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Friday, September 24, 2010

How to make Bunting - A craft lesson from naughty shorts!

Hi there, welcome to my first blog craft lesson - ON BUNTING - YAY - Yippee, I hope it doesn't look completely dodgy.

Bunting has to be one of the most charming and simple ways to decorate around your home. It doesn't have to be for a special occasion, and you don't need to have kiddly winks to enjoy it. I made my bunting for my little - but I have decided to keep it for myself...

I would love to hear from YOU. Any pointers or constructive comments on improving my lessons will be MUCHLY APPRECIATED But even more I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear any bunting success stories. I hope there are a few. I am just missing a couple of pictures at the start - promise to remedy that in the next day or so... Deep Breath, here goes...

First, get your gear together. you will need Scissors, thread, 25mm bias binding, a ruler and a nice stack of fabric in colours of your liking. 

1.   Prepare your bias binding by folding it in half and pressing in place.  Make sure that if you are using a poly/cotton binding that you don't set your iron too hot or the fabric may melt a little!
2. Cut  your  triangles.  Mine  are  10  inches  long  x  8  inches  wide. To make a bunting with 7 flags you will need  fourteen triangles.
3. Separate into pairs, thinking about your fabric and how you want your bunting to look.  With right sided of the fabric together, sew along the long edges of your flags. Leave the shortest side of the flags open for turning out the right way, and then press flat.
make sure you watch out for your fingers...
4. Arrange the flags in an order that is pleasing to your eye.  Don't forget to flip them over to make sure you are happy with the way they look on the other side as well. 
5. Fold your bias tape in half to roughly find the center point. Starting at the center, place your flags snuggly into the crease of the bias tape.
6. Pin the flags in place as you go. Taking time to arrange the flags nice and neat into the fold will help you when it comes time to sew the flags to the tape.
7. Arrange your flags approximately 3 inches apart from each other. Leave a length of bias tape free at each end for tying your flags up.

8. Carefully start sewing your bias tape, starting from the very end of the tape, all the way using the lines on your sewing machine as a marker for a neat straight line.
Keep feeding the flags through until you reach the very end of the bias tape...

10. Flip the tape over so that the flags are facing in the opposite direction and sew a second line of stitching from one end of the bias tape, across the flags, to the other end of the bias tape.
WALLA! All finished, now you can make bunting to your hearts content xox
P.s If you can't be bothered making your own you could pop over to the shop and see what's available...

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this tute I've got a vintage Italian pizza bday this Saturday and now I can do my own bunting. Thanks.