DIY Fabric Birthday Banner

by Mel

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Here’s an easy tutorial to make your own cheerful birthday banner! Includes free pattern and step-by-step directions. 


If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you know that I love doing festive things cheaply. (Partly so I can justify doing it all, partly because I love a good deal, and mostly because I know that you can be festive without spending a lot of money.)


  • fabric
  • pinking shears
  • banner template
  • sharpie
  • bias tape
  • sewing machine

At a yard sale, I picked up some scraps of fabric they were giving away for free. FREE people. I knew I could do something with it! Look at those bright colors.


I decided to make a birthday bunting that I could pull out birthday after birthday.

I made a template with the size I wanted each piece to be. Then, I traced it onto the fabric.

I suppose you could get really fancy and sew the edges, but I wanted to keep it simple. So, I used pinking shears to cut so that the edges wouldn’t fray.


Then I cut out thick b-i-r-t-h-d-a-y letters out of white felt to sew onto each piece.

After that was done, I sewed it all together by attaching each triangle to double-fold bias tape.

And ta-da! Here is the finished bunting….


Even though we sometimes have themed birthdays, I still use this bunting to help the birthday person feel extra special. It is becoming a familiar birthday tradition for us all and I love it.


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