dil·i·gence:careful and persistent work or effort

Proverbs 13: 4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fabric bunting project

This project has been a long time in the making.  I fell in love with fabric buntings months and months ago via pinterest.  I was loving them so, so much I wanted one in every room.  I tried my hand at making one with cut up sheets and fabric napkins from the Goodwill.  Once I decided upon a size and method, I finalized a prototype and made a pattern.  And that, folks, is where this project stalled.  I knew I wanted to make more of these, but I never executed.  I'm sure I'm the only one with this problem...

This past week, I finally got to the fabric store with buying fabric for this project as my main goal.  You see, my niece Naomi is having a birthday very soon, and the first bunting I'd like to make is for my sister's house.  With 5 kiddos, she is always decorating for birthday parties and holiday gatherings.  How cute would it be if she had a fun and festive and gender neutral pennant flag that she could pull out for each occasion?!

I had decided on a color scheme already, so when I found a bundle of yellow, grey and black fabric quarters in the quilting section of Joann's, I snatched them up.  They are perfect!  Last night during Grey's Anatomy, I cut the quarters into triangles.  Using my template, I cut 2 triangles out of each quarter.  Each triangle is approx 8" wide and 11" tall.  (I have no idea how I settled on those dimensions, haha!)  Here are all my triangles (12) cut out.

I also picked up a yard of plain white fabric to line the back of the flag with.  I also cut 12 of them, and lined the up with the patterned fabric.  Then, I sewed them together.  I only sewed down the two long sides, leaving the top open.

Here's one set sewed together.

Next, I attached them to a double fold quilt binding.  I used one 3 yards long and extra wide.  I chose to use grey thread and grey binding.  Sky's the limit, though.  Here it is all laid out attached to the binding along the top.  I also attached a bit of coordinating ribbon to the ends for tying.

Viola!  That's it!  :)

I just love the finished product!

I hope my sister likes it and uses it for years to come.  One thing is for sure, it was made with lots of love!




  1. Hey, Big Sis here... I do love the bunting -- I was just checking your blog and hope I haven't ruined a surprise! I'll let it be a surprise for the kids, although that'll be difficult considering they're always asking if you've posted anything new!! Can't wait to use it for the party!

  2. Nope, not at all! I was hoping you'd see it. I am terrible at surprises anyway. :) Stay tuned- lots of projects are getting accomplished this weekend, so there will be plenty for the kids to see even if you manage to keep the flag a surprise!