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.


(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


  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


  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


  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!

Smash Cake

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

Smash Cake

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!

Smash Cake

Photo Credit: Denise Greiner

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!


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!


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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