Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Halloween Bunting from Fat Quarters Tutorial

O.K. I KNOW I keep saying this. But where is this year going? How are we already at the end of October?

I decided I better finish decorating my porch this past weekend or it wasn't going to get done.
Front Porch for Halloween

Hubby and I visited the local feed store and picked up a straw bale, a couple bundles of corn stalks, and a few pumpkins.
Front Porch for Halloween

Now I'm all ready for the Trick-Or-Treaters! And November 1st I just need to change my flag, dispose of the carved pumpkins, replace the Halloween Bunting and Wah Lah! I'll be all decked out for Thanksgiving too! {I just high-fived myself!}

Front Porch for Halloween

Did ya notice the Halloween Bunting? I FINALLY made a Bunting! I have had a Bunting on my "To Do" list for.ev.er! So much fun! So easy! I have plans for many more in my future. {what took me so long anyway?}
Front Porch for Halloween

I have a few Halloween Fat Quarter Bundles in the shop, so I decided to put one of the Bundles to use....

Here's a quick tutorial on how I made my two sided Bunting..

Fold a FQ in half = 18" x 10-11" piece. Trim the Selvedge and Folded side so that you have two 18" x 10" pieces.

Starting on the right side, lay your ruler at a 60' angle as shown and make your first cut...
Banner from Fat Quarters

Now lay your ruler opposite your last cut, lining up at the bottom point @ 60' and make your second cut...
Banner from Fat Quarters

Now make the third cut just like the first cut... You will end up with this:
Banner from Fat Quarters
There will be two scrap pieces left on each end. I plan on making smaller flags with them.

1 FQ yields 2 - two sided flags or 4 - one sided flags..

If you want to make a two sided flag; Sew 2 flags right sides together with a 1/4" seam, leaving the top open. Clip the bottom point, turn right side out and press...

For the "string" to hang your flags with. I made my own seam binding you can totally use store bought {I didn't have any}

To make your own string/seam binding:

Cut three 2 1/2" x width of fabric - strips. Sew end to end to create one long "string". Press in half, then fold each side towards middle and press again.

Now start about 18" in from one end of seam binding and start pinning the seam binding around each flag. Spacing the flags about 1" apart. Top stitch along the flag side and tah dah!


Banner from Fat Quarters

You're all done!

The flags measure approx. 10 1/2" wide and 9" long. 4 FQ's will yield a Bunting that is approx. 10 feet long.
Bunting for Halloween


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17 comments:

snippetsandyarns said...

That is super cute and sounds really easy. I think I may have to make a few of those for next Halloween!

1 Funky Woman said...

Ok, so darling! I need to make one of those! And your owl is darling! I have a thing for owls, too cute! Your porch looks very inviting, love it!

Megan

Denise :) said...

Oh your Owl hanging is darling! :)

Chris said...

cute porch! i decided last year to decorate my lamppost in the front yard with cornstalks and do you know the %*#ned squirrels tore them to shreds eating those corn cobs! it was a mess - but it looked cute in pictures. happy halloween!

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regan said...

Beautiful porch....very inviting! And a great tutorial....thanks!

happy little cottage said...

Hi Jodi!
Your porch looks adorable! Don't ya just love hay bales, corn stalks and pumpkins.
Thanks for the tutorial!

Becky said...

Cuuuuuuute!

carina said...

Nice idea and a cute porch

Anina said...

Love it! One day I'll get back to decorating...

Anonymous said...

HI! Your bunting is wonderful! As I was thinking that it is so close to Halloween and I am short on time to make things I came up with the idea of making a bunting with squares of material folder diagonally over a strip and sewn to make the same thing but the triangles will be "wider" than yours. I would need to use a material that does not ravel. I like to decorate for Halloween without it being scary for the little ones, your porch is great. I think this year I will be trying to do happy and silly pumpkins as a theme to keep it fun for kids. I love your website! It really makes me happy, thanks for the great pictures and idea.

Cindy said...

Love the Halloween bunting! Going on a quilt retreat the next two weekends! This would be a fun project to do!

blop said...

Tooo freaking cute, Jodi....Love it all!!!

Julia said...

Very cool Holloween ideas. I will try a few of them myself.

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NinaCherie: said...

I saw a pic Amanda pinned on Pinterest and I thought "that looks like Jodi's front porch...". Sure enough! Looks awesome.

SharronR said...

Love your decorated porch!

SharronR said...

Love your decorated porch!

Pamela said...

Yay! I have been looking for a simple and easy tutorial all about make bunting. Found it! Your porch looks so fun and festive.

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