This month, I made a goal to work on some projects for me. It seems a little selfish. And maybe it is. But I spend the vast majority of my time making things for others, even though there are so many things I’d love to make for me and my home. The idea of making things for me is how the candy corn quilted pennants were born.
This project actually began formulating in my brain several years ago when I spotted a really awesome candy corn bunting on Instagram from my friend Jen. They got my brain working. I thought that candy corn stripes would really come together easily with strip pieced quilting.
But I never got around to it. This year, I decided to spend the time to make a few strands of Halloween pennants for myself. And the idea of a candy corn pennant returned. I’ve seen many on Pinterest but none that looked quilted. I wanted a more homespun look. Since I had all the fabrics on-hand as leftovers from past quilts, it came together for nothing.
Instructions for candy corn pennants:
I only have a few photos later on in the process. I really wasn’t certain if it would turn out at first. Story of my life. If you need clarification, let me know.
- Cut strips of the three colors of fabric – white (2 inches wide), orange (3 inches wide), and yellow (2 inches wide). I made the orange wider because real candy corn is made that way.
- Sew each color into one super long strip. (I just used everything I had and didn’t measure. Measuring isn’t my style.)
- After pressing seams, I sewed the strips together – white, then orange, then yellow. That makes the candy corn colors.
- Using fusible fleece interfacing, I pressed the interfacing to the wrong side of the pieced strips.
- Then, I quilted along the lines of the seams to give it a quilted look.
- I cut the pennants and the backing fabric 6 inches wide. It is quick and simple to cut by changing the direction of the pennants as you go. That’s why the top is white on half of them and then yellow on half of them. You can see this below.
- Then, it’s time to sew around the two side edges. Sew with right sides of backing and front together.
- Clip points and turn pennants to right side out. I used a kabob stick to push out the point. The top should remain open.
- Then sew around the two finished sides with the smallest seam allowance you can muster.
- Finally, sew store-bought binding to the top of each pennant, which finishes the open end of the pennants.
I especially like that the quilted version is a bit different than anything I’ve seen before. (Although I didn’t have the heart to search Pinterest, so I’m sure I’m wrong.) Plus, the pennants are reversible – the backside is a simple autumn pattern that will work through November. It’s a quirky and fun touch to fall decor.
What do you think of my quilted candy corn pennants?