pinking shears this time.

3) Top stitch letters with 1/4″ edge allowance to only the fabric triangles, not the felt.  Make sure to leave a little space on the top of the triangles for the ribbon.

4) Sew the fabric triangles to the felt around edges.

5) Sew triangles to ribbon, I recommend leaving each word a separate strand, with 10″ of ribbon on each end.


  1. This is darling! Are you using fabric or patterned craft paper for the banner? I can’t tell from the pictures.

    Also, for those who say she won’t remember it — that’s what photo albums are for. One of my little sister’s favorite pastimes is to go through my mom’s old photographs, counting how many pictures there are of Susan (oldest), me (middle), and herself, citing this as evidence that she is the Least Loved, Most Underappreciated Child. So take lots of pictures of this banner, but make sure you get enough pictures for any subsequent offspring as well! 🙂

    Comment by Rebecca Grace — February 23, 2011 @ 10:31 am | Reply

    • All fabric! and I am hoping to get tons of pictures. Now to make her a birthday dress!

      Comment by perrymoffitt — February 28, 2011 @ 2:39 pm | Reply

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