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Pennant race

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Pennant Race

You’ll Need

  • 3 colours of felt (one large rectangular piece for the pennant, two 1/2-inch by 5-inch (1 cm by 12 cm) strips of a contrasting colour, another colour for the letter cutouts)
  • ribbon for streamers
  • rubber cement
  • white glue
  • scissors


1. Cut a 5-inch by 12-inch (12-cm by 30-cm) rectangular piece of felt. Measure and mark the centre on one of the 5-inch ends. Draw a straight line from each of the opposite corners to the centre mark to form a triangle. Cut out the triangle.

2. Cut two 6-inch long pieces of ribbon for streamers.

3. Lay the triangle flat. Glue two 1/2-inch by 5-inch (1-cm by 12-cm) strips of felt, one on the front and one on the back, to the straight end of the triangle, sandwiching one end of each ribbon streamer in position between the layers. Let dry.

4. Print out the letters of choice onto a piece of white paper, remembering that the letters will have to get slightly smaller in height to fit the length of the pennant as it gets narrower. Spread rubber cement on the back of the printed sheet of paper and let dry.

5. When the rubber cement has dried, lay the paper (cement side down) on top of the felt and press them together with your hands to make the paper stick in position on the felt. Carefully cut out each letter (or shape) with scissors. Remove paper.

6. Lay the letters of choice on the front of your pennant in position. Felt letters or shapes will naturally stick to the felt background. You can make several combinations of words or letters so you can change the message as desired.

7. Pin the finished pennant on your bulletin board with thumb tacks and change the letters as you wish. 

Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, June/July 2014.

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