Add some fun and inspiration to your craft space with this cute pennant and pom pom bunting. It’s an easy DIY project using your favorite KNK machine and common craft room supplies.
Now that we are well into February, and many of our friends in the milder climates are even talking spring, I thought I’d change up my ornament garland on my little studio fireplace to something more appropriate for this time of year. Since pom poms seem to be popular right now, I combined them with some little pennants for a fun bunting.
- Yarn of your choice
- Large needle
- Ribbon, twine, or string
- Heavy cardstock or art paper (I used 100 lb Bristol)
- Scoring Stylus (optional)
- Red Capped Blade
- Make The Cut software (If you are using SCAL, you will just have to adjust some of the instructions and steps below.)
- Pennant and Pom Pom file or other file of your choice (If you’d like to give my MTC file a try, leave me a comment and I’ll email it to you.)
I am not a pom pom pro, but they are pretty easy to make and I was lucky to find some variegated yarn in my stash that I knew would work well. After a little practice, I was satisfied with my results. I used cotton yarn and wrapped it around 2 or 3 fingers about 40 times. Then, I removed it from my fingers, and tied a small length of yarn very tightly around the middle of the bunch. Next, I cut the loops on both ends and fluffed the balls. My pom poms didn’t turn out very uniform, so I did a lot of trimming to get them roundish.
KNK Zing Settings with MTC Software:
- Force – 130
- Multicut – 2 or 3
- Speed – 10
The file I used is my pennant design which was drawn in Inkscape. I exported the printed portion from Inkscape as a PNG, and then imported that into Make the Cut. For the cut layer, I simply copied the SVG lines from Inkscape and pasted into Make the Cut. The two portions then had to be adjusted slightly to make sure they were exactly the same size.
I created a third layer with a rectangle surrounding the pennants which I set as the bottom layer. (I may not have needed the rectangle, but I wanted to make sure the registration marks stayed in the same exact place for the printing and cutting. By having the rectangle layer turned on for both steps, the registration marks never moved.)
I labeled the image layer, “Print Only”, the cut line layer, “Cut Only”, and the rectangle layer, “Print and Cut”. This was to remind me which layers should be turned on, and which should be turned off for each step.
- Open Pennant and Pom Pom file (or file of your choice) in Make the Cut.
- Prepare for printing. Make sure the check box for “Print Registration Marks” is checked in Print Options. Double-check that your print layer is on and cut layer is off.
- Place printed image on mat. (I have learned from a multitude of errors, to make sure my mat is sticky enough, and scrapped clean of extra paper scraps, residue, lint, etc. This will save you both time and wasted material.)
- Turn on the cut layer and make sure that the print layer is off. Follow instructions for print and cut.
- Remove pennants from the mat.
- If desired, turn pennant over and use stylus to emboss dots in scallops
- Thread a large needle with the ribbon or twine. Start stringing pom poms by sticking the needle through a pom pom so that it goes right through the middle. Alternate pennants and pom poms, starting and ending with a pom pom.