Since going from an occasional dabbler in sewing to a fully-fledged obsessive I have been becoming increasingly aware of the amount of fabric scraps dressmaking creates. As part of my resolution to turn as much ‘waste’ as I can into useful things, I’ve decided to make a start with some cute bunting.
I know mini bunting technically a decoration so isn’t a traditional useful item, but every time I see this hanging on my bookshelf it makes me smile because it is just so cheerful. If something makes you happy because it is pretty and homely, that is useful in my books!
· fabric scraps approx. 10cm in height
· 1m bias binding (or make your own)
· thread matching binding
· basic sewing equipment
Time: 1 hour for two strands of 15
Cost: £0 (only scraps used)
- Cut out 30 triangles measuring 10cm x 10cm x 10cm (or whatever size you desire).
- If not using pre-made bias binding, cut lengths of fabric 1.5m long. If you don’t have fabric scraps that long sew multiple lengths together.
- Sew the triangles right side together.
- If using pre-made bias binding skip this step. Press the fabric lengths in half, wrong side together. Fold the edges in to the centre and press again.
- Turn inside out and press. If using multiple types of fabric, check to make sure the triangles are the same height after pressing.
- Tuck the triangles into the bias binding so they are slightly overlapping and pin.
- Tuck the ends of the bias binding in and sew up. Sew along the edge of the binding, ensuring the triangles are securely inside the binding.
The Finished Look
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Have a wonderful weekend all!