Valentine’s Bunting

by ilene on February 11, 2012 · 4 comments

in holidays, sewing, tutorial, valentines day

{This post is a part of Frugal February, a month-long series where I am challenging myself to not spend any money on projects. I will be using supplies I already have, upcycling old materials and finishing abandoned projects. The hubby is rejoicing. Note: this does not apply to recipes and food posts, since I have to eat anyways!}

I’m jumping on the bunting bandwagon!!  I love the look of bunting!   A string of flags dresses up any room in a fun, whimsical way.  You know what other bandwagon I am jumping on? The Jeremy Lin bandwagon!  I love this kid!!  I remember watching him play at Harvard and the guy can DUNK!!  I’m so thrilled he is doing so well in the NBA and everyone else is noticing how talented and humble he is.  Finally, a positive Asian male role model in the media! It’s Linsanity!

Bunting is a great way to use up scrap fabric so you don’t need to spend any money on this project.  You can make bunting in all sorts of sizes and lengths and the flags don’t have to be triangular either.  I’ve seen cute bunting with semi-circle or square flags, too.  These flags were made out of leftover pink fabric and 9 feet of double folded bias tape that I had bought for another project that I never got around to:

I wanted to make my bunting double-sided so that it’ll look good when I hang it anywhere which meant that I had to use 2 layers of fabric for each triangle.   The easiest way to get 2 pieces of triangular fabric to line up perfectly is to layer 2 pieces of fabric right sides together and cut them out together and sew together.  I made an isosceles triangle template out of card stock and marked each triangle out on the top layer of fabric and then cut out using a rotary cutter:

Then sew 2 sides of each pair of triangles together. It’s faster if you don’t bother to cut the thread in between each triangle, just sew them all at once and cut them apart later:

For each triangle sew a “V” along 2 sides of the triangle, then snip off the bottom tip for easy turn out:

Turn the triangles right side out and iron flat.  Then attach each triangle into the fold of the bias tape:

Hang up and enjoy!!

The pink color is perfect for Valentine’s Day but I also figured I can reuse the bunting for baby showers and bridal showers.  If we ever have a daughter one day, I can hang it up in her room, too!

By the way, how beautiful is my sister’s picture frame gallery? Swoon! She got all these beautiful picture frames at flea markets and spray painted them antique white.  Her house is gorgeous!!

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1 Lisa Johnson February 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Great tutorial. You should put it on really good looking flags. Good to make for birthday parties and decorations to celebrate.

2 whollykao February 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

your sister’s frame wall is awesome! am jealous she found all those frames at flea markets!

3 Chow Bella February 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Just gorgeous!! Irene’s house is beautiful, too!

4 I'm Feelin' Crafty February 13, 2012 at 1:36 am

This is very nice! I’ve made buntings before, but didn’t actually take the time on them that you did! I was going to do a frame wall like this one at our beach house last year, but it didn’t happen… This year!! I love your sisters wall with the shells!

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