Cross Stitch Finishing Tutorial – Pennant Banner

July 07, 2015

Today we’re bringing you the third cross stitch finishing tutorial for square.ology. We hope you’re having fun following these finishing tutorials. We’re having lots of fun sharing our ideas with you. Follow this tutorial to make a pennant banner from our Whimsy Cross Stitch Charts. The full tutorial is shown below but you can also download a PDF here.


  • [whimsy] design stitched on 30 count linen
  • Matboard (4 3/8” square)
  • Batting (4 3/8” square)
  • Lacing thread (hand quilting thread or pearl cotton #8)
  • Stitchery tape (double-sided, acid free)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper Accents – Kraft Chipboard Pennants   (5” x 8”, available in craft stores)
  • White twisted cord—1/4” diameter
  • Scotch tape
  • JABC []


  • Sharp sewing needles
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilter’s ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • X-acto Knife
  • Hole punch
  • Iron & pressing surface
  • Brown Sharpie
  • [square.ology] flat-finish tutorial 

Prepare the Flat-Finished Square:

  • Using the [square.ology] Flat-Finish Tutorial, flat finish any of the 4” whimsy designs.
  • Sew any embellishments to the flat-finished piece using a small needle and matching thread.

Prepare the Paper Pennant:

  • Cut small pieces of stitchery tape and apply around the edges of a chipboard pennant. Remove the backing paper from the tape.

  • Lay the pennant (tape-side-down) on the wrong side of your scrapbook paper. Press the pennant against the paper to make the tape stick.
  • Using an X-acto knife and cutting mat, trim the paper even with the edges of the chipboard pennant.

  • Line up the hole punch with the holes in the chipboard and punch holes in the paper to match.

  • Using a brown (or dark blue) Sharpie, color any visible edges of the chipboard.

Finish the Pennant:

  • Place the flat-finished stitching face-down. Put strips of stitchery tape along the edges and remove the backing paper.

  • Arrange the flat-finished square on the paper side of the pennant according to the picture and press down to apply the tape to the paper.

Finish the Garland:

  • Make more pennants with the other [whimsy] stitched pieces and extra ones by covering some pennants with just paper.
  • Tie a knot 12” from the end of your cord (adjust the 12” if you want a longer “tail” at the end of your banner).

  • Lay the cord with the knot on the right and the unknotted end on the left. You will string from left to right. Wrap a piece of Scotch tape around the left end of the cord to make threading easier.
  • String the cord through the right hole of the first pennant, from the front to the back. Slide the pennant to the right until the hole meets the knot you made.

  • Now thread the cord through the left hole, from the back to the front. Tie a knot right in front of the hole.

  • Choose how much space you want to leave between this and the next pennant and then tie a knot at that point.
  • Repeat steps 4 & 5 until all of your pennants are threaded onto the cord.

Enjoy your [whimsy] pennant banner!

©2015, Hands On Design, Just Another Button Company™    No permission is granted to reproduce these instructions or images for commercial purposes, although shops may distribute the instruction sheet as part of a class or tutorial featuring [square.ology] or other products by Hands On Design or Just Another Button Company.  Permission for other uses must be granted individually and in writing.  The instructions and images may not be published or shared electronically by shops or individuals. Instructions and images are property of Hands On Design and Just Another Button Company.

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