Saturday, January 29, 2011

a little bunting

i've been admiring bunting for several months now
and even bought some fabric last fall in hopes of creating my own.
i finally did it!

since i didn't follow a guide, 
i thought i'd make a little tutorial in case you want to try...

materials:
fabric that can be cute into flags
4 yards of bias tape or ribbon
thread
scissors
two index cards
fabric marker
iron & ironing board

directions:
1. select fabrics you like
they don't have to be super matchy 
[i prefer less symmetry & matching]

2. before cutting the fabric, you will need a pattern to trace.
i made mine out of two index cards.
i simply cut them diagonally and taped them together
3. using the pattern created, trace on to fabric 
with disappearing fabric marker

4. cut out all fabric pieces
[i used 18 pieces, but cut about 23 since i didn't know 
how close i'd want them until i laid it out]

5. fold each of the diamond shapes in half
and iron flat, trim edges that don't line up

6. select your thread & sewing stitch for the flags;
use sewing machine to sew into flags
[i used a brown thread & zigzag stitch]

7. find the center of your bias tape or ribbon,
i marked mine with a pin, then pinned the flags to it 
starting ion either side of the center pin & working my way out

8. select your thread & stitch for the bias
[i used a khaki thread to match the bias tape & straight stitch].
use your sewing machine to sew pinned flags on to bias or ribbon
[i pinned each flag on either end into the bias tape]

9. trim thread as needed & iron any stubborn corners
then choose a place to display your bunting

my bunting is now in my office at work!
notice the "renew" pillow on my couch? i won it in a giveaway
from anna joy of  the joy cottage
there's not a lot you can do to disguise cinder block,
but i have hopes for my blank wall [stay tuned...]

what do you think? 
[feel free to leave suggestions for the blank wall too]

i'm linking here:

11 comments:

  1. I love it! Nice work! Cinder block walls are definitely a challenge.

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  2. I love your fabric choices- so cute!

    As for the wall...
    Maybe you could work WITH the cinder block. Get a piece of cork or foam board and cut LOTS of cinder block sized rectangles. Cover those rectangles with fabric. Since the foam board doesn't weigh much, you could just use a small piece of velcro to adhere it to the wall.

    You could use larger pieces if you're trying to disguise the entire wall, but I think you'll have more luck if you embrace the shapes of the cinder blocks and use them as a design element in the room.

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  3. That turned out soooo cute!! I love how happy and cheerful it looks ;)

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  4. Ahh this is what you were making the other day when you tweeted a pic of those pretty materials! Very nice :)

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  5. This is adorable. I understand the cinder block. My office and apartment are both cinder block :(

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  6. I think every cinder block wall deserves some bunting! I think when you spend more time in your work office than you do at home, that office should be loved on just like you would your home. Just lovely.

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  7. That's a great way to cheer up a cinder block wall! Beautiful. :)

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  8. buntings make everything better! and i love yours!!

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  9. Oh, so adorable! I love how it looks, and it's so cheerful & sweet. Hurray!

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