Root for the Home Team

Have you seen the Home Team Pennant Pillow at School House Electric?

If you hadn’t already, you just did.  Isn’t it cute?  Essentially, it’s the pennant pillow version of a high school Letterman jacket.  Problem is, only NYC is available for purchase.  Seeing as I have no connection to NYC, I decided to make a much cheaper Montana version to represent our state.

Montana-Pennant-Pillow-Stitched-Lettering

Using felt and cotton fabric I already had, I spent exactly zero dollars on this pillow.  To make it, I cut two 24 inch by 19 inch rectangles from my cotton.  Then marked the center on one side and connected the corners to make my triangle base.  For the letters, I free-handed the text.

Montana-Pennant-Pillow-Lettering

When I liked my design, I flipped it over and outlined it with a black marker.

Montana-Pennant-Pillow-Backward-Lettering

With my template ready, I layered the felt over and held it against the window to trace the design to the back of my felt.  I didn’t have fusible interface here (I like Wonder Under), but if I did, this would have been easier.  So, do as I say, not as I do.  Before tracing your lettering, iron Wonder Under to the back side of your felt, leaving the paper backing on.  Then trace your letters and cut out.  Peel the paper off and iron your freshly cut letters to your front triangle and you could be done.  Instead, I hand stitched my felt letters on, which took an episode of Hart of Dixie (no judging, please!) to finish.

Montana-Pennant-Pillow-Stitched-Lettering-Detail

With my letters sewn on, I placed my back triangle on top of my front piece, right sides together, and sewed the two long sides.  Polyfill stuffing  inside, then I sewed along the short side, sealing it all up.  For a decorative pennant look, I stitched another piece of felt along the short side, wrapping it around the back.  And boom, cute triangle pillow for the couch.

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14 thoughts on “Root for the Home Team

  1. I love the way this turned out. The hand stitching is the perfect touch. If you have a second, I would love it if you came by and linked up at The Makers link party going on over on my blog. 🙂

    1. Hi Jen!

      In a perfect world, I would have used the fusible web to secure the felt and then stitched. I don’t know how many times I poked myself with pins holding that. 🙂 So, the stitching would be decorative reinforcement.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

    1. Hi Maryanne!

      So glad you like it! It’s such a fun pillow, just make it larger than you think you should. At minimum 24 by 19 for your base rectangle. I’d go even bigger with mine. 🙂 Thanks for not judging, too. It’s just a good show to have on as background, because you really don’t need to pay attention to it.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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