birthday party is complete without some celebratory decorations.In keeping with my desire for Evening’s first
birthday party to be eco-friendly I got busy sewing some bunting to
decorate the house.
is to re-use this bunting for several birthdays, other special days, future pajama
parties, outdoor summer parties, you name it.
mind spending the time to make my bunting to match the vision I had in my mind,
but I do realize that not everyone has the time or desire to do so.So I’ve added in a few “Busy Busy Alternatives”
in this tutorial to suit those people – follow those directions and you’ll have
some lovely bunting in just a few hours.
what you’ll need:
box to make template (or piece of cardboard)
ruler, scissors, fabric marking pen
and thread (Busy
Busy Alternative: craft glue)
of all-natural hemp twine (it should
say ‘all natural’ on label)
or bobby pin
your cereal box and lay it flat.Take up
your ruler and make a straight line near the bottom, 8” long.Using your protractor (that you probably
haven’t even thought of since high school), mark an angle of 65 degrees on each
end of your line, angled toward each other.Use your ruler to mark a straight line following those angles until the
two lines intersect to make a triangle.That sounds complicated, but it isn’t, take a look:
going to be the template for all the triangles on your bunting.
this triangle, you can get three double-sided bunting triangles from one fat
quarter of fabric (as long as the pattern is not one way, then one of your
triangles will be upside down), like this:
matching triangles, andplace them on
top of each other, right sides facing out.Select a seam allowance (I used ¾ “ but it doesn’t matter as long as you
are consistent throughout), and fold the edges under to the middle, matching up
with the other side, and press. Pin and
sew all around with a running stitch, taking special care around the corners
which are a bit trickier to keep tucked under.
Alternative: Select batiks for your bunting; that way there is
no ‘wrong side’ and you can have a double-sided bunting with just one triangle.Rather than sewing the edges together,
use pinking shears to cut your triangles, which looks very funky and will minimize fraying.
triangles you need to complete your bunting depends on the size of room you
want to decorate, as well as how many strands you would like to make.I laid mine out on the floor until I was
certain I had enough for our party room, which worked really well and I
recommend that you try.
my bunting triangles on hemp, because I do love the way it looks, and it lasts
forever.To get this earthy lacey look,
I first braided three long strands of hemp twine, then I braided those strands
together into another braid.It takes
time, but it looks so pretty! Here’s a
few tips for braiding this much twine:
something rigid to attach it to.I
tucked mine into our door lock and just stepped back and plaited away.
need to take a break so keep a barrette or bobby pin in your pocket to hold the
braid until you get back.
much twine can get tangled really fast, so every few plaits, stop and untangle
the twine – trust me, it’s worth it!
keep your sense of humour, it’s very hard to have this much twine flopping
about without your children and pets thinking it’s the greatest game they’ve
Alternative: rather than braiding, simple use a single strand
of tough hemp twine to ‘string’ your bunting triangles.
Once you are finished plaiting the ‘super-braid’
you are ready to stitch your triangles to the hemp.
you begin, find the center of your hemp super-braid (or simple strand) and mark it with your barrette or bobby pin.Count up your triangles.If you have an even number, divide your
triangle into two halves.Start on one
side of the barrette and start to sew on one of those halves, going back and
sewing on the second half afterwards (this ensures the triangles are centered
on the braid).If you have an uneven
number, position the middle triangle in the middle and then do the same.Basically, you’re starting from the middle
and sewing on one side at a time.
I used a
combination of running stitch and ladder stitch to attach the triangle to one
side of the hemp.Because of the nature
of the hemp, the super-braid is a little uneven, which made it impossible to
simply use a ladder stitch without it looking rather terrible.Here’s what the running stitch/ladder stitch
combo looks like up close:
Alternative: tuck the long
end of the triangle around the hemp and seal it there with craft glue.Ta-daa!
approximately 1 ¼” between my triangles, because that’s what I thought looked
best.You may choose to use more, or
less, just be consistent with each triangle so that your bunting looks even
when you are done.
sew, sew (or glue, glue, glue).
recommend a few sturdy craft hooks for hanging your bunting from the ceiling or
wall, and while hemp can handle getting wet it does change the texture, so be
sure to wash your bunting on ‘delicate’ if you have to, and hang it to
done!You’ve made yourself some gorgeous
bunting you can use over and over again!Great job!