“Happy Birthday” Banner

By  Madeline Arendt 

size: approx. 102"x10"

  • “Happy Birthday” Banner
  • Closeup View


  • White cotton muslin, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Cotton fabrics: aqua blue, 1/4 yd; coordinating print fat quarters, four
  • Blumenthal Lansing Favorite Findings Buttons, 13 each: Pink, Yellow, Turquoise, Green
  • Narrow white rick rack, 4 yds.
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grunge Paper
  • White glittered cardstock
  • Satin rattail cording, 4 yds.
  • Thin jute cording


  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Dies: Twang Alphabet, Tiny Tabs & Tags, Flower Layers #6, Lace Edging Decorative Strip, Button #4 Sizzlit
  • Gold metallic paint
  • White glitter glue
  • Spray starch
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive; Therm O Web HeatnBond UltraHold Iron-On Adhesive, 2 yds.

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, acrylic quilting ruler, rotary cutter, pencil, cardstock scrap, iron and pressing surface, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern - "Happy Birthday" Banner

  • 1. Spray muslin with spray starch; iron out wrinkles. Print pattern onto cardstock scrap. Trace and cut out 13 pennant shapes from muslin.
  • 2. Follow manufacturer's instructions to fuse iron-on adhesive onto cotton fabric quarters. Use machine and alphabet dies to cut "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" from fused fabrics. Remove backing from letters and iron onto center of each pennant.
  • 3. Die cut 26 small rounded tabs from Grunge paper. On covered work surface, paint each tab gold; let dry. Fold each tab in half; adhere two tabs onto top edge of each pennant, about 1" from each end, using fabric glue. Let dry.
  • 4. Die cut three lace edging strips from aqua fabric for each pennant. Adhere strips along diagonal edges first using fabric glue. Let dry. Round ends on bottom using scissors. Adhere third strip along top edge using fabric glue; trim ends if needed. Let dry. Repeat process for remaining pennants.
  • 5. Adhere white rick rack along inner edges of lace edging; let dry. Repeat process for remaining pennants. Outline each letter with thin line of white glitter glue. Let dry. Outline white rick rack with white glitter glue. Let dry.
  • 6. Die cut 52 flower buttons from white glittered cardstock. Position plastic button on each die-cut button; insert jute twine through holes on button and tie bow on top. Trim twine ends. Adhere three buttons onto each flag at corners where lace edging and rick rack overlap. Adhere one button on each letter. Let dry.
  • 7. String pennants onto rattail cording through folded tabs to hang.
  • Tip
  • 1. Create another saying on the reverse of the banner for other occasions.