DIY Fabric Scrap Bunting

Making your own Bunting adds a unique touch to a birthday party or other special occasion. You can even get your kids involved in this project from Ann who is visiting us from Little Worlds Big Adventures. 

DIY Fabric Scrap Bunting

Make it Yourself Today: Easy DIY Fabric Scrap Mini Bunting

Everybody loves a good bunting, right? They are cute, festive and brighten up any room. They are also very easy to make, even if you don’t know how to sew. (Yay!)

Today I want to show you how I make sweet and simple little buntings from my ever growing pile of fabric scraps.

You’ll love this little activity because it’s quick and easy and you’ll end up with this beautiful mini bunting you can use for any occasion.

Getting Started

Materials

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You’ll need fabric, embroidery floss, a needle (with a large eye) and fabric scissors.

I usually work with cotton. In theory you can use any kind of fabric but in reality you’ll want to keep a few things in mind for this project.

Since we’re going to use a single piece of fabric and won’t be sewing any edges together, we don’t want the fabric to fray or curl up on us. You can have a look at the raw edges of the fabric you want to use and you’ll immediately know. A little bit of fraying is ok, and very natural, but we’ll need to be able to make four little stitches near the top end without the fabric coming apart.

DIY Fabric Scrap Bunting

Let me walk you through:

The first thing I did was picking out my colour scheme. Since I hoard collect fabric and have issues getting rid of leftovers, I have a significant pile of fabric scraps.

In case you your fabric scrap basket is non-existent, looking rather empty or is not offering you a lot of choice: by all means go and do some shopping! (Keep an eye out for ‘fat quarters’ that are on sale.)

Once I had my fabric sorted, I ironed it all. Yes, it’s unfortunately quite essential to iron your fabric. Then I cut out my first pattern. I chose a flag type of shape. You can obviously do whatever you want or would suit your style.

You can draw the pattern on a piece of cardboard if you want or just cut it freestyle like I did. I used my first shape as a guide for cutting out the rest. And occasionally I cut a few pieces a bit different just for quirkiness’ sake.

Then I started threading the pieces of fabric. I made two little stitches at the top end of the fabric pieces, as you can see in the image below. And just kept going until I thought the bunting was long enough.At both ends I made a little loop so it would be easy to hang up, and give the mini bunting a nicer finish.

 DIY Fabric Scrap Bunting
DIY Fabric Scrap Bunting

 Make it Together

You may or may not know that I have a 4 year old daughter who is my loudest cheerleader. She is very keen to get involved in every Little Worlds project, however big or small. Those of you who’ve read my blog will know that I’m a huge fan of inviting children to participate in our projects. They learn so much from watching us go through our creative process (especially if it’s a simple one!), they pick up skills from having at go at working with different materials and most of all they bask in the quality time spent with a parent.

So while I was figuring out the best way to make a cute little bunting from my fabric scraps, this little 4 year old sat next to me, telling me all about her favourite colours. She persuaded me to use more pink, cut a few pieces out herself and had a go at hand stitching. The bunting is now her bunting and is hanging proudly in her room.

Never underestimate your little ones. Give it a go if you haven’t already, include them in what you’re doing and see how it goes … I feel I should add that, when working with children, sometimes it’s good to keep in mind that it’s more about the journey than it is about the destination!

DIY Fabric Scrap Bunting

Celebrate with DIY Fabric Scrap Bunting

A party isn’t a party until someone hangs up the bunting. Now you’ll be prepared for any occasion and will be able to whip up a sweet and simple colour coordinated bunting in no time. Above anything else, I hope you’ll enjoy making something unique by hand to celebrate the milestones in your family. Times goes by so fast and I think it’s important to make those precious family moments memorable.
DIY Fabric Scrap Bunting 
 And of course a very happy first blog anniversary to Crafty Kids at Home: here’s to many more years of sharing your creative craftiness with parents, caregivers and teachers all over the world. Hip, hip hooray!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope to e-see you again another time!

Ann is a former OT and SAHM of three little ones. She writes at Little Worlds Big Adventures where she shares ideas, activities and diy projects that encourage imaginative play. Ann is slightly obsessed with creating small worlds and is the author of the popular Beginner’s Guide to Small World Play, a great free bite sized resource for both parents/caregivers and teachers. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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