Monday, May 30, 2011

Kitchen Sink Bunting

Hi there!  I'm Jennifer of That Girl... That Quilt and I'm so excited to be back here today to share another way to use up those little scraps.  Who doesn't love some bunting??  Especially when it's made from your favorite fabric scraps...

This idea started when I had some left-over dresden plate blades.  And then I had some left over tumbler shapes... and then some charm squares... some triangles... hexagons... maybe a few orphan quilt blocks... I even folded some squares in half to make triangles.  Pretty much everything but the kitchen sink! 

Traditional bunting is all the same shape but I can never seem to stick to the traditional way when my creative wheels start turning.  So feel free to add in your own creativity when following along with this tutorial. 

Here's what you need:
Lots of scraps cut into defined shapes
3-4 yards of Twill tape {bias binding, left over binding strips, etc work well too}
Heavy duty machine needle
All the usual suspect notions...

First, organize your fabric shapes into a long row.  I like things random but feel free to obsess over the order if you would like... ;)   If the raw edges of the pieces bother you, you can always zig-zag stitch or pink around the edges.

Now that you are organized, grab your twill tape and shapes.  It's up to you to decide if you want to stitch the fabric to the front of the twill tape or to the back.  I stitched mine to the front so that the most amount of fabric could show.  I spaced my shapes out randomly with 1/2" to 2" between each shape.  I typically avoid pinning but pinning the fabric bits to the tape makes it super easy to sew without a lot of stopping.

Do you know how to chain piece?  Sewing the shapes down is a lot like that.  Now all you have to do is take one end of the tape and stitch each shape to the tape.  I used a zig-zag stitch and stitched one continuous line {even on the open spaces of twill tape}.  Keep stitching until you have made all the bunting you want.  That's it!

I'm hanging my bunting on the long wall of my sewing studio so I didn't worry about making the pieces two-sided.  If you would like to make them two sided you could easily do that before sewing your pieces to your tape...

Thanks for having me today!  I hope you will hop over and visit my blog too... I'm always up to something. :)


  1. What a great way to remember some of the projects you've worked on!

  2. A lovely bright decoration. I'm thinking Christmas fabrics!

  3. I think I'll make a patriotic bunting for the 4th of July holiday. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Good Morning Jennifer...bunting it is and I think any season warrants one...When I think of how many scraps I throw away...silly me, I could be in the bunting business with you lol..

  5. How creative you are - wonderful memories dancing right before your eyes. Judy C

  6. Thanks - buntings are so cute.

  7. What fun! Favorite fabrics decorating your sewing wall ... what better use of scraps?? :) Thank you so much for sharing this idea!!

  8. Great idea for a quick and easy decoration for any holiday!

  9. Such a great idea to see fabrics you love and that can inspire! Thank you for this fun project!

  10. I am so going to do this for the forth of July! Thank you for such a cool idea,you rock girl :)

  11. Just popped in from Memorial Day activities....neat idea! Thanks for showing us this!
    Jacque in SC

  12. Thanks for the lovely post - need to try to make bunting.

  13. How cute! I never would have thought of mixing up the different shapes....wish I had your sense of creativity! blessings, marlene

  14. How FUN and CUTE!! Thank you for posting this great and quick idea!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  15. I'm seeing bunting everywhere! I just saw one made from leftover lace, quilt blocks, hankies, etc...so cute. I do love the idea of a Patriotic bunting and now would be the perfect time to get my "stuff" together and have it made in time for July 4th festivities in the backyard! Thanks for the great post and reminding us all that beautiful things come out of scraps!!
    Gmama Jane


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