With just a few supplies and a little bit of time, you can make an easy no-sew interchangeable bunting. It’s adorable for any holiday or season.
I’ve had a lot of fun decorating our house over the last couple months. I was initially intimidated by the whole thing because there’s so much wall space, and because I don’t consider myself a decorator at all. I didn’t rush the process, which helped. Instead, I hung pieces when I felt like it, and I worked out arrangements in my head before making holes in the walls.
I don’t have a defined style. I’m okay with that; I like buying and making things that strike my fancy without worrying about what will match. One of my favorite pieces in our house is this shelf that we refer to as the mantel.
I found it at a flea market and fell in love instantly. I knew I wanted something large for the wall behind our couch, but I hadn’t seen any artwork that grabbed me. As soon as I saw this, I envisioned hanging our stockings from the hooks and changing out the items on the shelf to reflect the season.
I also knew I wanted to make a bunting. I immediately ordered two different sets of fabric: one with a fall/harvest theme and one with Christmas images. And then I got to work.
DIY Easy Interchangeable Bunting
adapted from Ella Claire Inspired
3 fabrics, 1/2 yard of each (I have a yard of each of mine because that was the minimum I could order online; the longer you want your bunting to be, the more fabric you’ll need)
1.5 yards white muslin or natural burlap (my Christmas bunting uses the burlap, the harvest bunting shows the burlap; if you plan to use burlap, refer to the note at the end of the tutorial)
1 package heat ‘n’ bond
jute rope (this is the exact one I purchased)
Note: not all the fabrics I used are still available, but Hancock Fabrics still has a great selection.
Begin by washing and ironing your fabric (I didn’t wash the burlap). Take your first fabric and follow the heat ‘n’ bond instructions to attach one third of the heat in bond to your fabric. Note: you won’t use the entire half yard of fabric.
When fabric has been ironed onto the heat ‘n’ bond, attach both to one third of the muslin. You should now have a somewhat stiff piece of fabric-heat ‘n’ bond- muslin. Repeat with remaining half yards of fabric until you have three fabric-muslin pieces.
Now you need a stencil. I drew mine free hand, but measure if you prefer. Your stencil should be on something thicker than paper; I used a Ritz cracker box. Draw the triangle shape you want your bunting to be. Be sure to include the extra part at the top. This is what we’ll fold over later to make the whole thing interchangeable.
Trace your stencil on the fabric-muslin pieces, allowing yourself as many triangles as possible. Cut out all the triangles. I used scissors and my lines were straight, but you could use a rotary blade if you prefer.
Put your iron on the highest setting your fabric will allow and iron the top of each triangle over to form a flap. The flap will rest over the jute rope and allow you to easily change out the flags for each season or occasion.
Note: the instructions are similar if you’re using burlap, but instead of attaching the entire piece of fabric to the burlap, you’ll cut your flags out and then iron them to the burlap. You’ll need two stencils: one for the fabric and one slightly larger for the burlap. When you’ve cut all the fabric and the burlap flags you need, place the fabric centered on the burlap and iron to attach. It is not necessary to include the flap on the fabric, but make sure the burlap has one.
Looking for more easy ways to get in the holiday spirit? Try my stove-top potpourri.
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