How to Make Bunting

Supplies bunting

Making fabric bunting is really easy if you have the right tools. I would not have done this without my Olfa Rotary Cutting Set. This is a must have for a many crafts, especially quilts (which we’ll get to eventually). I’m going to be honest, I think JoAnn Fabrics has a better price on these than Amazon, whether you wait till they’re on sale or use a weekly coupon.

You can get triangle templates by the quilting supplies of your local craft store, but it’s just as easy to cut a template yourself. My triangles are 8 inches long and 5 inches at their widest. If you want to get really precise, you can use a protractor to get your proportions exact. My triangle has two 75 degree angles and one 30 degree angle for the point.

The key to a successful sewing project is a hot iron. Really. Iron your fabric and cut it into 8 inch wide strips. Use your template and the omnigrid ruler to cut out your triangles. The rotary cutter will make this so much easier than using scissors so I really recommend picking up a set. Once you have your triangles cut, play with the arrangement of your different patterns to see what you like best.

Bunting 2Take your double fold bias tape (I used 1/2 inch wide) and slip the triangle between the fold. You can measure out the distance between each triangle and pin it in place or you can just eye-ball it. I prefer to eye-ball it as I’m feeding it into the sewing machine. Your thread should match your bias tape or if you want it could be a contrasting color. I used a straight stitch, but you could see how you like the zig-zag stitch. If you’re using a hot glue gun, just put a thin line of glue along the top of the triangle and press down the bias tape. You’ll have to flip it over and repeat on the other side. If you’re going to use glue, I would iron out the bias tape before gluing the fabric.

After sewing (or gluing), it’s time to iron again. Spray the bunting with starch and go to town. I used cotton quilting fabrics, so that means high heat. Make sure you follow the iron settings depending on the fabric you’re using. Avoid ironing over areas you have used glue. I don’t do any sort of finishing on the edges. Chances are these are for a one time event and you just need something that can be thrown together quickly. Especially if the event is inside, you probably won’t have any issues with fraying edges if you use 100% cotton fabric. The bunting in this tutorial was used for my bridal shower (which was outside) and they were blowing around all day without issue.

Now if your children decide to play with them, I’m not making any guarantees.

Happy crafting!
-Auntie Kelley

Simple DIY Baby Shower

This is somewhat of a throwback post, but I was (and am) so proud of these decorations I wanted to share. These are my go-to decorations for most events nowadays and this was the first time I had ever made them. Now I can’t stop making them because they are so simple.

One of my good friends was having her first baby and I threw her a shower. The colors she used in her baby room were yellow, orange, and grey. Of course, I used those colors for her shower decorations. 

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Baby Shower Banner

I used a DCWV Paper Stack called Lemon Flower for my paper. These are really quite cheap if you wait for them to go on sale. They’re often 40% off whenever the craft stores are having sales on scrap booking supplies. My go-tos Joann Fabrics and Michael’s have coupons every week too, so you can most likely get a stack of 50 sheets for $10. My only complaint is that they’re not double sided (I know…picky picky). It was easy enough cut out a triangle for a template and trace away. I was able to find a pack of pre-cut letters at Dollar Tree for the banner. Next I hole punched each corner to string a length of twine through all of them. Command Hooks are my best friend, I always keep a bunch on hand for hanging temporary decorations.

Tissue Poofs (or Pom-Poms)

I made lots of tissue poofs. I followed my nemesis’s tutorial. Again, check out Dollar Tree, you’d be surprised at the variety of wrapping materials. Make sure to look at your square footage though. If you’re really looking for a bargain, the price per square foot may be cheaper at another store. I used ribbon and Command Hooks to hang them from the ceiling. These have a potential to make a big impact if you make a lot of them. Still wishing I had made more!

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Bunting

I bought different orange and yellow fat quarters (if you don’t speak fabric, a fat quarter is a pre-cut 18”x22” rectangle of fabric that you can buy at most fabric stores) and made some bunting. They looked very nice in front of the window and across the table. Plus, she took home the bunting afterwards to use in the nursery. These are simple to make if you have a sewing machine (or a hot glue gun) and I will post a more in depth tutorial at a later date. 

Paper Garland

I also made a paper garland, which isn’t terribly visible in this picture. I used a Fiskars circle lever punch to get 2″ circles and attached them to yellow and grey ribbons with double sided tape. Nowadays I use my sewing machine for that as well. Look for a tutorial soon!

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Shower Games

Instead of shower games (which can be sometimes embarrassing and always silly), I set up a group craft project. I got plain onesies (which was surprisingly difficult to find gender neutral ones, as the baby’s gender was a secret). I put out the cotton fabrics I had accumulated, including some fat quarters I bought for the occasion, and everyone cut out shapes to decorate a onesie of their choice! It was fun and baby got some more clothes out of it. More Command Hooks and twine and we were able to display our finished work. It was a lot of fun, and mommy had onesies to remember each of us while home with baby.

What I did ask everyone to do was guess when the baby would be born and how much he/she would weigh. I assembled prizes for each to be given out after the baby was born. Wouldn’t you know, two people were right on the money with their guesses.

Favors

The favors, which I do not have pictures of, were adorable (if I say so myself). The shower was in June, so I was able to find miniature terracotta pots at Dollar Tree (4 for $1!). I put a yellow or orange marigold in each of them.

Food & Atmosphere

My friend loves Disney, so I picked up some old Disney soundtrack records at Half Price Books to make it festive. We had a chili spread that was inspired by this. Of course, theirs was much lovelier than mine. #partygoals, amiright? We kept it simple with chili (and fixings like sour cream and cheese), chips, cookies, and cake. 

I look forward to sharing more party ideas with you in the future! Look out for tutorials for decorations soon.

-Auntie Kelley

First Father’s Day

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 NikoAndLily’s Etsy

For our first craft, we’re honoring dear old (or young) dad. I decided to go with the classic (and relatively easy) project of foot and hand prints. You will need the following supplies for this project:

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If you do not have a Fiskars Paper Trimmer, I highly recommend picking one up (if you have a JoAnn Fabrics near you, you will mostly likely be able to get one for less than $10 with their weekly coupons. I get a coupon texted to my phone pretty much every Thursday). It makes getting straight lines a dream. Of course, scissors will do for this project if you have a steady hand. Cut out four (4) 5.25” by 7.25” rectangles.

Danae let me borrow her Little Man for this project. So we covered her kitchen counter with paper bags and set up the paint and paper. Danae held Little Man while I painted his left foot with Martha Stewarts’s Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Deep Sea. Then we pressed his foot onto each rectangle without reapplying paint to get a range of prints. A wet paper towel and the kitchen sink was handy to clean him up.

We took a little break (about an hour, because we got to talking) to let the foot prints dry before moving onto his hand. Hands are the tricky part (prepare to get messy) and Little Man could only have so much patience for us. But he stuck it out with us while I painted his hands with Martha Stewarts’s Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Root Beer Float and spread his hand open onto each paper.

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Danae liked #3 the best. I let it dry for about 48 hours before writing on it. I wrote very lightly in pencil first, and then went over that with the Micron. I used the .05 because that’s what I had on hand, but I wish I had bought the .08 for this.

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Let the ink dry for another 48 hours before you attempt to erase the pencil. I recommend using a kneaded eraser instead of the eraser on the back of your pencil. It looks like grey putty and you can find it by the charcoal and pencils in your local craft store. It leaves a lot cleaner image behind than your standard pink eraser. After that I lined up the print behind the matte and secured it with a two small pieces of painters tape.

And voila! The finished project:

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Auntie Kelley