Make Your Own Letter Bunting…
I recently gave my sewing room and sewing desk a much-needed makeover and as part of the make-over, I decided I’d decorate one of the walls with some bunting. I’ve been meaning to make some for a while, so this gave me the perfect excuse.
Bunting seems to be all the rage at the moment, for parties, weddings and as room decorations, I love the stuff.
It is best made out of light weight material, so that it can flap in a breeze if it hung outside. You can just cut triangles out of fabric and attach them to string or binding, but I wanted to make something more substantial, so I made it double layered and add some lettering to decorate it.
I have a huge pile of old clothes and scraps of material, so I had a root around and found enough light weight cotton material, in three different patterns and a piece of plain contrasting material for the letters (cut from the arm of Sons old school shirt). I also used a length of 2cm wide satin bias binding and some iron-on interfacing to stiffen the letters.
Here is how to make the bunting.
Firstly you need to draw up a pattern for a triangle measuring 18cm across the top, with 16 cm sides (see figure 1). I used some old brown paper.
Cut out two triangles in each of your three fabrics.
Take the front and back pieces for the first triangle and with right sides facing each other, sew down the two sides of the triangle from point A to B and then to C, as shown in figure 2, leaving a 1cm seam allowance.
Turn the triangle inside out and iron.
Repeat this process for the next two triangles.
I found some great printable letters on www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com. Pick the letters you want to use and print them out. Using tracing or grease-proof paper, trace over the letters and cut around them to make a pattern for each of the letters (see Figure 3).
Pin each letter pattern to the contrasting material and cut out, also use this pattern to cut out each of the letters from of a piece of iron-on interfacing.
Iron the interfacing letter to each of your material letter, be careful to get the interfacing the right way round, so you’re not ironing it to your ironing board!
Place your first letter onto the right-side of one of your triangles (with the right-side of your letter facing upwards, interfaced side facing down).
Sew around the edge of the letter using an overlocking stitch, I used a small zig zag stitch (see figure 4).
Sew the remaining letters onto the other two triangles, using the same method.
Measure a piece of bias binding to the length you need, I used 85cm of 2cm wide satin bias binding (you can use plain cotton bias), add about 15-20 cm to the end of the first and last letter for hanging. Cut the bias binding.
Place and pin your triangles (making sure they are in the right order) sandwiching them between the bias binding and sew them in place (see figure 5)
Trim off any cotton threads and hang
I used some little wooden pegs that came as part of the labels on some T-shirts.
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