With Summer sending us tempting samples of Sunshine, I thought I’d share with you all some Simple Bunting to make for your garden, summerhouse, walls, wherever you fancy really.
All you need is some surplus fabrics and some string/cord/ribbon to attach them to. A pair of scissor and sewing machine or needle and thread to hand stitch.
I’ve used some scrap fabrics I was given in this sample.
You can use whatever fabrics you have laying around.
First I made a paper template using the cover of an old magazine.
If you want to know how I made my template it’s at the end or this post.
Let’s begin the fun part.
I simply lay my paper template onto my fabric and marked around it with a fabric marker pen.
I simply cut out the bunting using my pinking shears.
But it’s perfectly ok to use ordinary scissors.
Or a rotary cutter if you so wish.
Also feel free to cut multiple layers of fabric for a quicker finish.
With the right side of your fabric face down and the cord/ribbon on top.
Simply run your bunting through your sewing machine. I used the three step zig zag stitch, but a basic zig zag stitch will do.
I used my open toed applique foot to do this.
(this is the bit you could stitch by hand if desired)
I left aprox. one and a half inches between each piece.
I didn’t stop and start again between each flag.
I simply continued sewing my zig-zag stitch onto the cord.
A close up of how the stitching looks from the front above
And the back view below.
And there you have it – Happy Bunting.
This is how I made my template.
My fabric was aprox. four and a half inches wide.
So I took that as my top measurement.
I thought seven inches looked a good length for my bunting.
I love working by eye.
I drew a rectangle seven by four and a half inches see below
I made a mark half way along the bottom four and a half inch line.
Then drew a line from the top corner to the bottom middle
And another line from the opposite top corner to the bottom middle
Creating a bunting shape.
I then cut this shape out onto a magazine cover to make a quick and easy template.
Remember, you can make your bunting any size you like.
I’ve enjoyed doing this so much I’m going to make some more up for pressies.
Yours in Stitches, Joy