DIY Bunting Cupcake Toppers

It has been crazy busy at the Crosstitchery household, getting ready and planned for one of my best friend’s kitchen tea / hen’s in the lead up to her wedding.

We celebrated it this weekend with a bohemian themed day & night adventure. It’s been about 2 months in the planning, so to have it go off without just a few minor hitches was a HUGE relief – I really just wanted my friend to have an amazing day and night to remember, and I’m 99% sure that is the case .. so big win!

I catered a lot of the food for the event, including some cupcakes for the afternoon tea portion. I had originally ordered some handmade heart cupcake toppers and confirmed prior to ordering, that I would receive them by the 15th of January, as I needed them on the 16th of January.

Unfortunately, they didn’t arrive on the 15th, and with the event the very next day I was scrambling to make some cupcake toppers for the next day. I finished work late, so no shops were open and I had to make do with things I had around our house.

Cue – fabric sticky tape bunting toppers!

These were SO easy to make, I made 24 in about 15 minutes and they’re just so adorably cute.

I grabbed some fabric tape that I had laying around (the gods were looking down on me in the stressful time I think!), and I cut a 3cm (~ 1″) strip, wrapped it around a toothpick, and then just snipped inwards on either side to create the bunting look.

The overall flag size was about 1.5cm (0.6″) which was perfect for the cupcakes I made.

Just wanted to share this really quick, simple DIY as it’s too easy (and cute!) for me not to share with you guys.

My friend had an amazing day and night, and we made some awesome memories to celebrate her wedding coming up shortly. I feel very lucky to be included in such a special time as her Maid of Honour.

In other craft news, I’ve got an order for a, ’50 Shades of Grey,’ inspired cushion, 1 more Harry Potter sample cross stitch /cushion to complete, and a potential baby quilt to make, so there’s a fair bit on the go in our household at the moment. I cannot wait to start playing around with the new fabrics I posted about previously – I just need a bit of spare time up my sleeve to have a play! :)

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DIY Easy 10 Step Floral Bunting

My latest commission is for 6m of bunting .. For you folk with the imperial system, 6m = 6.56 yard, or 236 inches – yep, that is a lot of bunting!

My client requested such a large amount in a continuous length, as they’re setting up for a business stall and want bunting all across the roof. This bunting is double sided, so it’s pretty from all angles!

Business Bunting (1)My client supplied the fabric this time round, and I LOVE it! Amazing pinks and greens which make me think of glorious summer days :)

Here’s a photo of it cut and stitched together, with the edged pinked.

I thought I’d supply some steps for anyone wanting to make their own bunting.

 
 

DIY Floral Bunting

You’ll require fabric, stabiliser (if you fabrics are lightweight), bias binding, and coordinating thread.

1. Pick your fabrics, as many or as few as you’d like. My client gave me 5 fabrics for this bunting. Keep in  mind when selecting your bunting that light weight fabrics will require stabiliser to give it some weight.

2. Cut out a template for your bunting. There’s no right or wrong here. You can make it as large or as small as you want. I usually cut my fabric to 6.5″ (w) x 7.5″ (h).

3. With your fabric wrong side to wrong side (pretty side of fabric facing down  and up), cut your flags using your template. Remember that 1 flag requires 2 pieces of fabric, assuming you want it double sided. The amount of flags required will depend on what bunting length you require. When measuring, keep in mind whether you would like a gap between the flags. Once again, this is personal preference.

For this commission, I used 6 flag per 1m, with no gaps in between the flags.

4. Sew a seam allowance of 0.5″ around the left and right side of the flags – there is no need to stitch the top of the flag as this will be seam when we add the bias binding. Add the stabiliser to the middle of the 2 fabrics when sewing, if required.

5. Pink the edges. I like to leave a fair gap between the edge of the fabric and my stitch line, but you can decrease this gap if you want. If you do this, reduce your seam allowance to 0.25″.

6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 until you have the number of flags required.

7. Take your bias binding and iron it length ways, so there is a crisp mid section for the binding. I find this step really helpful, but it’s one that is really easy to overlook.  This mid section will be helpful when you place the bunting to be sewn.

8. Arrange your flags in whatever order you would like. For this commission, I kept the same pattern the whole way through. You could do whatever pattern you’d like though.

Binding9. Once arrange in your desired pattern, place the top of your flags right up into the mid section of your binding. Sew down, and place your next flag in the mid section. When placing your next flag, you can keep a gap, or you can overlap the corner of the bunting slightly. If you keep a gap, make sure it is consistent!

I personally like no gaps in my bunting, so I slightly overlap the corners.

10. Get rid of any small off cuts, and iron your bunting – now you’re all finished!

Here’s what the bunting looks like all finished.

Business Bunting (4)

Bunting

I just wanted to share how cute the packaging for this commission is. It’s like a pizza slice all nicely wrapped and tied with a bow hehe!!

Business Bunting (2)

Wedding DIY #2 – Bunting!

Bunting is everywhere, which is fantastic .. Because it’s so easy to make!

I made some hessian bunting, and fabric bunting for our wedding. Originally we were going to have a bride and groom chair, and we were going to have ‘Mr,’ and ‘Mrs,’ on the back of the chair, but we actually ended up having a bride and groom couch (which was awesome!), so we used this bunting elsewhere.

If you’re a sewer, cut out whatever size triangles you’d like, and sewing them onto a thin piece of fabric. In my eyes, that’s really all there is to it. I’m not sure it would be much help to give step by step instructions, because there are so many sizes / types of bunting out there .. It’s really up to what you fancy!

For the Mr and Mrs bunting, I stenciled my letters on with a straight edge font. I’d seen some curvy fonts, but I found them quite hard to read, so I stuck with something simple. I then painted in my stencil lines .. and voila!

One learning to share is to create a template if you want uniform triangles. I just used a piece of cardboard to do this, and then all my triangles were the same size.

Another learning is to use the pinking shears you might have bought if you made a hessian aisle runner, as you get a really funky edge to your bunting that way.

I love personal touches to events, and I think bunting is a great way to achieve this. You can print or paint letters on, or symbols, and really personalise it for the occasion.

Mr & Mrs Hessian Bunting