Need an easy Halloween sewing project to decorate for the season? This candy corn pennant banner is just the ticket! It’s adorable, super simple and beginner friendly. Plus it will get the whole family in the mood for the spookiest holiday of the year! Read on for the step by step tutorial.
Like the other 7 billion people on the planet, I LOVE Halloween décor, even though, as a mother, I HATE the holiday itself. Don’t even get me started on kids changing their minds on costume ideas 2 hours beforehand or the sugar highs, fights over candy, fear of weirdos kidnapping my kids….
But back to the fun part: décor! My all-time favorite holiday DIY is this candy corn pennant because
1. it’s made of fabric! My favorite medium
2. It’s super easy to sew
3. It has lasted year after year, which is more than can be said of my paper projects of years gone by.
Bonus: Read on for a no-sew alternative!
My banner has 10 pennants and measures about 10 feet long, FYI.
Quilting cotton in orange, yellow and white (1/2 yard each)
10 feet of black, double fold bias tape (purchase or make your own!)
1. Get a free copy of the candy corn template by entering your email address in the box below. Download the template and print it out. Be sure the “fit to page” box is blank and/or set your margins to “none”. The template should measure about 7.5” x 9”.
2. Cut one copy of your template into 3 pieces for the front of the candy corn. For the other copy of the template, just cut out the triangle whole (this will be for the backs).
2. Using the three front pieces, trace and cut out fabric pieces in each of the coordinating colors. Do this until you have enough for your entire pennant (i.e. 10 yellow top pieces, 10 orange middle pieces and 10 bottom white pieces). Then, using your uncut template, cut out backs for each candy corn. I alternated between orange, yellow and white for the backs, just to make it interesting.
3. Sew the three front pieces together, right sides together, pressing each seam open.
4. Lay your back piece on top of the front (right sides together) and sew down each side (leave the top open). Turn right sides out, poking the point out with a chopstick or pencil tip. Press seams well.
5. Using black double fold bias tape, sandwich the top of each pennant in between the folds of the tape, and top stitch all along the open edge of the tape. I left about 4” of space between each candy corn. Lastly, fold in the short raw ends of the bias tape and topstitch.
No- Sew Variation!
Same supplies as above plus:
fabric glue (No-Sew, Fabric Fusion or others found at any craft store)
**Follow instructions above through step #2.
3. Fold the front tops of the middle and bottom pieces of each candy corn over 1/4” and press. Using fabric glue, glue the folded down top edge onto the raw bottom edge of the piece above it (middle piece glued to top piece, bottom piece glued to middle piece). OR just use felt and no need for folding or pinking shears!
4. Run glue around the inside edges of finished front piece and attach back piece.
5. Using pinking shears, cut around sides of each candy corn.
6. Glue each candy corn to inside of double fold bias tape.
Wondering what magnificent Halloween photo is in that frame?
Ok, you asked for it:
A classic from the old glory days of college. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure this wasn’t even ON Halloween…