Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Mini Bunting Card

Make a fabric stash busting greeting card with a sweet mini bunting message.
Mini Garland Card
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I was lucky enough to win a beautiful book from a fab giveaway over on Cut out and Keep recently.
As soon as it arrived I was itching to try out one of the projects. I needed a special card for someone whose birthday I'd missed (a quick text on the day is one thing, but when you miss the date by a week I think the card needs to be something special to make up for it!) so the Mini Bunting Card idea really caught my eye.
This is a photo of the project in the Banners, Buntings, Garlands and Pennants Book
This is a great idea for fabric stash busting, you can use up the smallest of scraps.
I varied my card just a little bit from the one in the book in a few places, just to use what I already had.
To make a Mini Bunting Card you need:
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Alphabet stamps
  • Some sort of permanent ink
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • A blank card
Cut out triangles of fabric of a size to suit your letter stamps. The book has a template to enlarge on a photocopier but it is just a simple triangle and you can vary the size to fit your letters. I cut mine out with the pinking shears because I thought it would be cute.
How many you need will depend on what message you want to send, but remember to include blank triangles between words and at either end.
Mini Bunting Card

Stamp the letters onto the fabric triangles.
stamping letters for a mini bunting card
This worked so much better than I thought it would. I did choose fabric without too much texture or pattern. Just make sure you remove any fluff before you stamp or your letters will look patchy.
Mini bunting card
Lay out your message, (cut more triangles if you have miscounted!) You can see I didn't stamp on the more patterned triangles but used them as word spaces instead.
Then you just stitch across the top of each triangle with the sewing machine, leaving a long tail at either end. It's quite difficult to photograph as it is long and thin, but you get the idea.
Mini bunting card

Then you just wrap it round the card - write your message inside first! - and attach with a little bit of washi tape.

Mini bunting card

Because the card is left plain when the recipient unwinds their super cute bunting, I added a very quick doodle bunting to the card first. You could spend longer and do something a little bit more spectacular.
Mini bunting card
Once it's all wound round it is a bit of a squeeze to get into the envelope, another time I would maybe trim 1/2 cm or so from the blank card before I started to make it a bit easier.
My gorgeous book prize is Banner, Buntings, Garland & Pennants by Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio, published by Larkcrafts. It's so packed with beautiful projects I really want to make them all! So many varied ideas for different types of bunting and garlands and so many different ways to use them. You can find it on Amazon in the UK here: Banners, Buntings, Garlands & Pennants: 40 Creative Ideas Using Paper, Fabric & More 
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Julie Nyanyo
Julie Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

17 comments:

  1. That's a great little idea, I might rob that one off you 😉

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    1. Go for it! It's a great way to use up some tiny scraps.

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  2. Great minds do indeed think alike. This is a fabulous idea, Julie. I think the bunting would also look great to jazz up brown wrapping paper.

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    1. What a lovely idea, next time the machine is out I might whip up some more!

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  3. What a lovely idea and such a great gift too.

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    1. Hopefully the recipient will want to keep their bunting and hang it up every year from now on!

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  4. COOL!
    I've been wanting to do some bunting [have ALL of the scrappy STUFF] but just haven't had the time to do it! -- I kinda liked those hanging lilies in the pic...
    :-D

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    1. It was super quick (I too plan to make larger, more substantial bunting from my stash one day!)
      The lilies are lovely aren't they- honestly I really do want to make almost everything in this book, SO many pretty ideas!

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  5. How nice to have a bunting you can unwind from the card.

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    1. It's fun and a bit different, I did wrap it round then realise I had to remove it to write inside though! I make these mistakes so you don't have to....

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  6. I got a card like this and still have my mini banner hanging near my desk - so cheerful and fun! Thanks for sharing it at the #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Who doesn't love a bit of bunting in the office eh? It's nice to have something cheerful to look at as you work.

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    1. Ha ha, that's the idea, share the inspiration! I love a handmade card, they feel so special.

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  8. What a cute project. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a CUTE bunting! Who wouldn't be thrilled to open that card?! I love it! Thank you for sharing this project at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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