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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cute girly bunting tutorial by Professional bunting maker + 5 pics to LOL at! on: May 10, 2014 05:49:04 AM
 Grin

You can call yourself a professional after you make 10 meters of bunting, right?

Right!

Haha, the other night, and by night I mean midnight (which happens to be when I get all my amazing ideas which will practically take a day to whip up, but end up being ridiculously harder or complex than Id imagined and take weeks if not months) I decided to make something for my friends new baby girl. I had made a quilt for her last baby girl and its posted on the quilt forum, A Chinook Quilt because her father flies Helicopters in the military (I also made a new best friend from that experience in quilt making, but a story for another time)

So living in a new small town, and not having ready access to quilting supplies, I decided to stick with what I had in the cupboard and something not as complex because my free time was not as great as when Id made the quilt.

Bunting! cute, easy and fun. well I guess its cute.





So the reason Im also turning this into a tutorial is the fact that, what I thought would be super easy, actually wasnt, so hopefully I can help shortcut other peoples work! Cheesy

First thing to think about is size Because I certainly didnt! I thought it would be cute to be able to drape it, or double back, or just do whatever. Doing two laps of the room and down the hallway probably isnt what most people need so after looking at how many flags I had cut out and realizing I had more flags than an international convention. I divided the bunting into two 5-meter long strings. I will give one to my friends baby and the other to my adult friend who has moved to Canada from Australia. Being a long way from home, I thought she might like some room decoration.

 Roll Eyes Is bunting just for kids? I dont know, I sit here looking at piles of unsent bunting, and I think its so pretty. So no, I think adults can have some too Wink Well I dont know what my friend will think But if its taboo Im sure she will have kids one day right!

So when you have decided on length, now decide on flag size. My template flag was just be getting a ruler and drawing on a piece of paper a triangle that looked sort of symmetrical, cutting it out and then cutting and cutting, until I think I got my edges all about even. After finishing the bunting I dont know why I didnt just fold a piece of paper in half, measure half the distance of the top of the flag from the fold down. Then put a dot, the distance away from the first line I wanted the length of the flag. Draw the lines up the side, fold it in half again cutting along the two lines and Bobs your uncle. Well I guess I had to be difficult. I now know that my triangle was slightly lopsided and it made it a bit difficult to sew back to back later on My triangle was 12cm along the top by 15 to the tip.



Ok math time, so when you have the size of your triangle, its easy to divide the length of your desired string by the top of your flag and get how many you need to cut. 5 meters by 12 centimeters  = 41 flags. I still shake my head when I realize I made over 80 flags

So in my material stash, I had bundles of colour coded fat quarters, turns out they were perfect! For the size flag I had, I folded the quarter into thirds, then cut through all 3 layers, I could get 6 cuts with my template, which would have 3 pieces each, so 18 triangles all up and then once paired with each other I would get 9 flags of one colour.

Now, start sewing I used black thread, didnt really show, EXCEPT for when I was lazy and left the black strings loose inside a light pink flag, when held up against a window, it showed up all the dark strings inside the flag, so I pulled them out of the light pink and blue flags, the others you couldnt see Wink I gave myself a inch seem (which means the triangle will be smaller than your template remember), I started at the top, and then went straight off at the tip and then started again from the other side, crossing the stitches as I got to the tip again, I didnt bother back sewing.

Once you have piles



Cut the tip off each one, and the lose strings at the top, carefully fold them inside out, I used a cake decorating tool and a pen to push out the tip, because I didnt back sew, be careful when pushing out the tip you dont push too hard or the pen breaks through, return the broken ones to the sewing pile and fix them at the end, I had about 5 all up.



Iron them, and they look like this Smiley The smily face is because, unless you have a long phone call or something to think about, it could possibly be one of the longest most boring jobs ever, and when you are done, you cant help but smile!



For the string/rope I used a matching colour fat quarter, folded it in half and cut one inch strips, then sewed them together end to end and cut close to the seam to tidy the joins (makes it so much easier to iron. Then I quite possibly had the worst job in the world. If you have a bias tape maker, I envy you. I even changed my facebook status to say, If only a Bias binding making machine sales person would come to my door right now! I live in the remote Australian desert in a town with 1000 people, it was never going to happen Sad

So I found the easiest way to do this was to get the iron very hot, lots of steam, and iron the whole length in half lengthways, then go back to the start, and fold the sides into the middle, press down on both with the iron and press the living daylights out of that binding, so it never loses it shape. You will probably have lots of little lose threads that fray from the strips, dont cut them now, just fold them in and iron, and if some still stick out, cut them off the sewing stage, trust me! The iron seems to magically make 90% of them disappear. You think ironing flags in boring Once you have stopped crying and recovered from all the burnt fingers, do another 5 meters like this crazy woman no dont, seriously dont!

So then you have this


Sew about 3- 5 centimeters along the tape you made, no flags yet, and then hook this around on itself and sew in place. This is so you can hang it.



Before you put the flags in, using your cutter and a measuring datum, cut all the edges perfectly straight and all the same length. I would put the tip of the flag on the same spot and when it got to the line, I would chop it. Some flags must have been cut smaller in the first place, they were only a few mil short, and it doesnt show in the final product, so still cut them straight, but try to save as much as you can, all the others were cut down to the line.



Once and only once you have perfectly straight tops, its time to sew Smiley but not before you have decided in which order to sew them. You could go for a pattern, but I went for random selection (in an orderly, not too much of one colour in one spot sort of way). Lay them out of the floor




The two stands before sewing.

Oh Hi Tonka



Now with your coiled tape in your lap, and your flags ready to sew, carefully insert the top of the flag, pull tightly and sew very close to the edge. You could go for contrast thread or zigzag, but I went for a straight stitch in white, which you cant see in the pale pink. If you go contrast, have a full bobbin, or you will have double up and people will see it. Sew slowly until you have the idea and you know your flags are secured. Ironically, after finishing, I was inspecting, and half my first flag wasnt secured. Hmmm back when I was a rookie.





Now, depending on how much you care, there is a front to the bunting and a back. So because some of the fabric had patterns and when you cut it, some are upside down pattern wise, you can be careful and make sure the best side of the flag is showing, or you can not bother and nobody will notice Wink

The sewing machine spews forth goodness!!!





When you are done, make another little loop at the other end, and I sewed a little pink button over the place where I stitch it in place. You think I could find two matching buttons..



Now prance around the house with it! I live alone, so not too worried. Find a place to hang it and then realize, nobody needs 5 meters of bunting. Try different camera angles to make it took pretty.. 



Looks sort of boring what else can I hang it on   

Ahhhhhhh, Hi Tonka


what are you doing?


Seriously


Ok, Im cool with this


Work the camera, yeah!


Hahahaha poor Tonka Cheesy
2  COOKING / Dessert / Checker board rainbow! Would look cool inside a LEGO cake. on: May 05, 2014 06:25:15 AM
 Cheesy

I found the idea on Pinterest and went from there. I just used some cardboard and my sewing measuring tape (because its always on hand haha) to cut out circle templates, stacked them up with some frosting and had to wait till the Birthday party the next day to see the inside.... I think I was more excited than the recipient Cheesy

I wish I had of had more time to make the outside look cool, but as I didn't start till about 9pm and didn't finish till about 12am and I had limited supplies in the cupboard it just got covered in chocolate and some left over jelly beans... Another few hours and more coffee and I think I would have covered it in fondant and done something interesting. Would've Could've should've.

 










3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Who doesn't love Dug from UP :) on: May 05, 2014 06:08:50 AM
My first go at designing my own pattern using some free software I found online and also framing it with a hoop. It took way longer than expected and changed thread colour more times than I could have ever imagined, but I got it done in time for the birthday it was a gift for and I am very happy with it Smiley

The quote is slightly different to the movie to tie in with a personal joke.

Who doesn't love Dug!!!!

4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Throw that cake around! Playable Angry Bird Cake!!!! :) Photo Intensive! on: November 07, 2012 09:44:25 PM
Thank you everybody Smiley was good fun to make, and yes I'm pretty blessed to have sisters to share my crafting with. Good luck when you make your angry bird cakes! Can't wait to see!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Minecraft Cake! on: November 07, 2012 09:41:13 PM
This is awesome! I love seeing games made into cakes. I've always wanted to play this game, and I think I will now I know how good it is as a cake!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lots of new and new-ish projects...... blouses, shorts, trousers, dresses .... on: October 27, 2012 02:04:21 AM
I love your skill! And style Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Finally made my first wearable dress! (for my sister) on: October 27, 2012 01:58:57 AM
Thanks again everybody Smiley So exciting to have so much good feedback from my first completed dress Smiley I will have to find the name of the fabric. If anybody would like it let me know! But if you live in Australia, I got it at Lincraft. I have looked but never seen it at Spotlight. Its super soft and was so nice to work with. I was even lucky that most of the bird wires lined up Wink
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Finally made my first wearable dress! (for my sister) on: October 03, 2012 03:55:40 PM
Thanks so much for all the kind words Smiley I'm so happy with the way it turned out!

I wish I knew the name of the fabric as obviously she made a great choice. But if anybody wants it and lives in Australia, I got it at Lincraft.

If anybody wants the name of it, let me know because its not too far from my house and I could get you the name. Haha maybe I should just go the rest of the roll.
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Throw that cake around! Playable Angry Bird Cake!!!! :) Photo Intensive! on: September 30, 2012 05:27:34 AM
Wow, thanks everybody for the kind words Smiley It was lots of fun to make, destroy and eat! Even if it took a month to finish Wink Oh and MissingWillow, my sis has now has Craftster Smiley hopefully she will start adding her stuff soon. Just can't remember her user name, duh!
10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Throw that cake around! Playable Angry Bird Cake!!!! :) Photo Intensive! on: September 25, 2012 07:19:23 AM
That's a very good point and I don't know why I have never thought of it. I'll be doing just that tomorrow.
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