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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  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.

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

  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!

  4. How pretty! Thanks for sharing this project!

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

  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

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

  8. Just gorgeous! Love the colours.

    I have just pinned it.


  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!

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


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