Published on November 1st, 2008 | by Julie Finn20
DIY Denim: Give Your Recycled Bunting Some Personality
Okay, so remember when I said that there’s nothing more festive than a bunting? Well, I lied. There is one thing on Earth that is more festive than a bunting: a PERSONALIZED bunting! Follow along with me as I totally become the birthday party hero by making personalized buntings for two of my daughter’s little friends (You know what they say about November birthdays, right? Happy Valentine’s Day!).
You will need: your recycled denim bunting, freezer or sticker paper, pre-washed wool or acrylic felt (wool felt will shrink a lot!), matching thread, a glue stick, a free-motion presser foot if you’ll be doing machine-applique
1. Make a template for your applique. Letters or simple, stencil-like images are all good choices–you’ll need a simple and large design because, although you’ll only be putting one letter or image on each individual pennant flag, they’ll still need to be discernable from a distance. Names and holidays are fun to do–you can use a variety of free fonts available online (these are usually only for your personal use, not for creating an object for selling), or a font editor program to create your own awesomeness. Measure your pennant flag and expand your font size accordingly.
2. Print your design as a mirror image onto either sticker paper or freezer paper.
3. Iron your freezer paper to your felt or stick on your sticker paper.
4. Using the paper as your template, cut around the images, then peel away the paper from the felt to reveal your appliques.
5. Use a glue stick to temporarily adhere each felt image to its pennant flag (be careful not to warp the felt by pushing at it with your glue stick).
6. If you’re hand-sewing, use your favorite stitch (may I suggest the blanket stitch?) to sew each felt applique to its pennant flag. If you’re machine-sewing, lower the feed dogs and use a free-motion presser foot (sometimes known as a darning foot or a quilting foot) to carefully top-stitch around each applique–being felt, they won’t ravel.
7. Your bunting is super-awesome now. Admire it.
For extra jazz, feel free to stitch on beads, sequins, commercial appliques, rick-rack, etc. A bunting just can’t be too tacky festive!