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Fabric Easter Bunny Bunting Garland Tutorial

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Back in December I showed you how to make fabric Christmas tree bunting, and now that we are a week away from Easter I thought I would adapt this to make some cute Easter bunny bunting.

If you would like to check out my previous post on how to make Christmas tree bunting you can do soΒ here. I have made very few changes (apart from the shape)! except this time I decided not to ‘pad’ them out using wadding or interfacing as I wanted to keep them as light-weight as possible.

I wanted to keep this tutorial simple, so your supplies are probably things that you already have in your sewing stash – apart from perhaps the pom poms. I purchased these from The Range in the children’s craft dept. for Β£1.99, but you could make your own if you have spare yarn and a snazzy pom pom maker or your own template. Or of course you could use cotton wool balls.

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You will need:

  • Fabric scraps. I chose pastel colours as they reminded me of Spring.
  • Any bunny template. There are lots of free templates available on the internet.
  • Bias binding or tape to use as the string for your bunting.
  • Fabric scissors and pinking shears.
  • Matching thread.
  • Pins.
  • Pom poms, or cotton wool balls.
  • Glue.
  • Sewing machine.

 

Let’s go! To start with you need to cut out your fabric a little bit bigger than the size of the bunny. Each bunny requires 2 pieces of fabric. Place the 2 pieces of fabric together, with the wrong sides facing, and pin the bunny template on the top.

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Take this to your sewing machine and carefully sew around the bunny shape as close to the edge as you can.

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Remove your pins and cut around the edge with your pinking shears taking care not to snip your line of stitching.

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Repeat this process for as many bunnies as you want!

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Decide how long you would like your bunting to be and cut a length of bias binding or tape to that length, you may want to allow a little extra to make loops at each end. I did this. I pressed my tape in half lengthwise as this makes it much easier when it comes to sewing it. Evenly space your bunnies along the tape and encase the tops of their ears inside the fold of the tape. Pin in place.

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Now all you need to do is take your bunting to your machine and stitch along the whole length of the bunting making sure that the ears of the bunnies don’t slip out and are caught inside the tape as you stitch. You can turn each end under to make a hanging loop whilst you are stitching.

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Now the fun part. Use your glue to pop a little pom pom tail on each of the bunnies. You could use a few hand stitches if you prefer, but do this whilst your bunnies are still single layer then your stitches won’t show on the back when it’s hanging.

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You’re all done! If you can bear it, it’s a good idea to try to leave it whilst the glue dries before hanging. I wouldn’t want you to lose your tails.

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Show off your bunting wherever you like, I’m sure it will be admired!

Wishing you all a very happy Easter. Take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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Christmas Tree Bunting Garland Tutorial

December is here, which means it is time to think about putting the Christmas tree up and decorating the house. Several years ago I wanted to make some bunting to decorate our staircase, but didn’t want regular triangular bunting so I made some in the shape of Christmas trees. Each year they come out and I love them, and as this is the first Christmas that I have been writing my blog I thought I would share with you how to make them. They are very quick and easy to make. If you can sew a straight line on a machine then you are good to go!

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You will need:

  • A Christmas tree template. Print off from the internet or sketch your own. Mine is approx 18cm tall
  • Scraps of pretty fabric for the ‘front’ of the trees, these need to be slightly bigger than the size of the tree template
  • Interfacing or polyester wadding to give the trees some structure. I chose to use the polyester wadding as I think it bulks it out just enough to give the trees a bit of body
  • Plain fabric for the ‘back’ of the trees
  • Bias binding or cotton twill tape
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Pinking shears or fabric scissors
  • Star shaped buttons, needle and thread

Directions:

Firstly cut out your Christmas tree template. Roughly cut out a scrap of pretty fabric, some wadding and backing fabric just a little bigger than the size of the tree. Layer them so that the backing fabric is on the bottom, the wadding is in the middle and the pretty fabric is on the top. Finally place your Christmas tree template on the top and pin in place.dsc04599

Take your fabric to the machine and carefully sew around the edge of the tree, sewing as close to the paper edge of the template as you can. This just requires a straight stitch on the machine – when you change direction remember to leave your needle in the down position so that your fabric doesn’t slip.dsc04601

Unpin and remove the template. Your fabric should now look like this.dsc04602

Now you need to cut around the outside edge of the stitching using pinking shears or regular fabric scissors. I use pinking shears because I like the effect this gives. Take care not to accidentally snip your stitches.dsc04603

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If you haven’t already, decide on the length of the bunting you want and cut your tape or binding to this length. I am using bias binding to hang my trees from so I folded it in half along its length and machined it together, encasing the tops of the trees inside the tape at regular intervals as I went. I also sewed little loops at each end to make hanging easier.dsc04607

If you are using a thicker tape that doesn’t require folding in half then simply attach your trees with a few hand stitches through the top of the trees. When all your trees are attached to the tape finish them off by sewing a pretty star shaped button to the top.Perfect!dsc04624

You’re all done! Now all you need to do is hang your garland and enjoy it! You could embellish your trees with buttons, sequins or ric rac if you wish – let your imagination go wild!dsc04620

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I hope you have enjoyed this and will have a go at making them yourself. Let me know how you get on, I would love to hear from you.

Take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

 

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Autumn Fall Felt Leaf Garland Tutorial

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Autumn is well and truly here now, and whilst it is sad to see the end of Summer the beautiful display of glorious colours outside inspired me to create something to reflect such an amazing Season. I think Autumn is far to pretty to be left outdoors don’t you think? Let’s bring a little bit of it inside..

I love a nice garland, and this one is just so quick and easy to make. I whipped this up in a morning, accompanied by a cinnamon candle and a hot chocolate It really was a rewarding little project and a good stress buster too!

Materials

  • Autumn coloured felt pieces – the heavier weight the better.
  • Leaf Templates – search the internet or sketch your own!
  • Neutral coloured thread.
  • Fabric Scissors.
  • Sewing Machine – this is optional, you can string your leaves together by hand if you prefer.

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I decided to make templates for about 4 or 5 different leaf styles/sizes, I also made up an acorn template and for good measure some small circles with my leftovers representing berries. My leaf sizes ranged from 2.5″ – 4″ but you can choose whatever sizes you like.

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As the finished garland will be made with a chain of thread which could move about and be visible from both sides I decided to make the acorns with a neat felt ‘cap’ which would be pretty whichever side is showing. So before I got around to making up the garland I decided to encase the acorn ‘nut’ with 2 ‘cap’ pieces, and machine stitch them securely.

 

So once you have all your leaves, berries and acorns cut out and prepared it is time for the fun bit! Simply run them through the sewing machine in a random order one after another forming a long chain. I used a long length stitch setting as this make the ‘vein’ of the leaf look better and also made the garland come together quicker too.

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In no time at all you will end up with a long length of pretty garland which you can either keep in one length, or snip to whatever lengths you like! So quick and easy. I have decided to decorate my staircase, but they would look amazing hanging vertically at a window, or draped around a plant. I think they would pretty decorating a bed headboard too. The possibilities are endless!

Although I cut my leaf shapes by hand, I’m pretty sure it would be possible to purchase pre-cut shapes if you prefer, or use a die cutting machine.

I left my garland pretty simple, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t embroider your leaves, or machine stitch more detail onto each leaf. If you are including the children in this activity then they could draw ‘veins’ on each leaf with a Sharpie. I also think layering different sizes and colours on top of each other would be stunning too.dsc04516

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I hope you love these garlands as much as I do, and are inspired to create your own! You can cut your felt to whatever shape and size you like. A string of pumpkins would be cute. Maybe Christmas trees or snowmen would be a great idea for the Christmas season – the possibilities are endless. You also do not need to have access to a sewing machine for this project, you could just as easily hand sew them using a running stitch using a sturdy thread.

Oh and finally, a word of warning – they do tangle easily if you’re not careful so I would recommend to store them you should wrap carefully around a large flat piece of cardboard, or use the cardboard tube found inside some rolls of wrapping paper.

Happy Autumn everyone, do let me know how you get on! Be back soon xx