I bought Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule last year and I loved the projects inside it, highly recommended. One thing I wanted to do was make a bunting flag, not for Aidan’s room, but for his birthday party. The bunting could be used for ‘all’ my kids’ birthdays and even for mine and Steve’s, it would become a sort of heirloom and no birthday in our house would be complete without it.
I had plenty of scraps left over from the baby quilt so I got cracking. I liked that the quilt and the bunting would be made of the same fabric, just made it so much more special. I bought some simple white fabric and some iron-on adhesive stuff which made fusing the letters on a breeze. If I remember the name of it I’ll post it on facebook. It made it so much easier, especially when it came to sewing, which I didn’t really need to do after adhering it but did so for looks.
Ok, so maybe my curve lines aren’t magnificent but I think I did a darn good job. I printed out the word I wanted on Word and just drew the letters freehand, copying the style. If you wanted you could print them out the size you wanted and traced them but I couldn’t be bothered.
I bought this really cute table top ironing board from my local op shop for $4 and it’s just perfect. We got rid of our ironing board when we bought the Tobi but I still kept the iron for craft and usually ironed on top of several towels, hardly precise. I like that the table top one is really small and completely out of Aidan’s way… plus it’s a really cute colour.
Once my letters were all out out, adhered and stitched in place, I made a backing for the bunting triangles out of blue polka dot fabric. To make the template I just cut a triangle out of cardboard and sized the letters to fit nicely. Once that was done I turned the sewn flags inside out and ironed the edges flat.
I bought some tan coloured binding and pinned all the flags in place, making sure I’d put all the letters in the right place. It was nice to see it all coming together.
Then, once all pinned in place I sewed it all up. I was getting really excited by this point, I love it when a project is almost complete, it means I’m one step closer to starting another!
Here it is, the finished project, I’m really happy with how it turned out. I decided not to do “Happy Birthday” because I wanted it to be used anytime the family got together, anytime worth celebrating!