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How To Make a Quick & Easy Baby Room Bunting Without Sewing a Stitch
Do you remember when we used to use needle and thread to sew with.
Well not any more...try this quick and easy and pretty idea for a babies or child's room without sewing a stitch.
Recently I visited my daughter on the beautiful Gold Coast of Queensland. For those of you who are not familiar with this part of the world the Gold Coast is called as such for it's almost year round sunshine and warm weather. One of Australia's most popular holiday destinations it is located on the East Coast of Australia at the bottom of the large state of Queensland and approximately 1000 kilometers north of Sydney. The Gold Coast is host to some of Australia's top surfing competitions; is home to Australia's best amusement parks including Dreamworld; Sea World; Movie World and Water World and has some of the best beaches and entertainment strips on the eastern seaboard.
I made the trip north for my granddaughters third birthday and to help my daughter as she is now in her third trimester of her second pregnancy. While there, in preparation for the party she decided that it would be nice to decorate for the party by making a pretty bunting to hang in my granddaughters bedroom. With party food and presents and guests to organize she decided to make the bunting with pinking shears and fabric glue and some fabric pieces that she had collected to save time. The tape was measured and bought separately.
To get started you will need:
- A selection of fabrics- half meter pieces can often be picked up inexpensively from thrift shops and in bargain bins at fabric and haberdashery stores. We chose a selection of dots, florals and stripes for contrast.
- To measure the length of the wall area where you want to hang the bunting so that you will know the correct length of tape to buy. The length will decide how many triangles of fabric you will need. We needed 17 triangles to fit across the length of the wall where we wanted to hang the bunting.
- Pinking shears - speciality scissors with a zig zag edge, available from sewing suppliers.
- Fabric Glue - available from any haberdashery or craft store.
- Binding tape - we bought three meters of flat twill tape similar to the tape that can be used on curtains and blinds, measured to the length required. We chose to hang the bunting across the length of the bedroom wall.(see photo)
- Velcro stick on dot's to keep flags in place (optional)
- Felt letters for creating the childs name (optional) you can make your own by buying different pieces of felt or other colored fabric and cutting out or you can purchase a pack of fabric letters, again available at craft, art or sewing supply places.
To complete the task you will need to:
- Decide on your size for each triangle - then measure and cut out a triangle template from cardboard keeping in mind that when it is folded it should be perfectly in line with the other side and that it is large enough to fold in two.
- Fold your fabric pieces in half so that the template can be placed on the fold of the fabric.
- Place your template with the widest side on the fold of your fabric of choice and trace around edges with fabric marking pen. Placing your template on the fold of the fabric ensures two evenly cut triangles.
- Cut out your triangles with your pinking shears keeping to the traced outline.
- Place triangles over tape, the triangles should line up evenly.
- Glue the letters on - If you want to put your child's name on the bunting it's an easy process to glue each letter in place and allow the fabric glue to dry.
- Attach adhesive Velcro spots to the inside of each triangle to hold triangles in place if needed.
- Hang bunting in place on wall.
This bunting is a cheap and easy and pretty way to decorate your child's room for a birthday party, or just for anytime. And it is a lovely and safe way when supervised to include your child in preparation for their birthday party and introduce them to the art of fabric craft ( children love to use craft glue and velcro dots and alphabet letters ) It's sure to be a winner.