Sunday, 10 April 2011

Bunting for beginners

OK team, the sun has been shining this weekend and we only have a couple of weeks before Easter, so now is the time to get into your fabric stash and make some bunting.  If you don't have a stash, I am now going to lead you astray, go to your local fabric shop and ask to look at their fat quarters.  For those of you who have not come across this quilting term before a FQ is a piece of fabric 18 x 22 inches, cost is usually from £2.50 upwards.

And for the third week in a row, I am thrilled to be taking part in Wendy's Handmade Monday - do go and have a look at what the other people from UK Forum are up to... there are some awesome crafters out there.  Go on, take a look (but after you have read the tutorial :) )
What you need:
  • Cutting mat and rotary cutters or a pair of dressmaking shears
  • 3 fat quarters, sewing cotton
  • 4 metres of bias binding, tape or ribbon (this may vary depending on how big a gap you leave between your flags)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • A chopstick!

1. Fold each of the FQs in half so that the fabric is 9" x 22", cut the fabric along the fold line.
2. Using the diagram cut out five pennants from each piece of fabric.  Save the scraps, as we are going to be making an applique cushion in a couple of weeks time.
3. Place the triangle template on the fabric.
4. Lift the pattern piece away from your ruler, cut the piece with your rotary cutter.  You will notice that the top of the triangle on my flags is blunt... that is because you do not sew right to the tip and this means I can squeeze a little more fabric into my flag.
5. Decide which order you want your bunting to follow.
6. Placing right sides together, stitch together the sides using a 1/2 inch seam allowance but leave the bottom open.
7. When you have completed all the triangles, trim the excess fabric away and turn the triangle inside out. 

8. Use the end of the chopstick to ensure that you get a nice pointy end to your pennant.
9. You will see a small excess triangle has appeared on both sides at the bottom, cut it off.  Now press each of the triangles.
10. Fold your tape in half and pin the triangles to the tape - spacing is down to you, some people like to place the pennants side by side but I like to space them out so that there is the space of a triangle between each pennant. 
11. I usually leave about a foot on each end of the bunting so that I am able to tie it round bed posts, trees etc.
12. Sew down your tape - you don't have to use just running stitch you can have a bit of fun and use contrasting colour and use one of the fancy embroidery stitches on your machine that you have not found a use for yet.
13. Remember you can vary the size of your bunting, I like to use smaller bunting in nurseries and bedrooms, and larger flags outdoors.  

You might want to applique letters onto the bunting - I normally google for a good alphabet font to use but Skip to my Lou has a great alphabet to get you started -  Alphabet font

So there you have it, your bunting.  Get it out there for Easter and the Royal Wedding.

As an added incentive and as I am almost up to 2,000 page views, when I hit this figure I am going to pull a name of one of my followers out of a hat and make that person 10’ of bunting. They will get to choose colour, fabric pattern etc and whether it is for internal or external use. And I promise to try to get it to you in time for the royal wedding.
Good luck everyone!

PS - Would you find it helpful if I said how long the various project take?


Paige said...

Very cute bunting. I make mine in a scallop, half-circle shape but maybe I'll try triangles! Found you on Ravelry. I'm paperstarfish.

Ros Made Me said...

Hi Paige - Have done semi-circles and oblongs with rounded corners but scallops sound really pretty and I guess you do that with a satin stitch and cut round it... Rats, now I will have to try it!

dreamstar said...

Lovely bunting and so popular these days. I keep meaning to make some for myself but never get round to it. I use wooden skewers to push fabric thru but they often snap, never thought about a chopstick!!

cj said...

Great tutorial! The bunting looks very effective :)

Anonymous said...

I love this tutorial! When I actually sew I am quite good (even if I do say so myself!!) and this looks like an easy tutorial to follow so I may just have to give it a go! :)


Yarn Dependent Me said...

So cute!

Carolee Crafts said...

Bunting always makes me smile, something summery and cheery, thank you for sharing

Wendy said...

I adore bunting and this is a fab tutorial. Love the inventive use of chipsticks - I would've used a pair of scissors but I can see chopsticks being much more effective!

Thanks for taking part in HM x

Ali said...

What a great tutorial - really clear photos and explanation & I love your bunting

Ros Made Me said...

I have just had a lovely idea shared with me, one of my colleagues had bunting at her civil ceremony which her partner's mum made. It was made up from her childhood dresses and fabric from her mum's stash. I just think I might be offering a bespoke memories bunting service, what do you reckon?

Goblin Dreams said...

Love this.. it is on my list for when I get a sewing machine again :)

Jaz said...

So cute! I'm awful at sewing, so don't think I'll give it a go myself, but my sister is quite a stitcher so I'll have to show this to her :)

And about the memories bunting, I think it's a lovely idea

Picto said...

It's lovely, I love bunting..... it looks really pretty on the head board.

Jan x

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

I love bunting and last year made metres and metres of it for my brothers wedding!! It looked really lovely in the thenmed wedding colours. While I was on a roll I made bunting to go round our parasols outside and just pinned them to the edge of it. It looked really effective and summery. Great tutorial by the way.
Happy Handmade Monday
Rebecca x

Carole said...

I love bunting - I'm making some crochet bunting right now following Lucy of Attic24's tute.

Kat Shenton said...

Love the tute. I used to hate bunting as a kid... but I don't know what it is, I love the stuff now. Well the good handmade stuff. I hate the cheap stuff that goes out in the summer when the pubs think it brightens the place up. And I now have a reason to keep my chopsticks ;)

Your Friend Susie said...

How very cool! I may drag my sewing machine out. Strangely I have thought of it about 3 times the past week. I know it's been lonely...


thats a really well thought out tutorial - I was intrigued about the chopstick :)

PuppyFly Boutique said...

Lovely! Makes me wish I could work my sewing machine :)

Tanya said...

Lovely, I need to make my sewing machine work and give this a go!

Suzanne said...

Great tutorial, really easy to follow. I wish I could use my sewing machine for more than taking up a hem. Hugs Sue x

Little Harriet said...

oo what a fab tutorial. I'd love to make a bit of bunting :)

Adele said...

Thank you. Great tutorial. will deffo give this a go!