Last year I made Christmas bunting from fabric when I missed out on buying the special printed panels in stores. This year I grabbed the panels as soon as I spotted them! Then inspiration hit and I decided to make mini bunting this time. It may ultimately end up draped across my kids’ bed heads, but for now it is in our entrance way. Here’s the Mini Bunting Tutorial so you can make some too.
What You Need
- Printed bunting panels (or make your own triangle shapes – see how in this tutorial)
- Ribbon or bias binding tape
- Usual sewing supplies – thread, pins, scissors, pinking shears, etc.
What To Do
- Cut out all the bunting triangles – I use a rotary cutter and mat, but scissors would be fine too.
- Cut each triangle into four smaller triangles like the picture above. I lined mine up on the cutting mat and used the markings to cut across the centre to make one triangle at the bottom. Then find the middle mark of the top edge and cut from that middle mark to each bottom corner to create three more triangles.
- Match all of your mini triangles into pairs, wrong sides together. Keep in mind that if the fabric is directional, some will have the pattern upside down. I just planned to have the upside down ones on the back.
- Stitch each one together down each side about 5mm from the edge. I went down one side from the base to the point, then pivoted the triangle with the needle in the fabric near the point before sewing up the other side. I didn’t stitch the bases closed because my binding will cover that edge in the end.
- After sewing the triangles, I used pinking shears to trim a pretty zig zag edge.
- Join the triangles to your ribbon or bias binding tape. My bias binding was only 12mm wide so rather than folding it in half (as I would do with wider binding) I pinned all my triangles with the base tucked into one fold of the binding. (See the photo here) Then I used a zig zag stitch to sew straight along the length of the binding.
Hanging Your Bunting
Each year I have wanted to hang decorations on this lovely feature wall we have at our front door. But I didn’t want ugly hooks there all the time. So when I got the chance to try out some new Command Clear Hooks from 3M, I knew this would be the place to try them. I must say I’m really happy with the results!
I used the small size below called Mini Hooks that holds up to 225g and was small enough to fit onto the few flat parts of the feature brick work. The adhesive is clear as well as the hook itself, so they are barely visible from a distance. Best of all, I can remove them after Christmas and just buy extra adhesive strips to use them again next year.
I must admit I am a bit of a fan of 3M Command removable hooks. I know others who have had trouble removing them from their walls, but mine have always come off perfectly leaving no marks or holes, and I have reused many of them. I used some to mount these Rainbow Notice Boards and one high above my daughter’s bed to hang her pink faux mosquito net. We hang a wreath on our front door which has a glass panel for Christmas, so I have put a big clear hook there for this year which will much less noticeable than the white one I used last year.
Just like traditional picture hooks, the larger hooks can take more weight, and you can pick them all up from most supermarkets and other retailers starting from as little as $6.99. (Yep, that was a little ad in there, but I know you want to know!)
Now that I have few of these left over to play with, I’m considering hanging Christmas lights out on our deck. But I’ll have to get over my fear of the ladder first!
This Giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to Susan, Rebecca, Annaleis, Susanne and Pam.
I have five 3M Product Prize Packs to giveaway, each worth $36.35, so over $180 in total prize value. Each prize pack will include the entire 3M Command Clear Hooks Range:
– Mini Hooks
– Small Hooks
– Medium Hooks
– Utensil Clips
– Decorating Clips
Tell me your favourite Christmas decoration and where you would hang it with 3M Command Clear Hooks. The five most interesting and creative answers will win the prize packs. EDIT: Please leave your comment on this blog post to enter – just scroll down to the end of the post where you can add a comment
The Fine Print:
- Only one entry per person
- You must leave a valid email address for me to contact you for a valid entry
- Only open to Australian residents – apologies to my overseas readers
- Entries open with this post on Saturday 10th November and close on Monday 19th November 2012 at 8pm Brisbane time
- The five winners will be chosen by me from the valid entries and announced before 21st November. (If you want be the first to know, I suggest you look for me on Facebook and Twitter) but of course I will email the winners.
- If the winners don’t contact me, after 7 days I will choose a new winner.
- Once I have been in contact with the winners, I will pass on their details to Digital Parents Collective so they can contact you and arrange to send you your prize
- I can’t take responsibility for any issues in the delivery process
So start thinking Christmas decorating and enter now!Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for 3M via Digital Parents Collective. I received some product to review. As always I am sharing my honest opinions.