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.

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Must Have Craft Tools

Must Have Craft Tools

There have been times that I’m a little surprised by how impressed people are with the crafty creations I make.  I love making people happy with something handmade and enjoy creating something that impresses them, however often I usually feel that anyone could have made the same thing.  The truth is, that with very few exceptions, you really can make just about anything…if you know the secret!

The great news for all of your reading this post is that I’m going to share my number one crafting secret with you.

Are you ready?

My number one secret for being able to make any craft project is…

Having the right tools!

That’s it.  Think about it, you wouldn’t try to skydive without a parachute, why would you think you could be successful making a project without the right tools to do the job?  Ok, maybe it’s not quite that critical, but for me, there is a short list of tools that I wouldn’t dare take on any craft project without.  If you are ready to start making some beautiful craft projects, I strongly recommend starting out with the following basics in your arsenal.

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Must Have Tools

Here is a list of my “must have” tools that you will find at close reach in my crafting studio and I couldn’t live without.

  1. Paper Trimmer – on the surface this tool seems pretty simple.  However, I find myself using mine all the time!  It is so easy and convenient to trim paper.  It also makes trimming project leftovers easy so I can store them and use them for the next project.  You can even substitute the cutting blade for a scoring blade.  This comes in so handy for putting nice, professional fold lines in cards and other projects.
  2. Needle-nose tweezers – This one may seem a bit out of place.  Previous to finding this tool, I had only ever heard of tweezers as something to pluck hairs.  I received my first one in a toolkit and it has risen to the top of my must-have tools.  It is perfect for picking up small pieces of paper and placing them expertly exactly where I want them.  It is especially useful when said pieces of paper are covered in glue.
  3. Craft Glue – This is my all-time favorite glue hands down.  It was recommended to me about 9 years ago and I have never found a glue that I have loved so much before or since.  I stock up on this glue whenever I find a good deal on it because my crafting pretty much comes to a standstill anytime I run out.
  4. Tape Runner – There are times that I prefer a tape runner over liquid glue.  I don’t have any hard and fast rules for which I use when, however, I always have both on hand.

My Supporting Role Tools

These are the tools that I’ve either recently started using or don’t necessarily come out on every craft project.  However, I still love them and am happy to have them close at hand when the project calls for it.

  1. Adhesive eraser – This handy little tool really helps me clean up projects and make them look more professional.  You use it similar to how you would use any eraser.  Only instead of erasing pencil, you erase errant adhesive from your projects.  It works like magic and helps get rid of anyplace you got a bit too much adhesive.
  2. Pick-up tool – This is a new one for me but I already adore it.  It is really two separate tools in one.  One end has a tacky surface and works like a charm for picking up small pieces of paper.  The other end has a chisel end on it and works great for holding down said paper to apply liquid adhesive to it.  I’ve only used it once so far, however, it was the first time I didn’t get glue all over my fingers when I was trying to hold the paper down to glue it.  I suspect that this tool will quickly move up to my must have list.
  3. Zots – I use these handy little things pretty often.  They are an awesome adhesive when no other adhesive will stick well.  They can also grip on to heavier items when that perfect piece of bling weighs a bit more.
  4. Crop-A-Dile – This tool punches holes of two different sizes and can set eyelets and grommets.  I really like using this when I make tags and instead of just punching a hole, I’ll set in a quick eyelet and as fast as that, I have a beautiful and professional looking tag.

Bonus Must Have

My last recommendation is so much more than a tool, but it is hands down the number one reason I can create so many beautiful projects so this post wouldn’t be complete without me sharing.  The Cricut Explore Air is incredible!  It can cut any design you can think of on any one of 100+ different materials.  It can draw designs, creates score marks to make beautiful cards and boxes, and comes with some powerful software that allows you to design projects wherever you are.  (Hint: Be sure to check out the Cricut Explore on Amazon…the last time I checked, the price was a great deal!)

I hope you have found this list of my must have craft tools valuable.  I would love to hear about your list of must have tools!  If you liked this post, I also hope you will sign up for my mailing list.  Just for signing up, you will get a great family meeting guide and printable.

3 Quick (and really simple) Back to School Cricut Projects

3 Quick (and really simple) Back to School Cricut Projects

School starts for my kiddos tomorrow so nothing like a quick last minute project to send them off in style, right?  This project was extremely easy and makes me feel like SuperMom!


For the first project, I personalized their lunch pails and my son’s backpack.  I used Heat Transfer Vinyl in Red Glitter and in Silver Glitter.  I just cut out my kids names with my Criciut Explore and ironed them on to their lunch pails and the backpack

(word of caution – the material tends to melt easily so press for as little time as possible, use a pressing cloth, and move your iron frequently).

It took minutes and I think it turned out great.  There won’t be any question who’s bags these are!

As a quick safety note – I want to mention that I put my son’s name on the back of his backpack so it will be up against his back while he’s wearing it.  The last thing I would want is some stranger seeing his name on his backpack and using it against him!

The second project was equally quick.  My daughter needed an index card box and I used Cricut Vinyl and cut our her name and a picture of a globe.  I highly recommend using transfer tape to make the process significantly easier.  I’m sure she’ll have the best-dressed box in class.


Hope you enjoyed!!

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