If you’re someone who sews, let me say right off the bat, KUDOS. My experience with sewing is limited to ninth grade Home Ec class. Picture me: braces, velour t-shirt, and eager to shine in the eyes of my teacher. Sitting awkwardly in front of a hot, humming sewing machine, raising my hand for the umpteenth time because my needle got snagged up again. Now picture Mrs Webber looking exasperated because she already showed me how to fix it…umpteen times. Needless to say, I’ve never fancied myself a seamstress. When I came across From Faye‘s tutorial for no-sew bunting, I was excited to try it for myself.
You will need:
- 3 coordinating cotton fabrics, 0.5 metre each
- 2.5 metres of ribbon, twine or rope
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Fabric scissors
- Triangle pattern (my free printable pattern: BuntingPattern_TheIdeaManuel)
- Stitch Witchery or other fusible bonding web
- Iron and ironing board
- Damp cloth
- Iron-on embellishments (optional)
I find that 100% cotton works pretty well for this project. The jute rope I used was a steal at Dollarama: 4 metres for $1.25.
Trace and Cut
The pattern I used for my bunting is 5.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches. If you prefer a different size, it’s super easy to draw your own pattern or find one online. Since my bunting is double-sided, I traced the pattern twice, forming diamond shapes, and cut out the pennants with fabric scissors.
Line it Up
Lay your length of rope or string straight across the table and position each pennant where you’d like it to go. I found that 1.5 inches of space between pennants was about right, but it’s up to your personal preference. I left several inches of extra rope on each end. Drape each pennant over top of the rope, matching up the sides. Using a glue gun, place a thin line of glue to secure the fabric to the rope, holding it in place for a few seconds.
“Stitch” it Together
I’d like to shake the hand of the person who invented fusible bonding web. Using Stitch Witchery is as easy as sandwiching it between the layers of fabric, covering it with a damp cloth, and blasting it with the iron on the wool setting. The Stitch Witchery does double duty here – not only does it bond the fabric together, it creates a finished edge that prevents fraying.
Make it Fancy
When it was all said and done, I felt like my bunting could use some spicing up. I decided to add iron-on letters to spell out my son’s name since it’s going in his bedroom. I picked up these embroidered letters at Michaels. They’re a bit pricey at $2.50 each, but my kid’s name is short! I like how the black on white makes the letters stand out.
And voila! This project came together really quickly once I figured out the sizing and spacing of the pennants. I had planned to hang the bunting over the closet but it was looking cramped. I like it much better on this wall.
And here’s the man himself, deciding whether he approves of this amendment to his sleeping quarters: