diy {quilt piece bunting}

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I have a few rules when going to thrift stores, estate sales & flea markets.

1. I set a spending limit and don’t go over unless it is the deal of the decade. This helps me walk away from things I’m not 100% on.

2. If I love it and it is a great price…I buy and then figure out what to do with it later (unless it is really big).

3. I try to stick to certain themes that work together (beachy colors, primitive items,  turquoise anything)

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With that being said months ago I found a bag of cut quilting pieces for $1.00. I loved the fabric, but had no plan on how I’d use them.  Previously, I made garden flags out of some of them. Next I thought I would make a quilt with them, but after talking to my grandma I realized the pieces were cut for a Double Wedding Ring quilt which is far beyond my sewing abilities. So…they’ve been stuck in a bag waiting for a new life. Now they are nearly 4 yards of cute bunting:)

Supplies:

Fabric pieces in a mix of patterns and colors

1/2 inch bias tape
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I didn’t cut my pieces, but if you need to they are about 1 1/4 inch at the bottom and 2 inches at the top.

Step 1: Place two pieces together facing each other

Step 2: Sew 3 sides. I just kept going instead of cutting between each one
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After you’ve got them all stitched, trim the edges and cut a little slit in the bottom corners. This helps the corners not get bunched when you turn it right side out.
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Turn right side out and iron.
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Space them side by side as you sew them to the bias tape. I folded my bias tape as I stitched. There are probably better ways to do this, but I often try to sew in the least amount of steps. If your fabric is bigger you’d probably want wider bias tape.
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So festive and fun. I know bunting is a big trend right now, but I really like the practical aspects of the trend. Once made it can be reused over and over. You can take a plain room and make it look like a party just by putting up your bunting. I think I will keep mine up all winter when I am depressed it is cold outside.
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How about a little peek at her 2 year old pictures? This picture makes me happy (there are so many more…to be posted next week)

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If you don’t want to make your own bunting (or you need a better pattern) here are some fun versions I found on etsy:

Candy Kirby Designs, The Ruffly Owl, Freyadays, SparklePower, A Cottage Life

(I quite obviously got the idea to wrap my bunting around a wooden spool from A Cottage Life’s mini bunting and mini spools)

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  • angie - i LOVE the 2yr old pic! what a lovely idea!! just made a pillowcase dress for emery…they are SO cute!

  • quarts d'una - wow!!! i want it!!! :)
    it’s perfect!

  • Fee - Wow, I’m impressed. I really don’t know how to sew, so i’m easy to impress, but this one really seems to have taken some time and love. I love it!! You are such a impressive person in general. Four kids and you still manage to do so many great things…

  • LeeH - You could cut letters with a Silhouette and sew them to bias tape for a cute banner

  • giozi - Congratulations for the little princess

  • kari signe - great post! i have been wanting to do this for my daughter’s room so this is perfect timing. well done!

  • Tasha - That’s adorable!! I love the unique shape of the flags, you usually just see them in triangles. :) Such a cute way to use quilt pieces!

  • Courtney - so cute! I just finished about 40 yards of bunting for my daughter’s playroom…it is so happy and bright, I smile each and every time I walk by!

  • Sarah Pratt - So Cute!! I LOVE the picture of your daughter!!!

  • Dana Laymon Photography - she is so bloody cute! i can’t wait to see the rest of her pictures!

  • Nicole - did you MAKE Firecracker’s dress? OMG – LOVE! love the photo setups as always…:)

  • Amanda - love it! especially the old fabric you used.
    weeee can’t wait to see the big 2 year olds photoshoot. i know my heart will melt even more for a little girl. sniff… she’s so darn cute with those curls and cowlick. :)

  • robyn - I love bunting and all the variations and uses for it. I’m going to try to do one for our 4th of July birthday party. I probably have some bias tape still in the package somewhere. It will be some quick slam it together sewing. Bunting is so festive, I don’t think you can go wrong. Thanks for the inspiration!!! Love it!

  • Tammy Kay - Ashley, you never cease to amaze me! The bunting is adorable and so is your little Firecracker :)

  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - That picture of Firecracker is beautiful! I wish we were neighbors in the worst way: you have amazing ideas Ashley!
    P.S. My hobby-lovin husband saw your post on Noodling; now he really wants to try it. Thanks alot:)
    xo

  • amy - brilliant…brilliant brilliant brillant BRILLANT…ALWAYS want to buy quilting squares…never know what t do with them…YOU. ARE. BRILLIANT. pinning this!

  • Amanda - Too fun… I have BOXES of vintage {ie: so ugly it’s cute} fabric from quilting biddies that my grandma knows… I’ve just been trying to find a user friendly project to use it with! This is eaking towards the top of the list. ;)

  • Susan - Super Cute!!

  • Carrie - So cute…. I notice the books in one of your pictures – I would be so curious to know what books you find inspiring and fun to look at…a blog post maybe? Or perhaps you have already done that and I missed it :)

  • Karen H - So cute! It looks like it is fabric cut from feedsacks of the 1930-1940′s. You can buy reproduction fabrics of this era now, they are quite popular. However, there is no way it would cost you a dollar! That was quite a score! And I love that shape!…btw, a double wedding ring quilt is tough to make with so many curved seams–this was a great idea!!! You are brilliant.

  • Jenny B. - Cute bunting! Love the picture of Firecracker. Everything in it is so pretty!

  • kiley - love that the pieces are so teensy! CUTE!!!

  • Debbie - All of your crafts this week are so cool and inspiring. Just love your blog…the colors, the mood, the photos, you rock

  • cailan - Cutest bunting I have ever seen – I can’t believe how amazing that fabric is!

  • Kathie - Way too cute!! Love her 2 year old picture too!! :D I just recently made my own bunting out of some random scrapbook paper I had laying around! Now I just may have to do the same with a bunch of scrap fabric I have! Love your great creative ideas! :D

  • meg duerksen - gorgeous.

  • Debbie - That pic of your daughter is gorgeous! I love everything about it! Your bunting looks great no matter where you use it. Thanks for the idea. :)

  • Jennifer - Great post! I love bunting!!!!:)

  • Heidi - How lovely! I’ve had this on my list of to-do’s for quite some time. I love how your bunting turned out!

  • brianne - Ooh great idea on the spool – we have a bunch of of those around our place and that would be a great use for them.

  • Jeannette - Thanks for the info – I was planning on trying this for Corban’s birthday with some cute superman logo fabric I found. I can’t wait to try!

  • Margaret - Oh my oh my oh my! I LOVE this bunting…so simple and cute! I’m definitely adding something like this on my list of things to make for my daughter’s nursery! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • Carrie Rosalind - LOVE it! I’ve seen so many different types of bunting, but this one is my new favorite!!

  • Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis - So incredibly cute!

  • Sarah D - What fabric is Firecracker’s dress made out of? It is adorable!

  • Courtney Henson - Darling bunting! Love the shape of it! I adore vintage quilts so this fabric is right up my alley! And thanks for giving a shout out to me and my shop!

    Courtney from A Cottage Life

  • Vickie Mason - OMG! That is such a cute picture of your baby girl. I LOVE the dress and headband :)

  • Julien Denoyer - I absolutely love your blog!!! Your photography is just gorgeous, really enjoy the various projects you get into, will be following you on a regular basis!!!

  • Amanda B. - I wish I had seen this a couple weeks ago…I couldn’t leave the house with a napping baby and had to bring bunting (well, outdoor garage sale flags) and decided to cut apart shopping bags and sew them together. My friends thought I was crazy, but it turned out really cool and used up lots of bags and cost me nothing since I had the ribbon I sewed them to already. :)

    I will need to try to make a more festive bunting soon!

  • Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft - Oh, that two year old pic is enough to make my heart melt! Can’t wait to see the rest. :)

  • Ranee - love it. one of the cutest buntings I’ve seen!!

  • mary Sue - ok where did you get that beautiful dress!!! Do tell…

  • Dacia - This is amazing! You inspire me every single day. Thank you for including my banner at the end. :)

  • jodi - I found a bunch of this at a yard sale too! Plus octagon pieces that were already sewn into large diamonds that I have put on my new baby daughters walls and turned into double-sided pillows for her as well. I’ve just use the smaller pieces (like yours) to cut out with a bird stencil and iron on to handmade cards. I think I’ll use your idea too! Yay!!

  • LK - I am in love with your 2 year photo. I may have to use this idea next year when we have pictures taken again. Fabulous idea – outdoor shoot, boutique dress, beautiful daughter – what more could you want!?

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  • Linda - Hi I Really Like your great tutorials!!!

    I Link to you on my Blog,

    http://paneamoreecreativita.it/blog/2011/07/raccolta-di-progetti-di-cucito-creativo-per-lestate

    Thanks for sharing :-)

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  • Mindy Carlson - Hey, just found this on Pinterest and it’s perfect for a box of vintage scraps I found at an Estate Sale, too. Thanks for the idea!

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