Many people don’t want to invest a lot of energy, and especially money, into their kids’ spaces because, they believe that:
a.) kids destroy things
b.) kids tastes change
I completely agree, on both counts. I still think that a fun, inexpensive kids room is something that is possible to create, however. And so many of the little touches we can add are quick and easy, too. I made these DIY pillows from vintage pennants for my train-loving son’s room.
They were super quick, easy, AND inexpensive! *This post contains affiliate links. Please read our full disclosure policy HERE.*
You may already have some pennants at home…your daughter’s elementary school? Your son’s football team? Your own college or high school? Why not pull them out of the drawers and make some DIY pillows or throw pillows with them?
Pennant DIY Pillows – Supplies
pillow forms (can be any size that will work with the pennant(s) you’ve chosen)
fabric for cover, or pre-made pillow cover (we used burlap)
stitchless sewing adhesive (if going the no-sew route)
I found these vintage train pennants on eBay. They had a lot of pennants, both new and vintage to choose from. States, cities, historical events, sports teams, schools etc….lots to choose from there.
Pennant DIY Pillows – How To
OK, this part is a choose your own adventure. You can either SEW, or NO SEW. I personally broke out the sewing machine here, and sewed a couple of simple envelope pillow covers. When I say simple, I mean you don’t need to know how to do anything except thread the machine and stitch a straight-ish line. Seriously. Because that’s about the limit of my sewing knowledge. There are so many great tutorials online for how to make one, so if you need a helping hand, click on that word “sew” above.
If you are the type of person who just said “sewing machine? What the heck is that?” then don’t worry. You can choose the “no sew” adventure. Totally cool by me. I’m ALL for EASY. If you need some hand holding on that option, click on the “no sew” link above and it will take you to another blogger’s page w/ her awesome tutorial.
You guys, you can even BUY the dang pillow cover, and just sew on the pennant. OR NOT SEW on the pennant and use the fabric glue! Seriously, the EASY OPTIONS here are ENDLESS!
Check out more of our DIY kids room projects…
And the bottom line is that a simple project like this is not expensive to make, or time consuming. But it does add such a special, fun, personalized touch to their space. Speaking of this space, if you haven’t seen it before, you can see more of it in the room reveal post. If you want to know how to install your own large scale wall mural, head HERE. Want to make your own, inexpensive cornice boards or bolster pillow covers? We got all that for you, too! We even rounded up a collection of our favorite 100+ fun throw pillows for kids spaces that you can purchase…no DIY necessary!
Not into DIY? Here are some pennant pillows that you can buy!
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