A special baby needs a special present – here’s an idea for a personalised and unusual gift which will be useful for years.

This card hanger can string along a wall, or over a door, and because an alphabet is included, you can add any name you want.

Each square unit can also hold a card, which tucks into the triangular pockets – ideal to celebrate baby’s arrival, or for birthday cards in years to come.:

It’s easy to make, and would be suitable for someone without a lot of experience, as the 18 page pattern includes plenty of diagrams and detailed instructions. You can make it in any colours to suit your preferences or the baby’s room – bright primary colours or softer pastels. It’s made using “quilt-as-you-go” techniques, so the assembly is quick and neat.

An alphabet is included, with letters of the right shape and size to fit into the centre square. I have carefully chosen a font which doesn’t have lots of awkward pointy bits!

You just need to make a separate unit for each letter in the child’s name. The letters are first applied using double-sided fusible web (e.g. Bondaweb), and then (if you wish), satin stitched all round to make it more attractive and durable.

Each letter is traced (after being reversed if it’s not symmetrical) onto the paper side of the Bondaweb, which is then ironed onto the back of the fabric.

Then it is cut out and ironed onto the fabric for the centre square.

A narrow satin stitch all round gives a classy finish, and will make it last for years.

I used a matching red thread, but once you have mastered getting neat corners and smooth curves with the guidance in the pattern, you could use a contrasting or variegated thread to give extra “zing”.

I like to use fusible wadding for this project, which means that you can just iron the layers together – but you could use any ordinary scraps of wadding.

The backing fabric is ironed onto the reverse side of the wadding, and the appliqued letter ironed onto the centre of the front.

Strips of fabric are cut for the next round – I used yellow here:

These strips are added using the “stitch and flip” method – first two short ones, and then two long ones.

As the strip is flipped out, it sticks to the fusible wadding, which keeps it nicely in place.

Although this looks like a wide yellow border now, most of this will be covered by the triangular pockets in the next round, leaving only a small area showing.

The triangle pockets to hold the cards are made by folding squares in half.

Four of these are arranged around the centre:

Finally, the double fold binding is added. I like to use striped fabric for this, as I think it makes an effective finish.

This again is added by “stitch and flip” through all the layers – first two shorter strips, and then two longer ones.

The binding is turned over to the back, and slip stitched down on three sides.

Before the fourth side is stitched down, a cord or ribbon is trapped inside it, so that the bunting can hang from this.

 

You can find the pattern for this Birthday Bunting in my Shop – Carolyn Gibbs Quilts.

There are two ways of arranging the separate units – you can either string them across a wall horizontally as shown in the picture at the top, or vertically to hang over a door – this picture shows the similar Christmas Bunting pattern which is also available in my Shop.

More details including a short video of how the card hanger is used, can be found on this page of my website

Soon, a longer video will be added there, showing the card hanger being made in step-by-step detail.

If you enjoy making this pattern, and would like to tackle something a little more challenging, why not try the Multisize Bunting pattern which is based on pineapple log cabin, and can hold cards of different sizes?

All three of these patterns are on special offer until the end of June 2018, to coincide with our special baby feature.

I do hope that you will enjoy making this attractive and unusual project.

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