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How to make Mini Bunting Flags

String of mini bunting flags

It is real easy to make Bunting Flags, but when you want to make bunting flags that last or that you want to hang on the side of a crib, you want to make mini bunting flags that are made properly and will even last a wash or three.  (You never know where they  might land up sometimes 🙂 )

I have a grandchild on its way and a crib to dress up. We all know that a crib do not necessarily need to match the decor of the baby room as the crib is normally used for a month or three in the parents bedroom.  It doesn’t take up a lot of space and the bedding is a lot easier on the wash.

Well, the project is about to start and I thought it a good idea to stick to more neutral colours and only add some colour with a string of Mini Bunting Flags and a matching cushion to support the baby when lying on his side.

I have the pattern for you to download and print here

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How to make your Mini Bunting String:

1.  Download and Print your pattern. Cut out.

2.  Cut your triangles from a double layer of material in different colours.

3.  Follow the instructions on the video to put your triangles together.

Here are few close-ups of what your work should look like:

CUT OUT YOUR TRIANGLES

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STITCH, TURN, USE A SHARP TOOL TO NEATEN THE BOTTOM CORNER, FOLD THE TOP CORNERS AND RAW EDGE

 

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FOLD OVER, INSERT TAPE OR RIBBON AND STITCH DOWN

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VOILA!!

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I have the most adorable silky sheer white material to dress the crib with.  Now I am all motivated to have it finished in the next week.

Have fun making Bunting Strings in all your favourite colours.  It is very easy to simply enlarge the pattern supplied by increasing the centimeters and connecting the tip of the triangle to side end. Then adding the seam allowance.  You can have any size of triangle you wish.  Polycottons are very affordable, are easy to work with and they come in every colour and print design imaginable.

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An easy way to finish the neckline of a t-shirt or stretch-knit top

Looking for a quick and easy way to finish the neckline of a t-shirt you just made?  Looking for something different than the regular way to finish the neckline?

Then you have to try the style I show below.

How to:

Lay the T-shirt flat on the table.

Measure the width of the neckline from shoulder to shoulder.

Add another 1.5 cm for the seam.

x 2 to find the length of the neckband.

The width can be +- 3 or 4 cm, seam included.

Fold in half, wrong side out.

Stitch the neck back seam.

Find centre back and centre front of the t-shirt neckline as well as on the band.

Pin the band to the neck accordingly.

Stitch seam. Turn upwards.

Use your double needle to topstitch the neckline.

Take small lengths of the raw edge between your fingers and stre-e-e-tch to allow the stretch-knit fabric to curl to the outside.

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Voila!

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Sewing is Fun: Sewing in a straight line

Today will be a great day to sew in straight line.  No wine on the side, with my packet of aim next to me.

It really isn’t that difficult to sew in straight line.  All it takes is a little bit of practice.

Find a number of scrap pieces of material with lines and blocks.  You will get even better practice if the different samples are from a variety of different types of material, like:  woven, thick, thin, stretchy or very stretchy.  Use the pieces in a single layer as well as in a double layer.

Practice, practice, even if that is all you do for a whole morning:

  • Us the straight stitches as well as the zig zag stitches.
  • Alter between different lengths of stitches.
  • Practice to sew in a straight line along the stripes.
  • Alternate to the left and to the right of the stripe.
  • Turn the material and move from one stripe to the next.
  • Practice on a broad stripe and keep the stitching to the center of the stripe

If you can’t find material with stripes and lines, you can always draw a few straight lines with a ruler and stitch on those!

See a few examples.

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If your sewing machine has a speed selector, use it. Set it at the slowest speed and slowly push it up as you gain control over your material and manage to stitch in a straight line, until you can run like a hare and leave the tortoise behind.

Practice! The more control you have over the material, the more you will love to sew.

Till next lesson,

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Sewing is Fun: The Basic Tools you will start with

Just like any hobby, sewing can have a whole room full of tools, and boxes full of material, cottons, bobbins, ribbons, lace and elastic.

There are Basic Tools you will have to have if you want to take on the sewing hobby.

This is the core tools that you will use every day and every time you sew.

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Basic Sewing Tools

As you will see on the photo, these are the tools I use daily, and boy are they used!

Now I am sure your first question will be: “What is the tin of tuna doing with the sewing tools!” 🙂

Well, the tuna is not in case you get hungry…

Tuna tins make ideal weights to keep your material down when you use your rotary cutter to cut material!  I have a selection of 5 tins ranging from a few months old to about 19 yrs… – Please do not attempt to open and eat –  You will die instantly! 

Where to Start collecting your Sewing Tools

  1. First you will need a good size table to work on. If you can have your own table rather than the dining room table – Perfect.  If you are in the lucky position to choose a table of your own, you should opt for a table of which either the length or the width is at least 1.5 m as most of the rolls of material for clothing and crafts are the average width of between 1.2 m and 1.4 m.
  2. Your second purchase (depending on what you can afford first) will be the plastic sheet you will use to cut on, with your rotary cutter –  available from most larger sewing suppliers. Cut this sheet to exactly the same size as your cutting table.  I leave my cutting sheet on my table even when I cut with a pair scissors.  Actually I do most of my crafts with the sheet on the table.  You can turn the sheet over once the one side have too many cutting marks.  It cleans off easily with water and detergent, should you mess paint or glue on your sheet while doing other hobbies.
  3. There are two sizes of rotary cutters to choose from.  The large blade rotary cutter is perfect for clothing and larger projects and the small blade rotary cutter is useful when you cut smaller objects, tiny circles and narrow corners.  For fashion sewing you should never need the smaller blade rotary cutter.  I would buy the large blade rotary cutter for fashion sewing, to start with.
  4. Invest in a really good pair of Sewing Scissors.  Never cut anything else with that scissors – no paper etc.  Promise your whole household what would happen to them if they dare touch your pair of sewing scissors! I have been using the same orange Wilkinson Sword Scissors for the past +- 30 years.  😉
  5. Quality, long, thin, sharp pins are essential to have for every project you attempt.
  6. You will use the short ruler guide when measuring hems and the distance between buttonholes etc.  The longer metal ruler comes in handy when you have measure straight longer distances and draw lines on the material.
  7. Buy a selection of needles for handsewing as well variety of the different needles you will need for your sewing machine and overlocker.  The Universal needles are for woven materials (cottons, linens, polyesters etc.)  the Stretch needles are used for cotton knits, jerseys and all stretchy materials.
  8. It is a good idea to have a Stretch Double needle 4.0mm width available to insert hems on T-shirts, lycras, tracksuits and other stretchy items.
  9. The tape measure should be of a soft plastic with good measurement markings. It should start 0 and not on 1 cm and end at least 150cm.
  10. The watersoluble ink marker is used to trace markers and notches onto the fabric. It rinses very easily and will disappear by wetting it thoroughly.
  11. Last but definitely not least is the handy unpicking tool.  Great to use when you have to unpick any seams (mistakes and oopsies) as well as to cut open sewn buttonholes.

 

 Get all your Basic Sewing Tools ready, together with your cleaned and serviced sewing machine and/or overlocker.

Let’s Start Sewing!