Easy DIY Fabric Bunting

Easy DIY Fabric Bunting

I’ve developed a small obsession with fabric buntings lately.  You may also know them as a fabric banner.  They are really inexpensive, so simple to make, and seem to add just the right touch to any party or special occasion.  I recently used them at my son’s baptism party and my son’s first birthday party.  I’ve had several requests to either buy one or directions to make it yourself so I thought I would share the step-by-step simple directions with you so you can make your very own fabric bunting for your next party or special occasion.  If you’d prefer to have one made for you, please contact us and send us your request.

Supplies

(Directions are for 2 – Eight pennant fabric buntings.  Adjust your supplies up or down based on your desired length)

  • 3 Coordinating Fabrics: Either Fat Quarters or 1/4 yard cuts will work.  Prewash all fabric.
  • 1 Coordinating Spool of 1″ Ribbon
  • Paper Template (see directions below)
  • Rotary Cutter and Cutting Surface (alternatively fabric scissors will work but will take you a lot longer)
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Machine with Coordinating Thread
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Spray Starch (optional but recommended)

Paper Template

Fabric Bunting Template

The paper template is really easy to make.  Start with an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock (printer paper will work if you don’t’ have cardstock, but won’t stand up as well.

  1. Draw a 6″ line across the top
  2. Measure 3″ to the center and draw an 8″ line down forming a “T”
  3. Draw a line from either side of the top line to the middle bottom line.  These lines should be approx. 8 3/4″
  4. Cut out your template

Step-By-Step Directions

Ironing:

  1. Fabric: Iron each cut of fabric.  Fold in 1/2 the long way – right sides out.  Spray with starch and iron again.
  2. Ribbon: Fold the ribbon in 1/2 and iron a fold in the ribbon.

Fabric Bunting Ribbon

Cutting

  1. Lay out your first fabric on your rotary cutting mat – Remember that it should already be ironed in half
  2. Trim the open end so that the fabric is exactly 8″
  3. Lay your pattern on the left edge of the fabricEasy DIY Fabric Bunting
  4. Cut each edge of your first triangle.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  5. Flip your pattern to cut an upside down triangle with your next cut.
  6. Continue alternating cuts until you have cut all the way across the fabric.  You will end up with two cuts of fabric back to back with right sides facing out.  Leave each set together.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  7. Repeat for each selection of fabric

Sewing:

  1. Take your first triangle set (two pieces of fabric wrong sides together) and sew down the right side of the triangle and up the left side of the triangle.  You will leave the top unsewn for now.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  2. Continue to do this for each triangle set you have cut.  It’s easier to “chain sew” these, meaning to just keep sewing from one triangle to the next.  Just leave a few stitches in between each triangle.  I decided to sew mine in the order I wanted to create the bunting in so I didn’t have to sort it later.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  3. If you chain sewed your pennants, cut them apart.  Make sure they are in the order you will create your bunting.
  4. Grab your ironed ribbon.  Leave a length of ribbon at the beginning of your bunting depending on how much extra length you need to tack/tie it up.  I stapled mine to the fence, so only needed about 2″.  You may need more or less depending on how you want to use it.
  5. Fold the ribbon on the top of your first pennant.  Sew with a zig zag stitch sewing the pennant into the ribbon.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  6. Repeat until you have sewn ribbon across all of the tops of your pennants.  You can sew either direction, so choose the one that feels the most natural to you.  I made two buntings so that I could lay they across the top of each other.  Adjust your bunting to fit your individual project.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  7. Finish the ends as you desire.  I lopped the end back on itself and sewed it down.

Easy DIY Fabric Bunting

That’s it!

You now have your own fabric bunting.  This would be perfect for party decor that you could use over and over.  It would also be a perfect project for your child’s room or baby’s nursery.  I would love to see pictures of your beautiful fabric buntings!  Send me your picture at: [email protected] and I may feature a few on this post.

Smash Cake

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Christmas Banner for Cute Christmas Card Display

Christmas Banner for Cute Christmas Card Display

One of my favorite signs of the Christmas season is receiving Christmas cards from many of our friends and neighbors.  I used to just stack up all of the cards, not really knowing where to put them.  A few years ago I decided to hang them up on the wall in our kitchen and a new tradition was born.  Now our kitchen wall transforms into the “Christmas Card Display Wall” each year and lovingly displays all of the cards, pictures, and letters we receive.  This year I decided to make it even more festive by adding this adorable (and really simple!!) Christmas banner.

I used my Cricut Explore and the entire project only took me about 15 – 20 minutes.  I’m going to share my template with you so if you want to make one of these adorable banners for yourself, it couldn’t be easier!

Step 1 – Choose your Paper and Ribbon.

I used three different colors: color 1, color 2, and color 3.  I didn’t measure the ribbon but started with a fairly full spool of my chosen ribbon.

Step 2 – Open and Sign into Cricut Design Space

You can complete this project on an older Cricut if you don’t have the new Cricut Explore.  If this is the case, you will either need to find a cartridge that has a similar Banner (the specific banner I used was from Birthday Bash and the text is from Everyday Fonts), however, feel free to choose something else depending on what you have.  If you are using an older Cricut, cut the banner directly on the machine and jump down to step four.

Step 3 – Open the Christmas Banner Design

I’ve done all of the hard work for you.  You can simply open the design, load your mat and start cutting.  I made my banner fairly small.  Each flag measures 2 1/4″ tall.  You can feel free to adjust the size of the flag to suit your needs.

Layout of Cricut Explore Template

Step 4 – Assemble each Letter of your Banner

This is perhaps the most time-consuming part.  You will need to glue on the border and the letter to each flag.  My absolute favorite glue for projects like this is this one.  It glides on easily and can go over the openings in the letters smoothly.  I could not craft without this glue!  I used this brand new tool that I got for the first time for this project and I loved it!  It’s really inexpensive and was perfect for picking up the letters and holding them down while I glued them.  I usually get glue all over my fingers and was thrilled when I was able to keep them sticky free!

Christmas Banner In Progress

Step 5 – String Banner together with Ribbon

Start with the last letter in each word and thread the ribbon from the back through the right hole, across the front of the flag and then back down the left hole.  Then continue threading the ribbon through the rest of the letters in the word.  You can decide if you want the full “Merry Christmas” to be on one line or to separate it.  I chose to separate mine.  Be sure to leave the ribbon long on each of your ends so you can decide how you want it displayed on your wall.

Thread Ribbon Through Each Flag

Threading Ribbon on Christmas Banner

BONUS STEP: You can add eyelets to each of the holes with a Crop-a-dial.  I didn’t take this step with this banner but it is a really nice touch if you are giving this as a gift or really want to make sure it stands up to years and years of use.

Once it is complete, you can attach it to your wall with a bit of invisible tape and that’s it!  This banner is versatile so you don’t have to limit it to a Christmas card display wall.  You can hang it on your fireplace, dress up your kid’s bedroom or door, decorate your office or cube at work…  The possibilities are endless!

Christmas Banner on Wall

I hope you have enjoyed this quick and fun Merry Christmas Banner tutorial and idea for a Christmas card display wall!  What do you do with your Christmas cards once the holidays are over?  Be sure to check back soon because I’ll be sharing with you the absolutely adorable crafty tradition I started to save all of my Christmas cards.

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Our Fabulous Baptism Party

This past Sunday we were finally able to baptize our youngest son.  We have wanted to get him baptized for quite some time, but my parents wanted to be there, and this was the earliest we could make it work.  They live in North Dakota, and it takes some planning for them to be able to come.  They have been there for the baptisms of both of the older kids so wanted to be here for this one.

Things got wild (and so much fun) when I came across an adorable pin on Pinterest for a baptism party.  And as they like to say, the rest is history.  I decided that there were way too many cute ideas to not have an all-out bash to celebrate this important day.

I’m kicking myself because unfortunately, I ended up running around playing party host too much to get great pictures of everything.  The party did turn out SO cute.  I have some pictures to share but I feel like I’m missing out on a few great pictures of the food.

Backyard Baptism Party

 The Theme

I decided to go with a shabby chic theme. With blues and greens as the primary colors.

Baptism Party Treat Table

The Decor Included:

  • Treat Table (which turned out adorable!  It’s pictured above before the treats were set out)
  • Beautiful Fabric Bunting
  • Personalized Onesie (to wear under his christening gown)
  • Customized Oatmeal Jars
  • Mason Jar Centerpieces
  • A Beyond Cute “Guest Book.”

Baby Onesie for Baptism saing "I was Baptized" today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My son’s godmother was a godsend for the entire party and helped me out with quite a few things in addition to helping me prepare several things before the party including these amazing mason jar centerpieces.  I added a picture of our son to each jar.

Mason Jar Centerpiece with white flowers and baby picture

The day began with Sunday service at our church.  The pastor talked about the sacraments during the sermon and mentioned his baptism.  She also centered the children’s sermon around his baptism as well.  My favorite part is the song they sing after the sacrament of baptism.  It’s like a lullaby that included his name.  I made it without crying up until that point.  It was waterworks after that!

baptism-ceremony

The Menu

After the church service, everyone came over to our house for a fabulous brunch and to celebrate our sweet boy.  My husband (the amazing chef) whipped up a delicious meal.  The Menu was:

  • Breakfast corndogs (this was a huge hit!!)
  • Blueberry bread pudding with a cream cheese topping
  • Mushroom and cheese egg frittata
  • Roasted red potatoes
  • Steel cut oatmeal bar
  • Fresh fruit

Fixings for Steel Cut Oatmeal Bar

We also had OJ, both hot and iced coffee and water.  I had originally wanted to do a mimosa bar but after I considered the cost decided against it.  To my surprise, someone brought Champagne and so we still ended up with mimosas!

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As a guestbook, we asked everyone to make their thumbprint and add their name to an outline of a tree.  This beautiful collective work of all of our guests turned out to be one of my favorite mementos from the party.  It is an amazing keepsake that my son will have for years to come.

We used a white picture frame (you can get a similar idea here), and our son’s godmother drew the outline of a tree and added a Bible verse.  To sign the books, we got a few different ColorBox complementing colors of pigment ink pads and laid out a few archival quality pens.  Each guest made their thumbprint and signed their name.  I am thrilled with how it turned out!

It was such a wonderful day with lots of family and friends and our neighbors.  I hope that you have enjoyed reading about the fabulous baptism party!  I was so happy that we were able to dedicate our son in God’s love.

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