Maz Makes… Nursery Bunting!
This month, the lovely Maz has been working on a very special project… if you read last month’s entry, you’ll remember that the pitter patter of tiny of feet was imminent, and Maz was soon to have another grandchild – well this month, she takes us through the gorgeous bunting she created to bring a kaleidoscope of colour to the little one’s nursery! Designed to coordinate withe the existing nursery theme, Maz explains how she selected colours, fabrics and motifs, then shows you exactly how to put fabric bunting together! Check out her post below, and discover colourful inspiration for your next sewing project!
Hello dear readers!
Sincere apologies for the lack of recent blogs. I have been a little distracted by preparations for, and the arrival of, a beautiful baby girl – our fourth grandchild!
This blog is about making the bunting for her nursery that I mentioned in my last post, so without further ado, let’s dive into the project!
As the nursery had been planned around Jools Oliver’s Little Bird Range, it seemed natural to use this as the inspiration for fabric and motif choice. This was made so much easier by the downloadable PDF sheets of many of Jools’ designs on the Mothercare website. Not only did these sheets provide hours of colouring fun for expectant cousins, they also helped to make said cousins feel part of the preparation activities. The colours the children used also helped me decide the colour felt to use for the motifs… definitely a win-win activity!
- Selection of cotton fat quarter fabrics for the bunting flags
- Plain lightweight cotton for the lining of the flags
- Selection of coloured felt for the applique motifs
- Matching sewing thread
- 2.5cm wide bias binding
- Motif designs (I used the Little Bird colouring-in PDFs, shrunk and simplified to fit on our flags)
- Card to use as template for flags
- Pointy tool for pushing out flag points
- Fabric Glue
- Dressmakers Pencil
- Sewing machine
Decide on the length of bunting and size of individual flags required, so you can create a template.
Using sturdy card, cut out your flag template, and remember to add a seam allowance!
Using your template to guide you, mark up your fabric as shown.
Next, cut out your flag shapes, plus lining for each individual flag.
Pin your lining pieces to your flags, right sides facing one another.
Using your sewing machine, sew a straight seam down each side of the pinned flag, leaving the upper edge open, then trim the seams keeping them as narrow as possible at the point, as shown below.
Next, turn the flags right-side-out using a pointy tool to push out the points, and press the seams flat.
Cut your applique designs into pieces large enough to cut out in felt, and to stitch around. Now choose your applique motif colours, and cut out felt pieces. Assemble the designs atop your flags, holding them in place using small amounts of fabric glue.
Using straight stitch and matching thread, machine-stitch each applique element into place.
Top Tip: Use a thread colour to match the flag lining for the lower thread colour; this is neater and saves time when changing thread colours to match the felt.
Once all applique motifs have been stitched into place, choose the sequence of the flags, and arrange them ready for binding.
Allowing a short gap between flags (I allowed 5cm) pin these into place on the bias binding.
Top Tip: If using a long length of binding, keep this in a ball in a bag, with the opening of the bag pinned three quarters shut, to avoid the binding becoming tangled as you work.
Machine-stitch thr binding using matching thread, then once complete, give the flags a quick press to freshen them up!
In my next blog I’ll explain exactly how to make the pom pom wall hanging, you can see here below the finished bunting!
‘Til next time,
P.S. Our new granddaughter arrived six hours after the bunting went up – how’s that for timing?!