Friday, September 28, 2012

Sewing Summit Bunting Tutorial

I have been busy getting ready for Sewing Summit and also working on another project. I wont be blogging as much until I get everything under control but when I do blog I'll try to make it worth your while. 
Who's going to Sewing Summit? This will be my second year and I can't wait! Here is my list of things to do.
  • Bunting for SLCMWG party
  • Template for Katy's English Paper Piecing class
  • Prep for Shapes and Angles class with Faith and Kati:
  • 18 - 5" diameter hexagons (accuquilt go! size) Doing this at the Summit!
  • 18 - 4" 45 degree diamonds
  • 32 - 1.75" x 5.25" rectangles in various colors/prints
  • 8 - 4" x 4" squares in neutral color/print
  • 20 - 4" equilateral triangles (60 degree triangles)
  • Make bag for iPad
  • Make new purse for me
  • Buy fabric for maxi skirt class
  • Prep for Foundation Paper Piecing with Lee and Elizabeth
  • Color A: 8 - 3.5" x 7"
  • Color B: 8 - 4" x 4"
  • Color C: 4 - 4" x 10"
  • Color D: 4 - 4" x 10"
  • 45-50 string scraps, 1" - 2.5" inches wide, and 3" - 10" long
  • Design and order Moo Cards
  • Make a zipper pouch for swap.

Ok I think that's it. Notice I have one item marked off scary! The thing is I have another big list of non Sewing Summit things that I've been making a lot of progress on which is good. I'm not feeling discouraged although sometimes I have a mini freak out but then just keep going. 

I thought I'd share how I made my bunting. I know there are ton of tutorials out there but you never know this might be a good way for you to make it. I had this lovely 6" fat quarter pack of Tula Pink's The Birds and the Bees just waiting for a project.
3 yards of double fold binding 
22 6" squares of fabric
 or if your fabric is not directional you can make 
a template and layout on a 6"strip turning the template upside down to save fabric.

First I took two squares and lined them up right sides together so you will be cutting two at a time. Then I folded them in half and made a crease with my nail, you can mark with a pencil if you prefer. You can barely see the crease mark in the photo but it's easy to see in person. 
Next I lined up my ruler with the 1/4" mark on the crease and at the top the 1/4" mark on the corner. Then cut with your rotary cutter.This allows for your seam and gives you a perfect triangle. Notice the nice triangle scraps from this I think I'll use in my zipper pouch.
I had this on my rotating cutting mat so I turned it around and did the same on the other side. You can see how the corner is lined up here. At this point you can make a template or continue to cut each set this way. I found it fun so I did them all like this. 
Keeping right sides together sew along the cut sides leaving the top open for turning out. 

To get a nice point you can trim a little fabric off the end but be careful not to poke through when you are turning right side out. Press and there you have your little flag. 
You will have 11 and I chain pieced mine. The fabric on each side is different but you can make it the same.
Next I put them up on my design wall to figure out how I wanted the different colored and scaled patterns to line up.

Using a 3 yard double fold bias tape pack you will space your flags starting at one end 7 1/2" pin a flag then 3" and pin a flag as pictured above. Then sew the whole length of the tape and you have your bunting! 
I had never made bunting before and always wanted it's so easy I'm going to make some for my daughters room when I get back. 



Valerie said...

This turned out great, Petra! Your list is making me wish I was headed for Utah too:). Can't wait to hear all about it!

Tania said...

The last time I went to Craft Camp I was so MIFFED at myself. I didn't make a list. I threw random bits of unrelated paraphernalia into the boot of the car. I vowed never again. Having said that, your list is SCARY long!


Jacey said...

The bunting looks amazing! I wish I was going to be there, and I'll miss hanging out with you all! But I know you'll have an amazing time! Hope you get it all done in time!!

Sara Tetreault said...

Thanks for these directions! I love how these look and have wanted to make some for birthday banners or spell out a name, etc. This will be a good use of my scraps, too! Great job...