- new york bride 13
- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I love bunting, so I thought I’d put together a tutorial in case anyone is looking for some inspiration!
- Neutral colored felt
- Stitch Wizard No Sew Fusible Bonding (or any fusible bonding I assume)
- Ironing Board
- Kitchen Towel
- Acrylic Paint
- Sponge Paint Brush
- Hot Glue Gun
Time: 1 hour active, 8 hours drying time
Cut out a tracer pennant. Now, you can do this out of paper, but I make banners a lot, so I know what measurements I like to use, so I did this with my felt. It saved me all of 5 minutes, but hey, that’s my 5 minutes!
For this size: Take a 9″ x 9″ square. Mark a dot along the bottom of the square at 4.5″. Draw a line connecting the top right corner to the dot. Repeat with the top left corner. Cut along the lines. Viola! A bunt.*This method can be used for any size measurements, just make sure the dot is centered along the bottom of the square/rectangle, draw your connecting lines and cut 🙂
Trace your template onto felt. You will need to repeat this until you have enough. For this bunting, I needed 4 pieces, so I did this four times.
Cut out all your felt triangles.
Lay one felt triangle flat on your ironing board. Place a strip of Stitch Witchery along each side of the triangle.*NOTE* You can add twine now, by sandwiching it between the burlap, felt and heat bonding this. I realized it after I was done. I did it on all my other banners. It definitely was easier! For this tutorial I attached it in Step 9. That also worked out just fine!
Lay a piece of burlap on top of the felt triangle, being careful not to knock the strips off and to cover the entire triangle. Iron as directed on the package (mine required a damp towel to be placed on top of the fabric, which is what you see in the pictures).
Cut out your pennant using the felt triangle as a guide. *NOTE* If you added the twine in Step 4, be really careful cutting so as not to cut off the twine!
The front will look like this when you are done.
Use your stencil to paint on the letters. If you are using a store bought stencil skip to Step 7. If you’d like to make your own stencil, see the directions below.
Cut out the letters you want to use out of poster board using a die cutting machine, or cut them by hand with an exacto knife. *Note, when I run poster board through my eClips, I set it on heavy weight card stock and tape the board to the cutting mat using painters tape, to avoid it lifting up.
Carefully remove the letter from the board, and leave just the negative. Cut out each negative to be your stencil, leaving enough room around the sides to protect the burlap from unwanted paint. Run the negative of the image through a Xyron machine loaded with temporary adhesive. Adhere the stencil to your burlap.
Using the paint brush, sponge the paint over the stencil. Depending on the colors you are using, one coat may be enough or you may need two. This banner needed two, but I also made some with orange, and they only needed one.
Remove the stencils. Let the paint dry overnight, or at least for a few hours.
Attach twine to the back of the bunting. Now, I realized after I made this that I could have put the twine in between the felt and the burlap way back in Step 4, but I didn’t. (I did for all the other banners I made and it worked out great) So instead, the hot glue gun and I became friends. I assume you can also sew the twine on? That will remain an assumption on my part!
Enjoy your bunting!