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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!
Back to the Spring Bunting though! I first got the inspiration when I saw a beautiful scrappy bunting (I forget where!) and
- Linen works best as it frays nicely, or cotton scraps
- Herringbone Tape or strip of fabric
- 10mm / 3/8″ D-rings
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.
Use a seam-ripper to tease out the outside threads and leave the sides frayed.
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.
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).
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.
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,