Monday, June 04, 2007

Festive Bunting Tutorial

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.

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.

Assemble lots of lovely fabrics from your shameful and glorious stash of lovely fabrics

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.

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!

Posted by Beth Howard @ 11:28 PM

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Festivigate may be my new favorite word!!

Posted by Blogger shelleyo @ 8:14 AM #

I just posted a bunting I made for my son's birthday. I love them! Thanks for the bias binding tutorial - I'm always so scared to try it out!

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 3:49 PM #

Don't you need to cut the strips for bias tape diagonally (or on the bias)? I guess for this purpose it would work just as well without the diagonal, but.....

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 9:55 PM #

....I am just being fussy, what I meant to say FIRST is that I LOVE this idea and look forward to using for my daughters birthday party- Thank you very much!

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 10:03 PM #

Oh, yeah. I should have noted that real bias tape is made to be stretchy and go around curves--I just use this as a good way to hide raw edges. Thanks for the pointer!! and for stopping by!

Posted by Blogger Beth Howard @ 11:49 PM #

I love this banner idea! How great for extra scraps of fabric. I wonder it it will bug my boyfriend if I decorate the bedroom this way...

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 11:54 PM #

This is SO pretty- I found your tutorial through sew, mama, sew and am SO glad you wrote it- it will certainly encourage me to make these for my kids rooms. THANKS!

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 4:13 PM #

I too found your blog from sew mama sew and am so happy to have found it. Thanks for the tutorial!

Posted by Blogger Alissa @ Creative With Kids @ 9:38 AM #

I made these this weekend for baby shower decorations! Turned out so cute! Thanks for the guide!

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 9:13 PM #

great project & thanks for the new made up words! Festigate is my new fave too.

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 1:49 AM #

Thankyou so much this is just what I needed! And now I know I've been making bias binding without even knowing what it was! I just make stuff up as I go along, don't know about all these technical terms :)

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Posted by Blogger Kitty @ 11:19 PM #

I am doing this without a sewing you think it would work with fabric glue, maybe folded over twine?

Posted by Blogger prettywithribbons @ 2:51 PM #

Super cute! I've been looking for a tutorial on how to make these. Quick question though, did you make the fabric double so that both sides have the print?

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Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 2:15 AM #

Hello from Germany,
I just sewed the bunting twice for my own kid and also for my stepfather's birthday. I think it came out very well, check my site:
I made it a little more difficult, with sewing the triangular parts together.
Best wishes from Düsseldorf!

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