I’m already looking forward to the part of my day where I write my posts – it’s incredibly therapeutic.
So, here’s an easy little project to do which you can whip up in an hour or two, perfect for these blustery, rainy days we are having.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE BUNTING! I don’t know why – maybe it’s the pleasing triangular shapes or the contrasting pretty material patterns but it makes my heart lift whenever I see it. I’m not alone right? :¬)
So, here is my really simple tutorial:
– You will need some pretty fabrics (this is good for using up scraps), some bias binding (available in any good sewing shop/haberdashery), a sewing machine, some tailors chalk (or a pencil) and scissors
1. Measure, draw (using the chalk/pencil) and cut out a triangle shape from some cardboard – this will be your triangle stencil and you will need to make it slightly bigger than you want your bunting triangles to allow for seams. I like to make two of my triangle sides significantly longer so that they are quite long and droopy.
2. Draw around and cut out triangles from your fabric. You will need two triangles of fabric for every bunting triangle – one for the front and one for the back.
3. Put two fabric triangles together, right sides together (ie. the sides which will show should face inwards), and pin together.
4. Using your sewing machine, sew together the two long sides of the triangle, leaving a 1cm seam, leaving the top edge open.
5. Turn the triangle right side out, using the point of a knitting needle to gently ease the triangle point out if necessary. Continue until you have the required number of triangles and then iron them all flat.
6. Take your bias binding – this is a strip of fabric which is already folded to provide a ready-made seam which won’t fray. You can make your own but it’s easier and cheaper to buy it. Lay it out and pin a bunting triangle so that the top open edge is sandwiched between the two sides of the bias binding as below:
7. Pin all the triangles in this way.
8. Using the sewing machine, sew along the bias binding so that the triangles are sewn into the bias binding.
9. Voila! This is how I display mine:
I’ve only used four different fabrics here but you could use a whole mish mash of different fabrics like this bunting which I made to decorate my room at Uni: