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Tutorial – Spring Bunting

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I can’t help but feel the irony in posting about Spring Bunting on the day that we first get snow! It has been a fabulously snowy day mind, althought the Littlies weren’t too sure about it: it took about thirty minutes to get them all dressed up to go outside, only to have them want to come in after ten minutes because they were too cold!

Scrappy Spring Bunting Tutorial by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Back to the Spring Bunting though! I first got the inspiration when I saw a beautiful scrappy bunting (I forget where!) and having found some linen scraps whilst sorting through my sewing space, it felt like the perfect combination. It would also be a great alternative to my autumnal wreath, which is starting to look a little unseasonal!  



I cut my scraps to various shapes and sizes – squares and rectangles. This might be dictated by the size of your scraps or where you are looking to decorate. I used various measurements such as 3″ x 7″ and 6″ x 4″.

To fit with the shabby chic theme, zig-zag around the two sides and across the bottom edge of each piece of fabric, lining up the edge of the fabric with the edge of the sewing machine foot so that the stitching was slightly back from the edge of the fabric.

Scrappy Spring Bunting Tutorial by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Use a seam-ripper to tease out the outside threads and leave the sides frayed.

Scrappy Spring Bunting Tutorial by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

For speed (I was after a quick finish!) I attached the flags to the Herringbone Tape, but you could easily make your own tape. I had a sort through my thread collection to pick out the perfect colours (I went with lilac and spring green in the end!) to attach my flags to the ribbon.

Scrappy Spring Bunting Tutorial by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Place your herringbone tape down on a flat surface. Space the flags equally apart and pin them in place right side down and set slightly down from the top of the tape (so that when finished the top raw edge will be at the back of the bunting).

Scrappy Spring Bunting Tutorial by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Sew across the top of the tape. I used contrasting threads, zig-zagging through the middle of the tape, and then top-stitching across the top and bottom of the tape.

Scrappy Spring Bunting Tutorial by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

For ease of hanging the bunting, I folded each end of the tape over by 1/4″ and using a button at the front of tape, sewed through all layers before stitching a small D-ring just behind the button so that I could hang the bunting up on a nail. It worked perfectly!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely day – maybe even a snow day?! – and see you soon,   

S x  

Today’s sky ● white! It snowed most of the day!


  1. January 19, 2013 / 10:00 am

    Hi Sonia , what lovely bunting ,it certainly says spring with those fresh zingy colours !
    Thanks for the link and glad to be of help on the inspiration front .x
    Keep warm and cosy and enjoy the snowy scenery by you and Have a lovely weekend . Tracyx

  2. January 19, 2013 / 12:17 pm

    Love the Spring bunting Sonia! Especially those lovely soft frayed edges. And the snow's reflective white gives a beautiful lightness to your pics. Happy snowy weekend! E !

  3. January 20, 2013 / 5:31 pm

    Ironic indeed! I've only had the snow since Friday, and I'm bored with it already. I love your photos, the colours in them are so cheery.

  4. January 21, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    Thanks Tracy, and thanks for popping by ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  5. January 21, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    Ah, thanks E ๐Ÿ™‚ It's amazing how much brighter the world is with snow in it, isn't it?! Hope you had a lovely snowy w/e too x

  6. January 21, 2013 / 10:19 pm

    Thanks Lynne ๐Ÿ™‚ I only like snow when it's freshly fallen and untouched – it's horrible when it gets all dirty and slushy!

  7. Anonymous
    January 24, 2013 / 10:44 am

    So pretty. I think it's difficult to make shabby chic look so neat – elegantly frayed not eaten by a dog! Abigail x

  8. January 25, 2013 / 10:50 pm

    Ah, thanks Abi ๐Ÿ™‚ x