Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tutorial: (Christmas) Fabric Bunting

A bit outside my comfort zone with this seasonal, crafty, non-garment sewing! But let's roll with it.


Because my apartment has high ceilings, I have a very large blank space above my television that I wanted to fill with something decorative for the holiday. Holiday fabric bunting to the rescue!


My mother has a large stash of Christmas-themed quilting cotton for various reasons (quilting, gift bag making, etc.). She let me raid it and take small pieces of about 20 different prints. With those pieces, I made this fun bunting! 


Here's a quick tutorial on how to sew this bunting. This set is Christmas themed, obviously but the bunting would be a fun project for any holiday, event or just to decorate your sewing room. It uses up small scraps, too, so we can also call it a scrap buster!


BUNTING TUTORIAL

1. To form the two sets of bunting you see in the photos, I used 2 packages of pre-packaged extra wide double fold bias tape, which comes in 3-yard lengths. 3 yards was perfect for my purposes, but you could join the bias tape to get longer lengths as needed. The bias tape is great because it encloses the raw edges of the triangles. Press it before you get started, as it comes out of the package quite creased.

2. Draw yourself a cutting template (or if you're handy with a quilting ruler and rotary cutter, perhaps you don't need a template): I cut my triangles to be about 7" wide across the top and 11" long. I just sorta eyeballed what looked right and that's what I came up with. You could go bigger or smaller, as you like.

3. Cut out pairs of triangles from your chosen fabrics. For my longer bunting, I used 15 sets of triangles, and 11 sets for the shorter. Make sure that you cut any directional fabric, well, in the right direction.


4. Place the two triangles from each pair right sides together, and sew the long edges, using a scant 1/4" seam allowance, pivoting at the point. I recommend chain piecing the triangles here to get this done quickly! 

  

5. Clip the triangles apart and trim the points.


6. Turn the triangles right side out, carefully pushing the points out with your point turner of choice. Press.

7. Find the center of your piece of double-fold bias tape. At the center point, sandwich the raw edge of one triangle in between the two halves of the bias tape, butting the raw edge up against the fold. Pin in place. Repeat for remaining triangles on either side of the center triangle.


8. Edgestitch the bias tape closed over the raw edges of the triangles, sewing from the side of the bias tape that's shorter to make sure you catch the lower/longer edge in your stitching. Be sure to backstitch at both ends.


9. To hang my bunting, I formed loops at the ends, sewed them, and hung the bunting from nails, but you might find a different method suits you better.


10. Done! Enjoy your bunting.


14 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for this! I don't think I have ever thought about how to put one of these together. Now that you have laid it out so plainly I am thinking "of course!". So common sense but oh so cute! And who doesn't have scraps!

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    1. Glad you like it! I had never made one before, but it was fun and fast! I'll definitely make a few non-holiday versions now...

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  2. I've seriously always wanted to make a bunting so I squealed a little when I saw this. Plus, I just got the Cricut Maker which cuts fabric and so I'm thinking some type of bunting is in my immediate future! :-D

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    1. Awesome! Glad it's helpful! I bet the Cricut will make it super quick. I'm definitely planning to make more- I love how it turned out!

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  3. Thanks, Meg! What a good idea for the bag of quilting scraps that I'm hoarding.

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    1. Yes! It's perfect for scrap busting. I am thinking I may use the technique for some Indonesian batik scraps I have.

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  4. I've been thinking about making bunting for my windows - thanks for sharing your step by step. g

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  5. I love how it looks like a big, toothy, festive smile :-)

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  6. CUTE! I made Christmas bunting a couple years ago and it's so fun to pull it out each year! Every year I try to do some Christmas decor sewing - if nothing else, at least some felt ornaments! With the ultimate goal of having my house look like it came out of a 1981 Better Homes and Garden Christmas Crafting magazine! #lifegoals

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    1. Ha ha ha- 1981 BHG! Love it! My Christmas decor is leaning that direction, too, although with a weather, home-made vibe. I stole a bunch of ornaments from when my siblings and I were kids in the late '70s/early '80s- felt ornaments, "Make it and bake it," a inexplicable piece of Melba toast given hair and accessories to look like Mrs. Claus (?), lumpy salt dough ornaments. I love them all!

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  7. THANKS FOR THE GREAT IDEAS. I'm a quilter and as you might imagine have many, MANY fabrics and loads of Christmas, fabrics. Love the idea of buntings and think they could be made is Seasonal colors for lots of occasions. They look (relatively) quick and easy. I would love to make and give them to family and friends.

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    1. Glad you like the idea! It's perfect for using up bits and pieces of fabric, and you can change the size of the triangles to suit your needs! They really are pretty quick. A couple hours to cut and sew.

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