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Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Bunting Obsession Continues

So you all probably know by now that I am obsessed with bunting (also known as pennants, banners, garland). Remember my Christmas wreath? And the Baby Name Banner I made as a baby shower gift? And these lovlies from Future Project Friday?

As I am preparing to sell at some upcoming craft markets, I decided to make my own bunting for my booth. And!

It just makes me so happy, I want to drape my whole house in bunting!

It's super easy to make (I might just make 100 more!). All I did was pick out my fabric, decide how many pennants I'd be using (I used 15 pennants, at 5 1/2" wide x 7" long, spaced 1/2" apart on 3 yards of bias tape). And then decided what order I wanted my fabric.

I cut out my template on poster board (so it was nice and sturdy) and used it to cut out 2 pennants for each fabric (I'll explain why in a minute).

I wanted my bunting to be double-sided in case I was hanging it where you could see both sides, or if it was blowing in the wind you would see "pretty" on both sides. That is why I cut out 2 pennants from each fabric. You can skip this step to make it easier, but I think it makes your bunting more versatile.

I simply placed the 2 pennants, wrong sides together and sewed along the long edges (you don't have to worry about the top since it will be inside the bias tape). You could also use different fabrics for each side to make a two-sided bunting. I left the edges raw because I liked that look, but you could also sew your pennants right sides together and turn them for a "cleaner" look (but what fun is that ;)

Once I had my pennants sewn together, I pinned each one inside my extra-wide, double fold bias tape at 1/2" apart. I left about 9" of slack on each end to allow for pinning or tying of my bunting. Then I just sewed a straight line all the way across.

And voila! A colorful, happy, bunting to brighten up anyone's day.

You could customize these for any decor, holiday, birthday parties, kid's rooms. That's it, I'm off to make some more ☺

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  1. i haven't made one yet, but i love them too! i wish i had a baby's room to put a fun one in!

  2. WOW that is lovely. I wish I was a good seamstress I would try that! Thanks for sharing.

  3. So cute... but might be even over the top cute if you took some pinking shears to those triangles after you sewed them together!!!!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. I want to make one for my (not yet born)grand daughter's room, but I wasn't sure how to get the look I wanted. Yours are so cute and exactly what I want!

    I like the rougher edge!

  5. I hit delete by mistake, but you should make a second one and pink it... one can NEVER make a mistake with pinking!

  6. How festive! Love the fabrics, too.
    Stop by my blog, if you want; I have a giveaway going at the moment..

  7. i am obsessed with bunting as well! i just love it. i am going to make a bunting from oilcloth for my flea market booth this summer/fall.
    great job...super cute!!

  8. Yep, I never grow tired of bunting! It is just too cute and cheerful. Perfect for parties!

  9. adorable! i love your fabric choices!

  10. I also REALLY love bunting, but haven't tried to make one...I'm scared! I've had a sewing machine for a year and haven't even tried to thread it. I think it's about time I get to it. Yours are so cute... and you make it seem so easy!


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