The Sunday Project- Make your own Beautiful Bunting

imageWedding season is upon us, last weekend I enjoyed a wonderful sun filled day of romance at a friends wedding in Crantock and this weekend I have been sunning and funning myself at a friends Hen weekend in North Devon. As one of the bridesmaids I thought I’d head home with the bride to be to help with wedding preparations. In her day job Dr. Debbie works with fossilised snails, but by night she is an works crafty interior magic in her picture postcard Devon cottage. Todays task was making some more bunting to decorate her parents farm on the big day.

As bunting is great for decorating gardens and houses for Summer celebrations of all varieties I have persuaded her to share her bunting making knowledge.

What you’ll need:

– Pretty Fabric (Debbie picked up lots of old bedding from Charity Shops and Flea Markets, but bunting is also excellent for using up scraps of fabric left over from other projects)

– A couple of empty cereal packets folded flat to used to make templates

– Siccors

– A Pencil

– A Ruler

– A Sewing machine with thread (or the patience to do lots of hand stitching and a needle and thread)

– Pins

– An Iro

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What to do:

– To begin, make two templates. The first a triangle with the top edge measuring 22cm and the sides roughly 27cm, this one is for cutting out the triangles of fabric. image

– Next make another template to show the spacing of the triangles along the band. To make this draw around the first triangle and the add a strip to the end measuring an extra 11cm. image

– Draw around your first cardboard template on the underside of your fabric. image

– Cut our your triangles leaving about half to a centimeter of fabric around the outside of the outline. You’ll need two of these for each triangle.image

– Pin two triangles of fabric together with the front side of the fabric facing inwards (you’ll turn these the right way round later on).image

– Sew along the two long sides of your triangle outline.image

– Turn your triangle the right way round so you have the front side of your fabric on display and any messy sides hidden inside your double sided triangle. (Debbie likes to use a knitting needle)image

– Iron flat, so you have neat flat triangle and snip away the little bits of inside seem that poke out. Repeat this triangle making process until you have enough to make your desired length. Every three triangles will give you roughly a metre of or Bunting.image

– Now to make your top band. Cut a very long strip of fabric about 5cm wide (The length of this will depend on how much bunting you want to make, make as much or as little as you want, remembering every three triangles will give you about a meter of bunting). Fold this in half and Iron flat.image

– Take your triangles and top band and assemble your bunting pinning one half of your band to each side of the triangles.image

– Use your second cardboard template to keep the gap between each triangle the same and your bunting looking neat and professional.image

– Next head back to your sewing machine and sew along your band to attach your triangles.image

– Remove the pins and hey presto, you have bunting!image

– Finally hang anywhere to set a beautiful scene for a wedding, garden party or adorn your front fence or wall for a country cottage feel. I can’t wait to see all our hard work at Debbie and Matt’s wedding!
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