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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First Birthday Smash Cake

First Birthday Smash Cake

First birthdays are always so much fun.  The guest of honor is in that amazing phase between being a baby and moving into toddlerhood.  Their personality is starting to shine.  For mom and dad, it is a gigantic milestone on their parenthood journey.  When it comes to the party, it can difficult to decide if you want to throw a huge party…they only turn 1 once!  Or doing something small…they’ll never remember the party anyway!  I would say that whatever path you choose, have fun with it and don’t forget to take a ton of pictures.

We had so much fun celebrating our youngest’s first birthday!  We recently had a big party to celebrate his baptism so comparatively, his birthday celebration was relatively low key.  However, I couldn’t resist the temptation to make it just a little bit crafty.  I stuck to a few simple projects and am in love with how everything turned out.  After throwing three big parties in a little over a month (The Sleepover, The Baptism Party, and The Hockey Party), I was ready to keep it simple.

Smash Cake

We invited our immediate family and a couple of close friends over to a mid-afternoon party.  To keep things easy, we only served cake, ice cream, and soft drinks.  I made my son an adorable diaper cover and necktie to wear.  The highlight of the party was his Smash Cake.  He looked absolutely adorable, and the Smash Cake was every bit as fun as you would hope for it to be.  I also made a really simple matching fabric bunting that hung as a backdrop for the photos.

If you are planning a fabulous birthday celebration of your own and would like to order a diaper cover, necktie or bunting for that perfect touch, please contact me for a quote.

He wasn’t quite sure what to think about the smash cake.  After all, he had never tasted processed sugar before.

Smash Cake

It didn’t take long for him to decide that it was pretty darn good.  Yay!

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This is REALLY good!

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Time to Smash this Cake!

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There goes the bow!

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My adorable sweet boy in his diaper cover, necktie and covered in his Smash Cake

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Happy 1st Birthday Sweet Boy!

Smash Cake

I hope you have enjoyed this post and all of the cuteness of my little ones 1st birthday!  Be sure to stay connected to all of the great ideas from The Crafty Organized Mom by signing up for updates.  When you do, you’ll also grab a free copy of our Family Meeting Guide + Meeting Printable!

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Photo Credit: Denise Greiner

One Sheet So Many Possibilities!

One Sheet So Many Possibilities!

I have come across several pins for what they call “One Sheet Wonders” or “OSW”.  I’m intrigued!  How can you make so many cards out of one beautiful piece of paper?  It also allows me to feel much less guilty about cutting up some of my pretty Close To My Heart Paper.

So I decided to take the plunge and give it a try.  This post is going to be in a couple of parts because I’m a busy working mama and I can’t seem to sit down long enough to get all of my cards done at once!

Selection of Birthday Cards

They were actually really easy to put together.  One of my secrets to getting them put together so quickly is that I started with some pretty card blanks as a base.  They are relatively inexpensive and come with the envelopes ready to go.

There are a ton of pins out there on Pinterest but after searching a ton of them, this is the one I ended up getting my template from.  I modified

So here are my first two cards.  What do you think?


By the way…I already ended up using both of these!!  Beautiful cards go quickly!

I’ve finally managed to get two more done.  I love how they turned out.  What do you think?

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