Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Made Some Bunting

I'll admit that last year I didn't even know what bunting was! Then it started popping up all over blogland, on cards, on quilts, on clothing...oh, I know,  it's the flags they hang over the pool to let you know the end is near when you are swimming laps.

It's also the cute banners you hang for decorations at a party or a parade.

There is a big party coming up next month. I'm going to Sewing Summit! It's supposed to be a sewing/blogging conference, but it is so much fun, it's really like a big {SLUMBER} know the kind where you don't sleep.
I'll admit, I am one of the older ones there, but last year I never once felt like a chaperon, but instead felt like one of the cool kids. We all bond over our love of sewing, family, blogging, photography and lots more crafty and fun things.
Back to the bunting...there is a little bunting swap going on and I have been asked to join in the fun. I knew I wanted to make something small and cute so I gathered a charm pack of Salt Air, bought some rick rack and some pre-made binding. 
I used my accuquilt Go cutter to cut 5" circles.

Placed 2 circles right sides together and stitched a 1/4' seam all the way around the circumference.

Then clip the curve all the way around, cut each circle in half, turn carefully and press.

You will now have 2 half-circles with two different sides.
Sew the rick rack to the curved edge of each piece, making sure to sew to opposite sides, so that you feature every fabric.

Sew the 2 packages of pre-made binding pieces together just like you would when making binding from scratch, with a diagonal seam.
Starting about 15" from the end, place one scalloped piece in between the edges of the binding and sew, adding one piece at a time as you go.

I used 20 circles of fabric, which yields 20 scalloped pieces, resulting in a bunting that is  about 11 feet long.

There's one more thing I can check off of my Sewing Summit To-Do list.

Thanks for stopping by,



Cindy said...

Very cute! I look forward to seeing it in person.

Heather D. said...

Simply adorable!

CapitolaQuilter said...

Such a cute variation from the bunting I've seen. I'm right there with you about the trend - Last year I made one for a bridal shower but before that it was all about babies

Shawn Stephenson Schumacher said...

Lovely... I have not seen this swap can anyone join?

Annabella said...

Cute bunting and nice to see it in a different shape. You just reminded me I have a commission for bunting from my Godson's sister. Eek - better get on with it!

Cindy said...

You are adorable. What a great idea!

LuLu said...

That is darling Diane! What a fun swap :-)

Martha said...

♥ So pretty....I love your variation!!! I have been meaning to sew another one, I made 2 triangular ones and this is inspiring me! Thanks!

Katy Cameron said...

Very cute! You have nicer pools that we have here though, they just let you look out for the wall at the end of the lap ;o)

Darcy said...

Cutest bunting ever. You come up with such great stuff!

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

So cute Di! Perfect for SS!

Leanne said...

The bunting is very cute but I am surprised because I have always thought that bunting was an American thing and that was why I didn't really ever see it or know it as a Canadian. Whose thing is it??