Sunday, July 29, 2012

Upcycled birthday bunting

Hello All! I hope everyone has had an awesome weekend. Mine has been pretty fabulous - I've been to a photography exhibition, watched two films at the New Zealand International Film Festival, caught up with friends, had brunch, met some cool new people and baked my first even brownies. Plus the sun has been shining pretty much ALL weekend which makes everything better.

 This morning I had a birthday brunch with my friend Jaimee - she has just moved into a new apartment and she told me she wanted to buy a few bits and pieces to brighten the place up. So I decided to make her a bunting to bring a little bit of colour to her new place.

I decided to make an up-cycled bunting - a few weeks back I found this pajama top at an op shop and even though I knew I would never wear it, I had to buy it because I thought the fabric was so cute and I new I cold make something fabulous from it.
 The fabric is pink with hearts and has lots of birds in birdcages on it - here's a bit of a close up of the fabric.
Making a bunting is pretty easy if you have basic sewing skills, the most time consuming part is making a pattern and then cutting out lots of triangles.
When you've cut out all your triangles, all you need to do is get a piece of bias binding (or ribbon) and sew the flags to the bias binding. I prefer bias binding to ribbon as you can fold the triangles inside and it looks much tidier I think. Here's a small part of the finished bunting - I was pretty happy with the final product and Jaimee seemed to like it as well, which is the most important thing.
Hope you've all had a super weekend xoxox


Curtise said...

I made MILES of bunting for school, and rather enjoyed it, not so much the cutting out but trundling along on the sewing machine at speed in a nice straight line was quite relaxing! Your bunting looks lovely, what a kind gift. xxx

oomph. said...

The print IS really cute! Glad you found a project for it!

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Trees said...

Once you cut out all the triangles it is rather a relaxing sewing project:)

Vix said...

What a lovely housewarming pressie! the print is fabulous! x

cb said...

Sounds like you had an awesome weekend! The bunting fabric is so cute and i love that you used light blue ribbon. It looks so great!

Meghan Edge said...

I've wanted to make a bunting for a while because they are just so damn cute. I love yours and that fabric is lovely!

Monsterchen said...

oh this is really cute darling! what a lovely fabric!

Stacey said...

Gorgeous! That print works really well for bunting. I've never actually made any myself, but I keep meaning to try it.

two squirrels said...

Oh super cute, I love the print too!!!! It is perfect birdie bunting, what a lovely gift.
Love v

Camelia Crinoline said...

The bunting looks great. I love that print. So cute.