no-sew Valentine’s bunting

Do you ever just get in a crafty mood? Like the urge suddenly strikes and your brain goes into “MUST CREATE” mode?

Mine was brought on by a trip to Wal-Mart.

Wait, what???

That just goes to show that inspiration can strike anywhere…even good ol’ Wally World.

Now, I thought Wal-Mart did away with their fabric department eons ago. Imagine my surprise when I popped into a WM in another town and lo and behold…FABRIC.

I bought half a yard of about nine coordinating fabrics for around $15.

And came home and had a bunting-making party.

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You know what my all-time favorite tutorials are? The ones with “no sew” preceding the title. ;)

Maybe you like them too?

If so, here’s a little tutorial for ya.

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template, fabric, pinking shears, bias tape, hot glue gun

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Don’t stress about the dimensions…I just included them to give an idea of the size.

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You could totally make “single sided” pennants and in that case, you don’t need to fold the fabric. I wanted it pretty from both sides because of where it will hang.

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You can strategically cut so that the ink lines don’t show. Or trace on the “wrong side” of the fabric. This was just for the tutorial, so I didn’t bother.

The purpose of pinking shears is so the fabric doesn’t fray. Plus it makes it cuter!

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Give yourself about 8 inches of a empty bias tape for hanging. Do this at the end, too!

Now open the pennant up and position the bias tape just below the center so that the pennant will close over on itself perfectly. Don’t glue until you test it!

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Careful when you smooth it over with your hand. The glue is HOT. (I feel like the disclaimer on a McD’s coffee cup!) Duh.

Repeat the steps, alternating fabrics until you reach the desired length. Bias tape comes in 12 ft. sections, so I just went with that.

Once you are finished, flip the whole banner over and repeat the hot glue on bias tape step. That way both sides are secure.

That’s all there is to it!

Just for a frame of reference…I had enough fabric to make 3- 12 ft. large buntings, 2- 12 ft. smalls, and a super long mini bunting.

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You can also vary the size of your template and make different sizes.

The mini is my favorite! Instead of bias tape, I used baker’s twine.

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Go forth and get your craft on!

 

10 Responses to no-sew Valentine’s bunting

  1. Lin February 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    So easy and so cute. Thank you.

  2. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage February 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    So Cute!! I love anything no sew too!

  3. Ruthie February 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    I think I see a little bunting scarf made for Riley for Valentine’s Day! Please! xox

    • Maple & Magnolia February 8, 2013 at 12:44 am #

      Oh…what a good idea! :)

  4. Ruthie February 7, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    And show me! :)

  5. Kris February 8, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    Susan,
    I love this it is really cute.
    Kris

  6. Anne February 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Super cute!! I LOVE no sew since I can’t LOL! Wish my walmart had fabric!
    xx
    Anne

  7. Kelly Griglione February 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    So I’ve seen like a million bunting posts in blogland over the years, but I have to say, yours is THE BEST I’ve seen, ever. Period. Why? Because you have the different sizes and layered them. Otherwise they kinda look flat and too spaced out. You have such good taste and style, absolutely LOVE. IT.

    • Maple & Magnolia February 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

      Aw, thanks Kelly. I have to say…those Nerds box valentines you made are AWESOME!!! :)

  8. Erin February 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    That is super cute! And I am glad to know that Wal-Mart has some sort of positivity to give back;)

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