I was wondering if I would have the energy to make fabric bunting for my Little’s first birthday. I started cruising through Etsy to see if I could find some that I wanted to buy. I found several floral, vintage themed ones I wanted to buy. The more I looked, the more I wanted, the more I knew I had to make some. For the price of two I could make 5 longer banners with larger flags. I was blessed with a friend who brought her bunting by. I immediately hung them in my living room for inspiration. They made me smile every time I looked at them. Thank you friend!
I remembered reading on Joy’s Hope about her vintage sheet supplier. I fell in love with the beautiful vintage floral prints. My Grandmother had several of the sheets listed. Desire got the best of me and I ordered more than I needed to make 5 banners plus a flat floral sheet to use for a table cloth!
After cutting several pieces of paper in different dimensions, mulling it over with my sister, and staring at the bunting hanging in my front window, I finally cut 80 triangles, 9″ tall with a base of 8″. The stack was beautiful and impressive!
Sewing them right side together in pairs went quickly. When it came time to turn them I began to doubt myself. They were not looking right. Should I have sewn them wrong sides together and been done with it like this tutorial? I turned a couple and was frustrated trying to iron them flat. I made sure I was clipping my acute corner correctly. I thought about it for at least a day. Then the answer hit me. I needed something to shove inside my sewn triangles so I could iron them well. I cut a cardboard triangle from a cereal box to use. It worked like a dream. I could press forward with my creation.
I stitched around the edge of my triangles to add a special finished touch.
All the fabric bunting I saw used double fold biased tape, like this one. I’ve always loved grosgrain so I bought some when it was 50% off at Hobby Lobby and used it. I only had enough to finish 4 banners. I might try the biased tape on my last one and see how that looks.
My sister hung the bunting for the party. I wish I had taken pictures of her climbing the tree and up on her husband’s shoulders!
Happy Birthday Little Girl. I can’t believe you are one. We love you!