Monday, June 04, 2007
Update: I've posted this item up in my shop!
Finally! This blog can be useful to you! No more yammering about flowers and how busy I am, yadda yadda. Today, boys and girls, we have a little lesson about bunting. Or bannering, or flappering, or whatever you want to call these things. It's so simple you could probably figure it out, but a little prodding goes a long way toward actual production. In fact, I think those words have similar etymology. Anyway.
I've been seeing this bunting all over the web, and in my usual fashion had the undying urge to create it to the detriment of all other sewing and art-fair readying projects. I guess it just had to get out of my system.
1> Cut yourself a cardboard template. I used a 45 degree angle on my ruler, but you could use a rectangle, star, scallop or just any old shape.
2> Assemble lots of lovely fabrics from your shameful and glorious stash of lovely fabrics
3> Use a rotary cutter (I love the blades with specialty edges) and cut out, oh, I don't know, hundreds of triangles, or hearts or whatever you're flapperizing.
4> Out of a coordinating fabric, make yourself yards upon yards of bias tape. Don't know how? It's so simple.
a) Figure out how wide you want the fabric ribbon to end up being. I chose 1/2 inch in this case. Don't freak, but here comes some math---multiply by 4 then
b) cut however much you need--10 or 15 feet worth should be plenty. In my case I cut 30 feet worth of 2 inch strips (rememeber the math?) I sewed the seams together before ironing.
c) go to the ironing board and fold the sides of the fabric in to meet at the center folding line. AKA fold 1/2 inch in on each side.
d) fold the folded edges together so you now have a 1/2 inch ribbon with no raw edges.
**side note: you can buy this little tool to help you make bias tape, but I'm faster with the basic manual folding
5> Take your shapies out and tuck the top edge into the fold of the bias tape you just made.
6> Sew endless zig-zag or other decorative stitches down the length of the bias, tucking in your shapies as you go along. No pinning or basting or other non-sense. And since you're leaving the edges raw, it doesn't have to be perfect. It will do just fine when hanging from your picnic table or over the birthday cake, or wherever you choose to festivigate.
Disclaimer: I'm rilly rilly tired right now, and must apologize for all the made up words and other non-sense. Hope you enjoy the little tutorial!