Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Burlap & Boiled Wool Bunting

If you ask me, nothing finishes off a mantel like a bunting.  And, I really enjoy the word "bunting," as well.  Apparently, the original root means to sift, but that's neither here nor there (another phrase that I enjoy quite a lot).  Anyway . . . I saw this awesome felt bunting at Target a few weeks ago and realized that I had all the supplies at home to make it myself.  I looked through Target's website for a picture, but they apparently don't sell it online, so you'll have to check out Liz's lovely mirror featuring the bunting from Target.
I had all this boiled wool from an Easter Egg ornament kit that I will never make.  It looked so cute I had to buy it last summer, but I have not had even the teensiest urge to sit down and embroider a dozen pastel eggs with Easter-themed designs.  Whew, fortunately I got to use the wool on this great project - otherwise I might have had some unused craft supplies laying around...ha!  Amazingly, all the pieces were already 6" wide by about 8 1/2" tall, so I just cut a triangle from the bottom of each one.  To do this, I folded them in half and used my ruler and rotary cutter to mark the angle I wanted.  I repeated this step with several rectangles of burlap that were 4 1/2" wide by 6" tall.  Make a few extra of the burlap pieces in case you mess up your stenciling like I did.  
 Before I sewed everything together, I stenciled the letters on the burlap using the technique illustrated here.   Good thing, too, because somehow the "I" ended up almost off the bottom of the pennant - what am I, an amateur?   Once I had all the letters reasonably centered on my burlap pennants, I sewed them on the wool pennants.  Then, I laid them out on the (now white!! I can't wait to show off my craft room redo!) brick floor to get an idea of the spacing I wanted.
 Then, I grabbed some neutral 1/2" ribbon and sewed them all on, leaving longer tails at each end of the bunting for hanging!  It's so pretty, and I wish I had more boiled wool to make them for friends and family.  Alas, I used it all up!
One more project left to finish up the mantel - and it's barely a project at all.  It's more of a "tip"!  As in, "how to turn one of your kid's smallish balls into a fun decor piece using pieces of scrap fabric".  I really like the fabric ball, though, so I might be stealing more of those balls from the bin - don't tell Spatula Man.  


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12 comments:

  1. that's so beautiful and I like it that I could copy it to keep. If I put it on Pinterest, it gets lost. Happy Saturday, you have a lovely blog.

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  2. It's so cute!! Love the spring colours! =D

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  3. That is SO cute I LOVE the colors and texture! I want one! Thanks for your sweet comment on the Princess Birthday Party! It was a whirlwind pulling it together and hosting my first real birthday party, I wasn't sure how it was going to all come together!

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  4. How pretty! Thanks for sharing this project!

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  5. Very spring feel. Love the pastel ambience, particularly yellow and green. Happy Easter !
    Terrie from Hong Kong

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  6. How lovely! It looks great!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  7. I love this! I've pinned it so that I can give it a go too :)

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  8. Just gorgeous! Love the colours.

    I have just pinned it.

    x

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  9. Super cute! I love how it looks. Maybe I will make this when my Easter banner comes down. :) Thanks for linking up to A Pinteresting Party!

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  10. This is super cute! Have a happy Easter! Found you from a blog hop I am at DearCreatives.com drop by any time!

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