Tuesday, May 31, 2011

4th of July Bunting Tutorial

Well, I finally had an idea of my own! lol So, I thought I would turn it into a tutorial for y'all! Yay! I will have a matching table runner soon as well, but I am still working of that.

I am not going to give you exact amounts, it will vary depending on how many stars you will need and what size you make them, etc.  But, if you can craft, I imagine you can figure out how much of everything you will need.

Here is the finished bunting. I hung it up real quick to show ya ... don't mind the unpatriotic mantle, it is not time yet lol.

For this project you will need:

Red felt
Blue felt
White felt
Star shaped felt stickers
Patriotic ribbon
fabric glue

First thing you will do is make a star template. You can print out a star shape or clip art or trace something. I traced a star shaped wooden box that I have. The you will cut out as many felt pieces as you need to make stars, but doubled, as you will be sewing two together for stability. I cut out two at a time.

Then you are going to sew the stars together and trim to make sure they are even, as some movement might occur during sewing. Simply sew along close to the edge.

Next you are going to lay out the ready stars and cut snippets of ribbon to go crossways on your stars. Two pieces, one here and there, really however many you choose. I chose to do groups of three at a time so I could visualize it and make sure that I did not have too many the same next to each other.

Continue to do this, until they are all completed and stack them in the order that you wanted them so as not to jumble up your very prettily placed ribbon order! hehe

Then you are going to attach the ribbon with a small amount of fabric glue... this will make the sewing so much easier. If, unlike me, you are a sewing genius just sew it then! hehe.

After you let the glue dry, then you are going to trim the ribbon so that they end exactly where you want so you may sew down each ribbon strip, on both sides of the ribbon strands in one continuous motion for each strand.

After they are sewn down completely you can attach one of the stickers... or if you can not find stickers you can easily cut smaller shapes and adhere them with the fabric glue. Put a sticker on each star.

Then you are going to attach each star to the twin. I used a needle and thread, sewing through the back star layer only, so it does not show through to the front. I warn you...this is not pretty sewing, at least on my part lol, but it works!

Then I simply tied loops at each end, and tied a few ribbon pieces in between each star. You can choose to tie more than I did, but I like the minimalist look...it kind of reminds me of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree heehee. And, there you have it!

Hopefully, someone can use this and feel a little inspired to make something as well! Feel free to tell me what you think. I am happy with the way it turned out. I will soon be getting out some more Patriotic stuff. I will usually have them up from early June til just after the 4th of July.

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  1. This is a really neat and fun idea, thanks for sharing.

  2. This turned out really beautiful. I love all the different types of ribbon. Too cute!

  3. I love this! Great tutorial. :)

  4. LOVE this! So fun and festive. Thanks for sharing.

    PS--Saw you at Quilt Story!

  5. This is so cute! Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow, I really think it turned out great! Thanks for the inspiration! I have red felt but need to pick up blue and white. I like that you used twine to string it up. I'm going to bookmark this so that I can make it for the 4th of July.

    stop by and say hi anytime..www.jessabellstamp.blogspot.com

  7. SO Cute! I sure missed the boat on Memorial Day decorating -- will file this away in the hopes I'm more organized and decorated for Fourth of July! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Terrific looking project!

    Your new follower

  9. These are adorable..
    Just came over from Whatch Making..glad I did.
    I am not crafty at all but I MIGHT can make this.:)
    xo bj

  10. thats so fun! thanks for sharing!

    new follower ! found you on tuesday blog hops!

  11. This is so festive. I love it.

  12. Very cute! I am a new follower from MomsReview4You Blog hop. Can't wait to see future post :)

  13. I love everything about this! I'm pinning it to my Pinterest board!

  14. I LOVE this! So CUTE!!!

  15. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Jun 10:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  16. They look great! Good idea. I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

  17. This is so darling!!! I love it! I am going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing!
    I am your newest follower- and I would love to have you stop by my blog and follow if you would like to!
    Camille @

  18. I love this! I've been looking for a 4th of July hanging to make! I'm your newest follower from the It;'s Almost Friday blog hop. I hope you'll check me out too!

  19. Too cute! My husband's birthday is on the 4th of July so I'm definately going to have to do something like this. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  20. Just wanted to let you know I featured your link today on SewHappyGeek!

  21. New follower from SewHappyGeek, can't wait to try this adorable tutorial! Thanks! :)

  22. Very cute and easy to adapt for those of us non sewers out there.

  23. So stinkin' adorable! I love it and may just make one for myself! Thanks for sharing!

  24. THESE are ADORABLE!!! LOVE 'em, and can't wait to see the table runner too!... Have a great weekend! ~tina

  25. Thanks for the great tutorial! I shared this on my blog today at http://www.craftbuds.com/free-pattern-features-4th-of-july/

  26. This is so cute!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI! Be sure to put the button in your post or sidebar to be eligible! :)

  27. This is a really cute and peppy project! It looks and sounds very easy to make, as well. I teach a free sewing class monthly and may use this as a spring project next year, or maybe for our August class in time for Labor Day. Thanks for the great tutorial. Visit my blog at http://sewnsan.blogspot.com for a tutorial on recycling old jeans into new projects.

  28. Thanks for sharing this. This looks awesome! I have pinned it so I remember to come back next year to steal your idea when I'm getting ready for the fourth.

    I'm your newest follower. Come check me out, too, if you're interested --> Carissa's Creativity Space


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