So I have begun a series I am going to call “All In A Day”. The idea is that once a week (I hope!) I’ll post a How-To with something that I think anyone can do in one day or one afternoon. This week I will kick it off with A Cheerful Bunting!
If you’re like me and you like instant gratification in your art or crafts then this should be right up your alley! I just need the satisfaction of sitting down to create and getting the results or the project completed quickly. Maybe there’s a birthday that you put off making something for until the last second! Or maybe you just need a pick-me-up! That’s what I needed with this project (my very persnickety truck has taken a swan dive into no transmission land!), a little ray of sunshine in my day. So here goes.. my first How-To!
24 Fabric Triangles (3.5″ x 3″)
Sturdy Ribbon (60″ or 5ft. approx.)
Pencil (or Fabric Pencil if you have one!)
Scissors or a Rotary Cutter and Mat
Let me start by saying that I do NOT sew. My mother is a fabulous quilter and I grew up surrounded by piles of fabrics and trips to the local fabric store to hunt through the bins of fat quarters. None of it rubbed off on me, except the appreciation of it’s beauty and a love of fabric!
So cutting these triangles, I simply take fabric remnants and cut what I need from them. In this project I used all cotton and a couple of the pieces had a print on them, so I ended up deciding to double up the triangles back to back so that the print could be seen on both sides of the bunting. But there are no rules here so if you don’t mind the back of the pattern showing then one triangle will be just as good! Double your fabric (right side to right side so that your pencil marks don’t show on the front of the print) and take your ruler and measure out the size triangle you want on a flat surface. I used 3.5″ tall triangles by 3″ wide, but you can choose whatever size you like! I ended up with 6 (or 3 sets of 2) triangles of each color I chose and I used 3 different fabrics. All a sort of warm pumpkin type feel together, am I channeling fall already?!
Next get your ribbon. I used a nice chocolate brown twill ribbon I found in a bargain bin at my craft store. I chose it because it was heavier than most of my other choices and complimented the oranges so well. Any ribbon will work nicely but a thicker one holds up better in the long run. If you know exactly how long your bunting should be based on your triangle size plus the distance between them (mine are spaced about 3/4″ apart along my bunting) then feel free to cut your ribbon in advance leaving plenty of length at each end for the tails (mine are about 12″ or 1ft. long). But honestly I just pull the ribbon off the spool as I go without pre-cutting it so that I can always get the desired symmetry of the tails. No worries then!
Attach your triangles to the ribbon with a simple running stitch. I do this by hand because I prefer the effect, and also because there is no point in lugging out my sewing machine unless I were making a bunch of them at a time. No need to get fancy! I chose a bright orange-red embroidery thread I had on my rack. If you are doubling up your triangles then make sure that they are aligned back to back (or wrong side to wrong side) before you start stitching so that the print will show on both sides of the fabric. I tend to stack up my triangles in the pattern I chose before I start sewing so that I don’t have to think about it as I stitch them on, I just grab from the stack. A random pattern can also work just as well, do whatever makes you happy. ^_^
When you have sewn on all your triangles along the ribbon simply pull a matching length from the beginning of your bunting at the end and snip. I personally chose not to stitch the two triangles together before attaching them to the bunting. I like the frayed or rough edges to show, but that is a matter of taste. Instead I just used a couple of dabs of fabric glue between each triangle to keep them somewhat together but even this is not necessary. Remember; No Rules!
To add a final touch I tied two bows with a complimentary ribbon and stitched them onto the ribbon next to the first and last triangles on my bunting. It was a whim and made the whole thing feel complete. And there you go. If you are like me and you DO NOT sew then this might take you an afternoon at a very leisurely pace. If you’re a pro then I know you can bang one of these out in an hour or less! Hang them anywhere and bring a smile to your house. Great in a kids room, nursery, or in my case the kitchen! Whimsy always has a way of fitting in.
Hope my first How-To is easy to follow along with! Looking back over my post it seems so.. wordy! But if you have any questions or need some advice feel free to leave it in the comment section and I will always answer. You can also get my attention on Twitter @JessanneS or on my Facebook page: UpStartArt by Jessanne
Take It Easy!