mini bunting tutorial

Bunting has been around forever. It personalises a child’s room, signifies a special occasion, adds colour to your garden.

Have you ever wanted to have a go yourself? Well here is a handstitched very simple bunting that you can whip up in no time.

You may have bought my calico mini bunting kits here or at one of my markets. If so follow the instructions below and before you know it you will be wanting to do more. If you don’t have a kit you can use odd scraps in your home and cut out 3.5″ triangles and sew them onto twill tape, bias binding, ribbon, ric rac….using the same process.

 

:: step 1

fold your twill tape in half lengthways to find your half way point. Centre your triangle at this mark by pinning it down, folding the top half of the tape over the edge of triangle. Now butt each triangle in either direction so they are evenly spread out along tape allowing for room at each end to tie up.

:: step 2

tie a knot in your perle thread and hide the knot inside the fold of the tape and start straight stitch attaching every triangle to your tape.

 

:: step 3

you are ready to decorate!

yes…you are finished. Now that was simple right?  These little bunting kit ideas came out of my pile of calico stash remains from my teepee fabric. It seemed such a terrible waste to discard it, yet the pile was quickly turning into a giant mound. What to do with all that scrap fabric? Ah ha…something simple and creative for a child or adult to do with no sewing machine. But I digress…decorating…

From here you can add fabric scrap lettering, sew on buttons, sequins or even do your own designs with fabric pastels or pens.

My little bunting turned into a merry christmas. My mum sent me a message telling me she wanted some for her veggie patch with pictures of carrots, beans and pumpkin, to add to her vintage sheet bunting. It helps keep the naughty birdies away. Maybe some might be landing in her Santa sack this Christmas.

If you want to do fabric letters check out step 4 below to see how.

:: step 4

you will need small scraps of colourful fabric, some fusible webbing, an iron and letters, which you can download here for the small 3.5″ bunting and here for the slightly larger 4.5″ bunting kit.

Trace the letters onto the back (the paper side) of your fusible webbing, making sure you space them out enough for ease of cutting. You need to reverse the letters at this stage, this is very important as otherwise you will have back to front fabric letters when you cut them out :)

Place little pieces of fabric over each letter (or just use one whole piece of fabric if you want to keep it simple). The wrong side of the fabric should be against the webbing. Carefully iron the right side of fabric, making sure the fusible webbing doesn’t get onto the base of your iron or else you’ll be in for a sticky mess.

Cut out around each letter and then peel the paper off the fabric. You can now place each letter onto your bunting to create your words.

 

And there you have it your own bunting hand stitched by you.

Clamshell pillow completed…yay!

I am really enjoying doing something I wouldn’t have probably done if I hadn’t taken part in an online course.

Yet here is my first curve project completed, the clamshell pillow. I loved fussy cutting the little outfits on this sweet fabric from Moda. This was week one’s project and as long as you slowly curve the appliqued clamshells and match you edges all goes very smoothly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As for the invisible zipper…well I avoid them at all costs, hence not a dresssmaker! However I decided to tackle it head on and after reading the instructions from Rachel to cut the zipper down I did so. I was super impressed with myself when the invisible zipper did in fact look invisble and was very chuffed with my cleverness until I decided to whizz the zipper along the  teeth to see what it looked like closed…not a good idea when you haven’t finished enclosing the ends. Yep! Zipper handle flew off and I was left with zipped up teeth on pillow in one hand and the zipper handle in the other! Ever tried putting a zipper back on it’s teeth? Pretty near impossible when it’s a dressmaking zipper. So deciding to learn from that silly mistake I decided to tackle it again. I cut down my even longer zipper to required length, went to flatten the sides of the teeth with my iron, which you need to do, and voila! I unzipped my zipper again, to have the two parts separated in both hands! Ahhhhhh could not believe I did it again, where is my brain??? After I stopped laughing at myself at how insanely stupid I was I decided to NOT cut my zipper, sew it in, then cut once properly secure. Success.

Maybe I do need to work with zippers and practice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

online courses…

I am new to all this blogging and what I have found is that when you reach out to others that are just as passionate about their craft as you are, the world suddenly becomes a lot smaller. Even if you don’t have a blog and love to sew try a course or a blogger’s ‘challenge’. Rachel at Stitched in Color is currently running a 5 week course on sewing with curves. A very challenging element to quilting. However, Rachel’s videos and tutorials are simple to follow. She is constantly answering questions through her forum and comments, and it is wonderful seeing each persons interpretation of the projects on offer, the different levels of difficulty and how others have tackled them. All seen through uploads on Stitched in Color’s Flickr stream.

You don’t need a blog to participate. I have learnt that just having a google email account, which is free, allows Rachel to run a private course with ease. So if you have always wanted to share what you do with others online and learn from some very talented people in ‘blogland’, give it a try.

Another option is the many ‘challenges’ that are out there. I am also currently doing a Liberty Scrap Challenge with Nova on a cuppa and a catch up. I adore Liberty fabrics and an excuse to buy some scraps and fat quarters was just too tempting. You may have seen the January challenge and my interpretation on my previous post, ‘Create’. February’s challenge is utterly divine and I am a little bit behind due to a busy month but am about to get my scissors and freezer paper out to make this beautiful bag.

My bundle of Liberty scraps all ready to go….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What courses and challenges are you trying, tried and could recommend to others?

Melissa

x

 

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