A while back I made a paper Easter egg garland to hang from our little fake mantel. While it was adorable, Easter has passed and we’re on our way into summer now, so I decided to make something new to celebrate the season. I put together a no-sew summer flower bunting, and I just love it!
It’s so fun and happy, and it’s perfect to brighten up the kitchen a little bit! Plus it was a super quick and easy craft, especially since I didn’t have to pull out the sewing machine!!! Fabric projects I can do without lugging that giant monster in and out of the closet are the best! I used Silhouette’s clean cut fabric interfacing, and it all ironed together in just a few minutes. So simple. 🙂
DIY No Sew Summer Fabric Bunting
Here’s what you need to make your own adorable flower bunting:
- colorful cotton fabric for the flowers, make sure to have yellow for the centers and green for the stems! (I used a fat quarter bundle like this one to get a few varying colors all at once and it was way more than enough fabric, I have lots leftover)
- Silhouette clean cut fabric interfacing
- canvas fabric for the background
- baker’s twine
- a hot glue gun
- a Cameo (or a Portrait, or scissors, or an Xacto knife)
The first thing you need to do is cut out your fabric shapes. I used my Cameo for this cuz, let’s face it, it’s much easier that way!!! But a good pair of scissors will do in a pinch 🙂
If you like the shape of the flowers I made, I have uploaded the templates here!
The interfacing is important for the cutting part, because it will make your fabric stiff enough to run through the Cameo. So start by cutting a piece of interfacing about an inch bigger than the design you’re cutting out. Lay it down on the back side of a piece of fabric, rough and bumpy side down, and iron for about 2 seconds to attach it to your fabric. Cut your fabric down to just slightly larger than the piece of interfacing.
From there it’s really simple! Just peel the paper backing off of the interfacing, then place the fabric, shiny plastic side down, onto your cutting mat, and run it through your Cameo or Portrait on the fabric cutting settings.
Once the Cameo was done cutting, all I had to do was peel the fabric up off the mat. Look how clean those cut edges are, no frays or anything!
Once you have all of your shapes cut out, the next step is to put together the individual buntings.
Cut your canvas into a bunch of long, skinny equilateral triangles. The exact size or shape isn’t important, just make sure the flowers will fit on top of it! I just cut the canvas into roughly similar triangles, and left the edges raw so that they would fray and give it a rustic look.
Each of my buntings was made up of a green stem piece, a yellow center circle piece, and two colored flower petal pieces. Lay each piece down and iron it onto the canvas triangle for about two seconds. You can easily overlap them without any issue, and if you have a really steady hand you can put all four pieces down at once and iron them at the same time instead of doing it four separate times.
Once your flower is ironed on, fold over the top of the bunting (towards the back!) about 1/4 inch and iron in the fold. When you’re done, each bunting should look like this cutie:
Once you have made each individual bunting, you need to string them all together! I figured the cutest way to do that would be with baker’s twine because you have so many color options. Cut a piece of twine to the correct length for your mantel (or shelf, or doorway, or whatever!) and then figure out how far apart each bunting needs to be. It requires a bit of math, or a good eye, but it’s simple enough. I knew I was going to hang mine in sets of three, so I made sure each third of the twine had three buntings, evenly spaced.
Once the placement is set, all you need to do is glue your bunting onto the twine. I found the simplest way to do this was to put a few dabs of hot glue inside the crease you ironed into the top of the bunting. Then push the twine into the crease, fold the canvas down on top of it, and press down to make sure the glue holds it all together.
Glue on each of the buntings, and you’re done! All that’s left is to hang it up, stand back, and admire!
Have you updated your decor for summer yet?
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