Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Fabric Stash Buster Bunting

Make a dent in your fabric stash by making a garland of pretty bunting.
Easy to sew bunting
I confess - I am a fabric hoarder.
I don't buy lots of fabric (though I DO find it hard to resist a pretty stack of fat quarters) instead I tend to buy large sized items in Charity shops and chop them up. I also inherited a couple of bin bags full of fabric from my mum & nan: old clothes, half made items, left over bits from things they had made and all too good to waste.
Bunting made from scraps of fabric
My biggest issue however is my unwavering inability to throw away those small scraps that you inevitably get left with when sewing something. Odd shapes, long strips  - you know the bits I mean! They just seem way too useful to throw out, surely I will use them for some fabulous patchwork project one day.
Last year I set about making a conscious effort to actually use those bits. I made a load of Pocket Pack Tissue Holders but that made only a small dent in the stash. New Year : New me. Let's try again.
Bunting made from scraps of fabric
For a birthday gift I made this scrap fabric bunting. It's quick and easy, I cut out and made this in an evening.
Bunting made from scraps of fabric
To make your own scrap fabric bunting you will need:
Scraps of fabric
scrap card to make a template
scissors (for paper and fabric, don't be using your good fabric scissors for card now will you!)
Bias Binding
Thread
Sewing Machine

I made 25 bunting flags and my bunting measures about 4.5m/5 yards when finished. You can make as many as you like and your bunting can be as long or short as you wish.

First cut out a triangle template from card. Mine is 10.5cm/6" x 19cm/7.5"

Iron your fabric scraps if they have been all scrunched up in a box or bag somewhere, maybe even wash them first if they smell a bit musty!

Using your template cut out triangles from your fabric scraps. It is worth checking the grain and cutting them all the same way. I may have snuck just one or two triangles in there that were cut at an angle, just because that was the only way they'd fit but mostly I was good and the grain line followed straight down the centre of the triangle.
I cut 50 triangles in all, to make 25 flags.

Place any 2 triangles right sides together and stitch along the 2 long sides.
Continue for all the triangles.

Trim the narrow point as shown below, close but not too close:

Then turn the flag right side out and press.

Trim the little sticky out bits.
Now lay the flags out on the floor in a pleasing arrangement. I didn't worry too much but just didn't want two flags the same next to each other. Flip the over just to make sure the arrangement works on both sides then stack them up in order.

I used odd lengths of bias binding that I had left over from other projects. You could use one long length, use ribbon or more long thin fabric scraps.

Fold the bias binding in half and begin stitching it together. Stitch for about 53cm/21" (for hanging the bunting up) then tuck the first flag inside and stitch across the top. 

Just before you get to the end, tuck the next flag in and then continue stitching.
Continue until all the flags are used, joining the next bit of bias binding by overlapping a little as needed.
Finish the bunting with another 53cm/21" of stitched bias binding.
Bunting made from scraps of fabric
Now all that's left to do is to feel a little bit pleased with yourself for making something so pretty from leftovers. It's double sided and washable. Keep it for yourself or give it away. Hang it up inside or outside. Enjoy!
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Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

23 comments:

  1. This is such a great little stash busting project Julia! Such a fun way to use up those scraps we ALL have.
    It has also given me a great idea for a gift for a friend who is pregnant - maybe baby bunting would be nice for decorating her nursery?

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    1. That would be lovely Caroline, you could even offer to add the name to it maybe, once the baby is born.

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  2. I made some of this for the cabin and boy, did it use up scraps! I needed more than I thought but it looked good in the end. Jo x

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    1. It's great isn't it, for those awkward little bits left from cutting out clothes patterns. I still have quite a lot to use up though, I'm sure it grows in the boxes and bags when my back is turned!

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  3. I love this, I'm definitely going to use up some of my stash.

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    1. It eats quite a bit which is good, I still have loads though - I think anyone who sews has a stash of scrappy bits don't they?

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  4. What a great idea to use up some fabric!

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    1. Thanks Roseann, it made a good dent in my fabric scraps stash.

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  5. A great project for using up scrap fabric, Julie. I've spent the day sorting through a very small portion of my scrap fabric - cutting into strips and squares for quilts, as well as pieces for tissue covers. I've had your tutorial ear marked for a while now. I've featured your bunting today.

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    1. Sounds like a very productive day Pam. The tissue covers are so much fun to make, I think you'll enjoy churning a few of them out on a production line!
      Thanks for the feature, your support means a lot.

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  6. I love this idea! What a great way to use up my fabric scraps. Thanks for the idea. Pinned and shared!

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    1. Thanks for sharing Julie, I'm glad you like it.

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  7. Your bunting looks really pretty. Let's hope we have some bunting weather soon.

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    1. Good point, I don't think bunting would do well in the storm weather we've just been having! Summer is coming....

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  8. Love this little bunting project - I featured it on my blog today for the Favorite Things Blog Hop at Vintage Mama's Cottage. Looking forward to seeing what you share at the hop next week! Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

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  9. Julie, this is a wonderful way to use up scrap fabric! I'll have to keep this in mind for all the scraps I've got lying around.

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  10. Love your scrap fabric bunting. It is adorable. Thank you for sharing your adorable bunting at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

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  11. This is such a fun way to use your fabric stash. The bunting looks great! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. I'll be featuring this at today's party. Hope to see you there!

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  12. I love the idea of hanging this up outside. Perfect for a garden setting!

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  13. Very well done tutorial. The material stash can really get a life of its own, it's hard to throw out trims of material because you can often find a little use for them. This banner is a terrific way to use some up. Pinning.

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  14. I adore bunting and must pull out my fabric stash and the sewing machine ! Thank you for sharing with I am Pinnable

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  15. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!!

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