Hello everyone! School goes back next week and as much as I’ve enjoyed the relaxed pace of the Summer holidays, I’m now looking forward to the routine of the school term. Two of our three kids will be in full time school this year and I’m keen to see how the general atmosphere of the household changes by having just one child at home. Hopefully there’ll be lots of spontaneous outings to the beach and the zoo in my future 🙂
Earlier this month I showed you our girls’ shared bedroom and a couple of people asked me about the pretty bunting I made. Big mistake. Huge. For future warning: if you comment about it to me, I will blog about it! So here you have it folks – my super easy no-sew bunting.
Start by rifling through the recycling bin for some cardboard. Draw whatever shape you like on the cardboard (I chose a Swallowtail design). If you want something a little different, try googling “flag shapes” and then waste the next 20 minutes of your life imagining each and every shape as bunting.
Once you’ve chosen a shape and cut a template you can go ahead and trace it all over your fabric scraps. There’s pretty fabric everywhere so get creative – old shirts, tea towels and sheets are just fine for this type of project.
Here’s the key to making it no-sew: cut your bunting flags out using pinking shears. The zigzag edge prevents fraying. (NOTE: I’m typing on my iPhone and it autocorrected “fraying” to “farting”. I’m sorry to say, the zigzag edge will NOT prevent farting.)
You could attach your flags as is, but I wanted the top of the flags to fold over the string. I’ve seen other tutorials measuring and marking for this step but don’t bother. You’re not making bunting for royalty. (At least I hope you’re not. If you are, please excuse the fart comment.) Fold a little bit over with your fingers and iron it flat. It’s that easy. Will the folded tabs all differ slightly because you didn’t measure? Yes. Tell the bunting police where they can shove it if they complain.
(Although the above pic shows the reverse side of the fabric, you can see another of mum’s vintage beauties – the squirrel and acorn fabric. I can already tell I’m going to be the kind of old lady who hoards squirrel fabric for 50 years.)
Next, lay your string/twine/ribbon/rope along the table and position the flags along it, using your hand-width as a spacer. Then hot-glue the folded tabs closed. A word of caution when working with hot glue – you WILL get burned. It doesn’t matter how careful you are, at some point the hot-glue will get you.
(Here I am fighting the kids’ craft projects for an edge of clear space on the table, while the dog contemplates chewing the extension cord my glue gun is plugged into. We are a very professional team here at House of Hollingsworth Blog.)
Now your bunting is finished you can get creative with placement. I hammered nails in the walls to loop the bunting around (don’t worry about nail holes, it’s a future 5 minute putty and paint to fix).
Bunting is such a fun, youthful, celebratory decoration – I love it! Plus, it’s super cheap (I used materials I already had so mine was FREE!) and easy to change when you want a different theme or colour scheme. I’ve included a few of my favourite uses for bunting below 🙂
(This is a fabulous combination of triangular bunting looped from the ceiling and pompom bunting decorating the wall. I love all the colours in this room and those wrought iron beds are so lovely.)
(Outdoor bunting! This is gorgeous. The bunting, the lights, the hydrangeas – doesn’t it make you want to throw an impromptu garden party?)
(The sweet little paper bunting Sarah hung on her giant DIY chalkboard is the perfect touch.)
(I lack any talent for cake decorating but this looks achievable even to me. The adorable miniature bunting would distract people from my less-than-adequate icing skills.)
Thanks for stopping by today! All this talk of bunting is inspiring me to make some more. And for those of you wondering, I should have a bike shed update for you next week 🙂