Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bunting Tutorial

This blog post is written by Reesha Almeida Coutinho, Craft Land sewing instructor and owner of Prêt à Papier, Custom Printables and Event Stationery.

Let me take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself to you. Ever since I can remember I have been interested in all kinds of artistic and creative activities, whether it be painting, sewing, crafting or interior design. I am very fortunate to be able to make my hobby my career. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Visual Communication from the Goa College of Art, and that has helped me gain a wider knowledge of the principles of design, colour, textures and form. These are principles I now use almost instinctively in any creative work I do.

I recently joined the Craft Land team of teachers as a sewing, quilting, machine embroidery teacher and designer. I have been obsessed with Craft Land ever since it first opened in Dubai. You can only imagine my excitement when I was offered a position as a teacher and designer here. Craft Land hosts a number of classes, workshops and clubs to help the residents of UAE develop their creative side. The store also offers a plethora of sewing and crafting supplies that inspire creative minds on a daily basis.

When I wanted to redecorate my daughters room which is also my craft room, I didnt have to look very far for inspiration.

I was instantly drawn to the new range of Lecien Fabric that we carry at Craft Land. These are lovely 100% pure Japanese cotton which seemed perfect for my vintage chic aqua & red themed vision. I chose some  florals combined with polka dots, which allowed the scheme to be girly and playful whilst not being too childish at the same time.

For my first blog post, I would like to share with you a tutorial to make a fabric bunting. It transformed the room and added that special whimsical touch.  I made 4 buntings with with 4 triangular shapes each and hung them over each large window in the room.

To make 4 bunting strings with 4 different patterned triangles on each

1/4  metres of fabric from 4 different co-ordinating fabrics
5 metres of bias binding tape
4 metres of Rick rack tape
A rotary cutter(optional)
A ruler
A tape measure
Sewing thread
The bunting template (Download here)

1.Download and print the bunting template according to instructions on the printable. Cut it out along the outside dotted line.

2. Fold one of your fabrics right sides together along the long sides. Place the template on top of the folded fabric.

Cutting the template

3. Using the template as a guide, cut out the triangles by placing the template opposite to each other every time, to use up the fabrics in the most economical way. Cut up all the triangles in this way. You should have 32 triangles.

4. Take two of the triangles from the same fabric and place them with the right rides facing each other. Sew down the two long sides of the triangles with a 1/4 inch seam. Leave the top open. Snip off the corner. Do this for all your triangles.

5.Turn all your triangles right side out. Iron them so that they are flat and snip off the excess fabric at the opening.

6.Cut out your bias binding strips into 4 pieces each 1.5m long.

7. Pin your first triangle 25cm away from one end of your bias strip. You should be able to fold your bias binding in half lengthwise so that you have a neat strip with no raw edges showing

8.The raw edge of the top of the triangle needs to be encased within the center fold of the bias binding tape.

9. Pin in place, repeat by attaching the rest of your triangles equally spaced along the length of your bias binding strip. You should leave about 25cm of bias binding free after attaching the 4th triangle.

Placing the triangles 

 10. Choose a thread that matches with your bias binding and top stitch down the entire length of the bias binding making sure the triangles are caught neatly within the stitches.

 11. All your triangles will now be attached to the length of the bias binding strip.

10. Measure and cut 4 pieces of rick rack tape into 1mm pieces.

11. Place the rick rack at the point where the first triangle starts. Fold the end in, and pin in place over the bias binding tape. Pin all along the length of the bias binding strip along the tops of the triangles.
The rick rack should end after the last triangle. Fold in the end. Machine stitch carefully to attach the rick rack to the bunting.

12. You now have 1 complete bunting, with 25cm free on each side of the triangle,s that you can use to hang your bunting. Repeat the above steps to make 3 more. Hang over your curtain rods and voila! Stand back and enjoy!

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