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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fall Pennant Bunting

Yes I do realize this is not the first tutorial ever written on these pennant buntings, but everyone's is a little different and what works for some may not work for others. So, since I was making my own for the Fall season for my house, I decided why not write up a tutorial on how easy these are to make!

I bought 4 fat quarters, 1/3 a yard of the chevron fabric and two yards of muslin for the backing. You could use any fabric for the backing but I chose muslin for its nice beige color and because its cheap. Because I wanted this to go across my fireplace mantle I only bought one package of double fold bias tape. You can drape this across a food table, or your yard between trees, use it in a family photo, etc etc... So if you want it longer, buy 2, or 3, packages of bias tape. With the amount of fabric I bought, I ended up having enough fabric to do 3 buntings, except for the backing...I probably would need about 1/2 a yard more of the muslin.



When you unfold all of the fat quarters, they will have strong creased folds in them, and may not be folded perfectly in half.. I ironed all my folds out but kept them folded in half long ways matching up sides so they were even. 


Next you will need to mark your fabric at where you want it cut with marking chalk. I opted to have my marks at 10"and 20" across the top, with an imaginary mark at the 0, and on the bottom, at 5" and 15". 






Then your going to place your straight edge in the upper left corner (see above photo) where the first mark is at "0"...then place it diagonal going from 0 at top down to the 5" mark on the bottom of the fabric. Alternate going then from the 5" mark at bottom of fabric, to the 10" mark at top, then from the 10" mark at top to 15" at bottom and then back up to 20". Use your rotary cutter to cut along the straight edge of each line, producing triangles. I cut my muslin into ten inch pieces height wise, and it was 33" length muslin so I got 4 triangles out of each piece rather than 6 like out of the fat quarters. 






If you used fat quarters like I did you will end up with some triangles that have a fold in the top of them from being on the fold of the fabric, just cut those in half across the fold to produce two more triangles. 

Next you will match up your fabric pieces with your muslin pieces, or whatever fabric you choose for the backing. It's ok if sometimes the muslin and fabric doesnt match up exactly, you are going to concentrate on sewing them together but with the edge of your sewing machine foot up against the edge of the fabric.No need to worry about the muslin hanging out from underneath. It's going to get cut off later. Sew down both sides of the pennant. Leave the top open. 


When you have all of your pieces sewn use your pinking shears to trim close to the edge of the fabric being careful not to clip the stitches. 


Open up your bias tape and place the first pennant inside the fold. I left about 7" on the edge of my bias tape before putting my first pennant in. Slowly sew close to the edge of the tape, catching the pennant inside of it. When you get close to the end of the first pennant, add the second one in. You can choose at this point to butt them up to each other or leave a little space in between. I chose to butt mine up to each other. I highly recommend laying your pennants out first on the floor in a straight line to see how you want your pattern to be and what fabrics you want next to each other. This would also be the time to see if you want them butted up to each other or leave a little space in between each one. With doing it the way I did, with these measurements, I was able to get 10 pennants across my bias tape with a 7" tail on each end. 

And that's it!!! You did it! Such an easy project! Make them for every holiday! Having a party, make one for the party too! Now its time for me to finish up my mantle for the season!
Now who wants to win this bunting? I'm giving one away since I have extra left over..I just need to go pick up another package of bias tape first! Go become a member of my facebook group page and leave me a comment below this blog post that you did! I will draw a winner Tuesday afternoon 10/8/2013! 



52 comments:

angiewh55@yahoo.com said...

omg! that is so awesome! wish my old singer sewing machine was operating ;/

Anonymous said...

I'm a fan! caseyrsullivan@yahoo.com

Megan Anthony said...

Done :) And I'll share this on my page and in my group :)

Brya Rahn said...

Thanks Love this Idea !!!!

Shelly J said...

Love it!

Sent request to join! Thanks!

Cari Fritz said...

This is great <3

Rebecca said...

Fan on Facebook beccabillrydon@yahoo.com

Jenna Pruitt said...

I love this!

Alicia Dansby said...

New fan and love this! Great for Fall:)

GeeDee said...

that's Awsome!

Jenn (Lis) Nolen said...

Love this! It would look great on my mantle :)

Casandra Farlow said...

Done. Need a sewing machine. Doing this kind of stuff by hand is a pain. lol

Emma growden said...

Love these :-)

~LKB said...

I'm a member! :) The bunting is adorbs! :)

Lori said...

am a fan page member (Lori Hansen-Kieta)

~LKB said...

FB name is Debbie Cook St. John. :)

Kathie M said...

I just requested to join your Facebook group. Please enter me into your contest! Thanks!

elliebean78 said...

Already a member. Great job! !

Anonymous said...

Love it..always a fan!!! :)
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Amanda D.

Ashley Hoskins said...

I'm a member :)

Kristin Denton Jackson said...

This would be so awesome. Thank you.

Jessica said...

Love this! I am a fan :) FB NAME is Jessica Pero :) perojessica@yahoo.com

Ashlee Clark Cook said...

Sent a request :) thanks!!

Tylar Marie Klemmer said...

I will certainly be doing this project in the future!!

Gena said...

just sent a request to join! thanks for the chance!

Tylar Marie Klemmer said...

Also a Facebook fan. :)

Anonymous said...

Love it!

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Erin Walsh said...

Done! I love this!! Thank you for the chance!

Anonymous said...

new fan and love what I see so far! thanks, Amy Weir (Phx, AZ) alweir_az(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shanynn Ryan said...

This is gorgeous! I'm a fan!

Anonymous said...

Done! This is so cute!
- Erin Pulley

Care said...

Thanks for the tutorial! :) I'm a fan. :)

Kari Bachor said...

Already a fan! Super cute banner!!

Jackie said...

Just commented with my iPhone... I love that you re so giving! Want to trade an item? I will share and get your name out there! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Cute! Already a fan! ayne wieler

Laura A. said...

Already a fan. Cute pennant.

melle eldridge said...

Sent a request to join!

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Chassidi Johnson said...

I'm a fan! cmj3989@aol.com

sara jane said...

already a member would love to win this

olga v said...

How cool! Love it!

perrym said...

done. great tutorial

perrym said...

done. great tutorial

Sarah said...

Joined!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win! Nicole Rice

Donna O'Neil said...

This is super awesome! It would great on my fireplace.

Erin Smith said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I am so not crafty! I will not go past buttons! Thanks for the chance!

Erin Smith

Linda Milward said...

Cool project
I'm a fan !
ladyasheril@hotmail.com

Crys McKissick said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Those colors would look excellent in my house all year long!

Kings said...

FB friend :)

erin pritchett said...

Thank you for showing this information!! Joining your face book page!

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Samantha said...

My comment didn't post from days ago. Oh well! I am a member!!!