What colour scheme would you choose for a baby girl? Would you go with the traditional pink, or lean towards her bolder cousin, red? Would you steer away from tradition completely and choose blue, or green, or yellow?
My friend went with a pink and white theme for her baby girl party recently. She was planning pink and white food and decorations, and I remembered I had some bunting panels stashed away that might work for her theme.
One was various pastel shades with white, and the other panel was adorable babushka dolls in pinks, mauves and lemon. She chose the babushka dolls and it came up beautifully. This bunting was so pretty I kind of didn’t want to give it away! But I know it will be loved and enjoyed more at her house than at mine.
The back of the bunting pieces is a tiny pink and white check which I think came from my mother in law’s stash originally. It is all joined together with pale pink bias binding.
Here’s the quick “how to”…
What You Need
- Printed bunting panel – I found my panel at Spotlight
- Backing fabric enough to match your panel, mine required about 1m
- Bias binding or ribbon – I used 6m of bias binding tape
- Usual sewing supplies
What To Do
- Cut the panel and backing fabric together using this quick tip that I shared the other day – Quick Tip: Cutting Bunting Panels.
- Putting one panel piece and one backing piece right sides together, sew down one long side to the point and up the other side, lifting your presser foot and leaving your needle down at the point to pivot. Leave the top (short) side of the triangle open.
- Repeat for all your panels – I chain pieced mine: just sew the first then without cutting the thread, lift the presser foot and gently pull it out from under the needle, then place the next panel under the foot and sew the next one – this saves a lot of cutting and loose threads to trim. Once you have done all of them, snip the little joining threads to separate them.
- Turn them through and press them – again I wrote a trick for this using a simple tool you can make from cardboard – Sewing Tip: Ironing Edges.
- Fold your ribbon or bias tape in half lengthways and iron it flat so you have a long folded strip.
- Slip the raw top edges of your bunting panels into the fold and pin along the strip. Then stitch them into place, cleverly covering the raw edges inside the fold.
Don’t want to fiddle with turning through the panels? Try this tutorial for raw edged bunting:
Don’t have a printed bunting panel? This tutorial also shows how to cut your own triangles:
Looking for smaller bunting? Try this Mini Bunting Tutorial which shows how I cut a printed bunting panel into smaller triangles:
I want to prepare something similar but using an Easter theme.