Monday, February 7, 2011

Double Sided Bunting Tutorial for TomKat Studio and Giveaway

As if winning tickets to Oprah's after Oscar Party wasn't enough excitement for me this week, I've also been asked to do a Valentine's Bunting for my friends at TomKat Studio.  They are doing an awesome series on Valentine's decorations for the 14 days leading up to Valentine's Day, and lucky me I get to participate (my link will be up on Tuesday).  So if you're here for the first time from TomKat, welcome!  The method of bunting making that I'm about to share with you was thought up by my beautiful, creative sister Becky and I share this with you with her blessing.  So pull out your pinking shears and let's get started!

First off I always like to show an "end result" picture with my tutorials, this will give you some of that satisfying instant gratification and hopefully keep your interest for the full tutorial (and for those of you going, "what the heck is a bunting?  Is it something you eat?" Now you'll know).  It's really easy, I promise.  In fact this bunting method can be done completely without a sewing machine, I'll tell you how when we get to that step.   But as always if you have any questions on anything I do just let me know and I'll be happy to help out.


Here she is, what do you think?  I think she's won my heart.  I'll show you her with her Valentine's accessories after I give you the full how-to.  Here we go.

First off you'll need a few supplies.  To make this bunting I picked out 5 fabrics that I thought fell into the Valentine's Day colors category and coordinated well with each other.  Obviously there are actual Valentine's Day fabrics out there that you could use as well, but I tend to stick to the essence of the holiday and choose not to hit you over the head with hearts and cupids.  But if that's more your style then go with it.  The nice thing about just using a holiday's colors is that you could easily use this bunting for girl birthday parties, or baby and bridal showers as well.  That's me, always trying to be versatile.


I bought 1/4 yard of each of my five fabric choices.  This amount of fabric could easily make two buntings and if you split it with a friend then they'd be half the price too.


Then I picked out some decorative trim that coordinated with my fabric choices.  I used this pom-pomish trim along with a polka-dot ribbon.  But you could easily use just the ribbon, or ric-rac is always fun too.  I bought two yards of each of these trims, but probably cold have gotten away with 1 1/2 yards.  It just depends how long you want your end result to be.


Now you'll need a triangle template.  I just used my ruler to draw a triangle the size I wanted on a piece of cardboard and then cut it out.  I think you can buy actual plastic templates at the craft store, but there's really no need to unless you plan on mass producing these.


Now the bunting I'm showing you is double-sided, so I also picked up some of this Heat n Bond (I bought it at Wal-Mart) or you could use Wonder-Under if you can find it.  You don't have to make your bunting double sided, I just think that you'll end up with a much nicer finished product if you do.  Either way it'll be cute.

Okay now you've got your supplies and you're ready to go, so let's get started.  You'll need your iron and ironing board for this, so make sure it's plugged in and hot.


1.  Take your first fabric, lay it on your ironing board and fit a piece of your heat and bond onto the back side.  I cut my piece 9 1/2 inches X 17 inches.  This MUST BE SMALLER THAN YOUR PIECE OF FABRIC or you'll heat and bond a lot of sticky goo onto your ironing board and nobody wants that.
2.  Adhere your heat and bond onto your fabric with your iron.
3.  Let this cool, and then peel the paper backing off of your fabric leaving a layer of the heat and bond on your fabric.
4.  Now fold your fabric back onto itself, iron again,  and you'll have a nice rectangle of fabric that is double sided.
5.  Take this fabric, your cardboard triangle, and pull out your rotary mat and cutter fitted with a pinking blade.  If you don't have one of these (you should go buy one) you can use fabric scissors or pinking shears as well. Use your plastic ruler to give yourself a nice edge and cut out double sided triangles.  You can lay these back to back and get about 4-5 triangles out of your fabric.


6. and 7.  Repeat this process until  you have plenty of triangles.
8.  Now repeat this entire process with all of your different fabric choices.


9.  Now that you've gotten all of your triangles cut, line them up in the order you want them to be on your bunting.
10.  Stack your triangles up and get ready to sew.  But wait!  Here's where you could make this an entirely no-sew project.  If you don't have a sewing machine, or are deathly afraid of the one sitting in your closet because you don't know how to re-thread the bobbin (that was me once too), just grab some craft glue or your glue gun and glue your triangles onto your trim.  But for the rest of my tutorial's sake I'm going to show you how I finished mine on my sewing machine :)
11.  Before you start make a loop out of your trim, sew this together and you'll have an easy way to hang your bunting when it's done.
12.  Now take your first decorative trim and sew your triangles next to each other onto the trim.  I use my zig zag stitch to do this.
13.  Keep going until you've got all the triangles you want on your trim.
14.  Now finish your bunting up with a ribbon accent.  I used a thick ribbon folded in half to give my bunting a finished look on the front and back.

You're done!  That was really easy, right?  Another fun way to do a double sided bunting is to put one holiday on the front, and one on the back.  I have a Halloween and Thanksgiving one that I can just turn over between holidays.  Clever, I know.


Here she is all accessorized and ready for her close-up.  What do you think?  Want to know the best part about this?  I made two of these buntings exactly the same, and I'm ready to give one of them to you!

GIVEAWAY!  FOLLOW THE RULES BELOW TO ENTER.

All you have to do to enter is become a follower of my blog in the upper right side, or if you're already a follower just let me know that.  Then leave a comment in the comment section below along with a way to contact you if you win.  I'll choose a winner by Thursday the 10th so that I can get this in the mail and make sure it gets to you before Valentine's Day.  

114 comments:

Trisha said...

I am a follower!!

~Trisha

Trisha said...

And of course I would *LOVE* to win one of your fabulous creations!!! Crossing my fingers!

~Trisha

terrah said...

I've been thinking about making one of these ever since you displayed yours and told me how! Alas, I've only gotten as far a buying the pinking blade :). I'd love to win one of these, it's darling! And I started following your blog too.

Becky said...

Oh, la la! I love it! Love the black with the pink. Very chic! And i've followed you for ever!!!

Jaime @ Our Journey said...

I am a follower!

Jaime @ Our Journey said...

This is hands-down the best Bunting Tutorial I've seen ... I love that you used iron-on adhesive to make it double-sided! I'm linking this up under the Inspirational Projects tab on my blog.

Our Journey
www.theclayfamilyblog.blogspot.com

Marne said...

I am now a follower of your blog. My friend Brittany Daw mentioned your blog on her blog and I love your ideas! Super cute stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!!

Ryan and Alicia said...

I'm already a follower, but wanted to enter! I LOVE this color combo you used!!! Way adorable. abrimley@yahoo.com

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Me-Me-Me, I'm a follower!!

Velma said...

I'm a follower!!! I'd love one of your wonderful buntings!!!
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Megan B ♥ said...

I'll become a follower. I gotta say, this tutorial and bunting is too cute. I usually only love you, but this is a little TOO adorable. Today I kind of love you, kind of hate you, kind of want to be you.

Michelle @ Crafts and Crap said...

I'm a follower :)

Sarah@AlpinePoppy said...

I have been following you for a while now. Love, love.

Sarah@AlpinePoppy said...

I would love to win your bunting, it is so great, particularly I love your fabric choices.
Thanks for the chance to win!
If in fact I do win you can contact me at
Sarahbeck01@gmail.com

Nitasha said...

I'm already a follower of your blog! And your bunting is gorgeous, so of course, I would love to win!

Thanks so much for the tutorial and the giveaway!
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Ellen said...

I am already a follower!
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Ellen said...

I love the color combo!
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Betsy said...

Betsy
You have always have made wonderful items

Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

I am a new follower!
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~Laura~ said...

I'm a follower! :)
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*katie said...

I'm a new follower - love the bunting!
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Jennie said...

I am a new follower! I would love to win this, but I'm also inspired to make one for other occasions too! It's so easy, I would actually make it after I bought all of the supplies... Sometimes they just go straight to the crafting grave. : /

Katie said...

I am a new follower from TomKat!

Katie said...

I love how cute and girly this is. I would love to win it!

Katie
sweetrosestudio@hotmail.com
www.sweetrosestudio.blogspot.com

Jennie said...

Oops, jenniehartman@gmail.com

Kirby said...

I'm a new Follower!!!
You can contact me via email

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Heidi said...

I am so excited to become a follower of your blog. I love your designs and thank you for the DIY bunting demo! I have 3 little girls, ages 9, 5 & almost 3 that would just LOVE this!!! XOXO
Heidi at sweettreatskids@gmail.com

Amy Hightower Murphy said...

I now follow your blog! Love the bunting!

xo katrina said...

i'm a new follower! your blog is great. looking forward to more adorable tutorials.

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laura said...

I am a new follower! I just love the bunting tutorial....it is so adorable!!

Lulubelle said...

Love this!! Soooooo cute!

Lulubelle said...

Oh ya I am following!!!

A.K. said...

my daughter turns one in a month and i would LOVE to win this for her bday party :)

Christa said...

I'm a follower! Love the easy and adorable tutorial.

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Polka Dot Moon said...

Excited to be a new follower! Thanks for the chance....my little one is turning 3 this month and she LOVES pink! This would be perfect for her big day :)

Denise

Erin Sims said...

This is so cute! You are so creative! I just followed your blog and can't wait to stay updated on all your posts! Thanks for sharing your ideas.
-Erin, erin.e.sims@gmail.com

jessicamedoro said...

I am excited to be a new follower of your blog.....I would love to win your Valentine bunting...it is adorable!!! Thanks for the tutorial! Jessica :) jessicamedoro@hotmail.com

Brenda said...

I am a new follower :-) I found you through TomKat :-) I would love to win this :-) bmcafee@ymail.com
Thank you! Brenda

Event Therapy LLC said...

This is a sweet bunting - would love to have it!

New follower from Tomkat!



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Becky said...

I'm a new follower and I LOVE your blog! The bunting is adorable. You've just added another thing to try to my ever growing list :)
contact me at hgsfrmme2u @ hotmail . com

Anonymous said...

Love the tutorial! Glad I found you.

zalyndia

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Melissa said...

Oh be still my heart....this would be perfect in my studio!

I just signed up as a follower...

Many Blessings,
Melissa

TuTu Much Fun said...

A new follower... Absolutely adorable! I can't wait to head out to the fabric store so that I can make one. Thanks! Karen

www.tutumuchfun.ca

Jessica P said...

I am a new follower and I love the bunting!! Thank you so much to you and your sister Becky for sharing!

Hoichi said...

I'm a follower! Absolutely adorable!

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Kort and Amy said...

I would keep this up year round in my daughter's room. I love it

Kort and Amy said...

I follow your blog!

Janine said...

Hi Im a new follower from Tomkat, beautiful work, thanks for sharing.

Amandaxo said...

I found you through TomKat, and am now following! Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial...I've been wanting to make bunting for a while now, and this is perfect!

I would love to win your gorgeous bunting <3
amanda.gauthier@hotmail.com

Mommys Lil Angels said...

I found you through Tom Kat on FB! Love your blog & and this bunting! I'd love to use it for our valentines party!

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AZLB said...

found you from tomkat! Great tutorial!!!

Karrens said...

I'm a new follower coming over from TomKat Studios. Love the bunting...also LOVE the cute word art in the background. Would love a quick how to on that!! my email is kjkarren@hotmail.com. Crossing my fingers!! :)

Sisterly Love Bake Shop said...

so excited to try this ;) but it would be so cool if i win!

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where can i buy those fabulous easels?

courtney said...

adorable!
can't wait to make one like this for birthday parties
found you over at tom kat

Larissa said...

Soooo Cute!!! Would go perfect for valentine's day or any little girl party!! I am now a follower!
LissPhotography@live.com

chelle said...

I found your site via TomKat and am a follower. Love the bunting - especially the houndstooth triangles!

I can be contacted via the email associated with this account.

Kim Cawley said...

I'm a follower. I really like your decorations too:)

Kayla said...

I am now a follower!

Kayla said...

I am in love with this! Thank you so much for the fun tutorial! xo

Cupcakes and Lemonade said...

I am a follower!

Cupcakes and Lemonade said...

THese are super cute! Would love one for my Valentines mantle!

Autumn said...

I'm a follower and your big Oprah win has renwed my hope in give aways. xoxo, Autumn

Carolyn Jae said...

I just became your newest follower! :o) I so absolutely LOVE this bunting and the tutorial is perfect!

Cindy B. said...

Love the fabric !!!! Where did you purchase it??? Thanks for sharing such cute ideas :)

Ingrid said...

I am a new follower and would LOVE to win!!

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pam said...

You know I am an avid follower! And I love the pink and black combination and all of your Valentine's decorations.

EllenB said...

love it!! ellenbessette@bellsouth.net

Sherry Drennan said...

I want to win! I just became a follower!Thanks!

Pastry Chef Laura said...

This is way too cute! I just discovered your blog and I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you for sharing your creativity and beauty with us all.

Missy said...

Wow!!! Just became a follower. I would love to win!!! Thanks for the chance to win such a beautiful project.

freaked out 'n small said...

What an adorable bunting! Very pretty!

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Jennifer said...

I'm a follower. I just found your blog today. Very cute!!!!

Happy to Be Me said...

Signed on as a follower. Love the tutorial..thanks!

Granny B's said...

I'm a new follower sent by Tom Kat! I love love love this banner! I'm about to make one right now!
Thanks for the great directions.

Jen Slivka said...

I'm a new follower. I found you through the TomKat blog. Love the bunting banner!

Michelle said...

WoWzyyyyy!!!!! I LoVe your Banner!!!! I am a New Follower of your lovely blog, so glad I found you through Tom Kat!!!!!!




Michelle Torres
decorater4life@aol.com

julie mullen said...

I'm now a follower! I love the blog and the bunting!
julieamullen@gmail.com

MossyOakLane said...

So cute! I followed you as retropixie!

Summer Miller said...

I follow you!

Anonymous said...

I am a new follower - adorable Valentine's decor!
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Trish said...

I'm already a follower!

beyondthedecorations said...

adorable! Iam a follower!

Trish said...

I've wanted to try making a bunting that we could use for our family birthdays (7 kids, 5 grandbabies and two more on the way!) ever since I saw one you posted on your blog before. Just haven't gotten around to it yet.
This one would be adorable for the girls and also a welcome addition to my teeny tiny collection of Valentine's Day decorations.
You know where to find me. ;) In fact, think of the shipping you'll save if I win! :)

Rebecca Irvine said...

Darling bunting! I am a follower, so I should win ;-).

Baezamama said...

I'm your newest follower! This is fabulous!

baezamama(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Isabel said...

Hi! Just found you from TomKat Studio and became a follower. That was so easy and hopefully I can make one soon! Thanks for the chance to win.

Isabel
yellowrose2421@hotmail.com

devil_boyi said...

Found you from Tom Kat.....made me smile at this darling bunting. I am now a follower, yeah!

Julianne said...

Too cute Nancy! I follow you!

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Brie Wheelwright said...

Hope I win so I don't have to make me own! Plus it wouldn't be this cute.
briejw@gmail.com

Meagan said...

Love this!! So ridiculously cute :)

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Blair said...

I'm a follower!!! I love this bunting!

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jenica said...

I'm a follower! Love your blog!

Kim said...

I am a follower! So excited, I adore the pink and black!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the banner

B Thompson said...

Can see these in multi color combos

Faith N. said...

I am now a follower. Would love to win this!

Krista said...

I love the banner. I just started following your blog. My cousin recommended it to me when I asked how she made some headbands. My 6 year old daughter and I have been making your fabric flowers like crazy. Thanks for the ideas. My email is mcdowellfam@hotmail.com.

Pamela said...

Great Tutorial...and now I follow your blog :)

auntiejenni said...

this is the first fabric pennant banner that i 've really fallen in love with. i adore your choice of colors so it has multiple uses and the little pom pom fringe on the polka dot ribbon was pure genius. my little corner of the world simply screams to have this. i'm definitely a follower and your newest fan.

auntiejenni said...

yikes...i forgot to leave a way to reach me...can i just say that i'm a follower and fan again?
angelheartcottage@comcast.net

Claire said...

i'm a follower...and have been for a few years! love your blog, nancy.
clairesfitness@gmail.com

caroline said...

I am a follower- snowed in in Denver and thanks to you I have a new project to start!

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Meganis said...

ooooo pick me pick me!!!! Follower :)

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Ally said...

You can pick me if you want...I come with NO shipping charges at all!--Ally

Caryn said...

Your bunting is absolutely delicious! I hope I haven't missed the give-a-way because I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Caryn
caryngrow@gmail.com

Andrea said...

I love this! I am going to be a follower now :) Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea with us!

Steph said...

Holy cow! Look at all these comments...you are famous! I know it is Thursday night, hope its not too late 'cause I totally need that cute banner!!

Steph said...

Was I supposed to tell you that I'm a follower? In case you didn't know, I am!!

Teronia Bayonne said...

OMG, this is EXACTLY the color scheme of my sister's baby shower. I decided today I wanted a bunting. Amazing and so cute!
Tara
hobbiesandevents@yahoo.com

Angel said...

I'm your newest follower. I am going to try & make one of these. You've inspired me :]
~Angel

Lerissa said...

Can you tell me how long the bunting is? (sewn at this size...how long does it stretch?) Thanks!!!!

Kerry said...

I'm following now! Cute stuff!

scissorsmith said...

so I saw this pin on pintrest, and then I clicked on it and it took me to tom kat and poof! here I am your freshest follower!! P.s. I am excited to try making on of these, but you see, I'm a visual person and if I already had one to look at....well u know what i would say next :) scissorsmith@gmail.com

Lisa Glowacka said...

Ooooo! I love the colors! So fun! I'm your newest follower!

lisa (dot) glowacka (at) gmail.com