Birthday Bunting

Birthday bunting

Birthday bunting

I have been wanting to make a celebration bunting for awhile, and just never got around to it.  Well, I finally made some for J’s birthday party!  They are just triangles that I cut out of some fun fabrics.  I sewed two triangles together, wrong sides facing, and then pinked the edges.  You don’t need to sew the tops because you attach them all together with wide double-fold bias tape.  The only hard part was the pinking shears (almost gave myself a blister! should have bought a pinking rotary cutter blade), and sewing closed the bias tape edge at the ends.  It was trying to get stuck in my machine.  I made my tying ends about 12-14 inches long, and I think they should have been a bit longer.  Because I used two fabrics for each triangle, they are also reversible.

Make your own celebration bunting!

1. Cut out your triangles.  I made a pattern out of cardstock, and then decided that I wanted it to be a little bit bigger, so I just measured an extra half-inch all the way around when I was cutting.  I probably should have just cut a new piece of cardstock, LOL!  This is a lot easier with a rotary cutter and long ruler.

Cut out your triangles

Cut out your triangles

The size of my triangles was around 8.5" by 11"

The size of my triangles was around 8.5" by 11"

2. Take two triangles (I matched the fabrics, but you could mix and match too), put them together, wrong sides facing, and sew from the top corner, down to the tip and back up to the other corner, with a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Backstitch at the start and stop.

3. Don’t even bother cutting your threads, just push the first off, and keep going, sewing the next triangle, etc.  Snip the threads later!

Sew two triangles together

Sew two triangles together

4. Trim the sewn sides with pinking shears.  This helps prevent fraying.  If you feel like you are going to wash them a lot, you might want to sew them together right sides facing, and then turn them inside out, and press.  And skip the pinking shears.  I didn’t really see myself washing them ever, so this was not a concern to me.  You can also buy pinking blades for your rotary cutter which is a lot easier than doing it by hand!

5. Buy a package of double-fold wide bias tape in a coordinating color.  Mark 18″ from the end with a pin.  Sew the bias tape closed up to the pin.  Remove the pin, and place your first triangle inside the fold of the bias tape.  Just keep sewing and enclose the top end of the triangle into the bias tape fold.  Stop about 2 inches from the end of the triangle, and place your next triangle.  I didn’t bother pinning or anything, but you could if that makes you more comfortable.

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6.  The number of triangles that you can fit will depend on how wide your triangles are, how much you overlap them, and how long you make your ends.  My ends are actually about 12″ and I think it’s too small.  It would be better just a little bit longer in terms of being able to tie them securely around objects.  My triangles were 8.5″ wide across the top, I only overlapped by a tiny bit, and had 12″ of end strings.  I was able to fit ten triangles on each length of double-fold bias tape.  You could also sew two packages of bias tape together before you start, giving you two lengths, and an extra long bunting.

7.  When you finish the last triangle, keep sewing the remaining end of the bias tape closed, remembering to backstitch at the end of course.  Without the flags inside the bias tape, my machine was really trying to eat it up and jam, so keep pulling it along if you have to.

Voila!  Celebration bunting!  I see a lot of people who applique words on their bunting (you could either sew the appliqued letters, or even just use Wonder-Under).  Or you could stencil letters with fabric paint.  You could make this as a decoration for your child’s room instead of for a party, applique their name on it.  If you wanted to make it super-quickie, you could just use one triangle, and just sew them into the bias tape.  Of course, you could also make your own bias tape if you wanted!  This is a quick and fun project.

Happy Birthday Baby!

My baby is FIVE!  Ahhh….J had a great birthday.  We are having his party this weekend and I’ve been busy making some things for it which I will share after the party so I can show them in all of their full glory.  I’ve also been making the boys some summer shorts which I made using my own pattern.  I will probably share how I did that if everyone is interested.

J was excited to see his birthday crown!

J was excited to see his birthday crown!

J really wanted a camera for his birthday.

J really wanted a camera for his birthday.

J really wanted a camera for his birthday.  I contemplated those “kid” cameras, but the screens are tiny and the quality is shoddy.  It seemed like a waste of $60 when he is five and can hopefully manage not to drop it.  Hopefully.  I got it on ebay used.  It’s a Canon A530.  I also have a Canon, so it will be easy for him to learn to use.  And it takes 2 AA batteries.  I hate those annoying proprietary camera batteries that are so difficult to find in a store.  I need to buy a new wrist strap for it as the one it came with doesn’t tighten, and I need to find a camera bag to carry it around.  He is very excited and of course now K wants one for his birthday too.

And, of course, Legos were a predominant theme as usual.  This kid loves his Legos.

Legos!

Legos!

Baby robins have fledged!

Bye-bye robins!

The baby robin jumped out of his nest.

The baby robin jumped out of his nest.

Mama/papa and baby robin

Mama/papa and baby robin

And, yes, that is our lawn.  It’s been raining for the entire month of June and the hubby hasn’t had a chance to mow it in quite some time.  Of course, today it is finally sunny for the first time in a long time, but of course it’s Thursday and he’s at work!

Baby robins

Baby robins, Day 6

Baby robins, Day 6

Hatching of the baby robins

On Friday, the first baby robin hatched, and the other hatched today.  I haven’t taken pictures today, but here is what Baby Robin #1 looked like!  My favorite bird research website is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  Here is their robin page.  Standard clutch size is 3-5 eggs, but our nest only has two eggs.

Hatched baby robin

Hatched baby robin

Brand new baby robin

Brand new baby robin

Mama!  I want food!

Mama! I want food!

Quickie tied quilt – US Map

US Map tied quilt

US Map tied quilt

I bought a US Map illustrated panel at Jo-Anns a long time ago with the thought to make a quick little quilt/blanket for the boys.  Well, the panel is one yard, so I bought one yard of backing material.  Wrong!  It wouldn’t fit because the widths weren’t right, so you need to buy 1.5 yards of backing and turn it.  Okay, so months later, I finally had J pick out new backing, and I sewed it together last night.  I just did a quick inside out quilt sandwich, turned it inside out, top stitched it around the outside, and then tied the quilt in a few places with embroidery floss.  Nothing fancy, but I think the boys will like the map!  J, especially, really likes maps.  Must be that Montessori influence.  It might make a nice playmat for playing with animals and guys.  I guess we’ll see how they like it when they come home from school!

J putting together the world map puzzle

J putting together the world map puzzle

Completed baby quilt

Simple Modern Baby Quilt

Simple Modern Baby Quilt

It’s done!  I finished hand sewing the  binding during the last two swim classes for the boys.  I’m so happy with it!  I just love how it turned out with the teal blue binding.  I had taken the quilt to my local quilting store, and the lady had helped me choose 5-6 fabrics, and then we laid them all out and picked a binding.  I was vacillating between the bright blue color, and a more muted pink color that would have blended in more.  I am so happy with the bright blue.  It makes everything stand out so well, I just love it.  I can’t wait to send it to my friend!  I’m going to make her older children a few little things though first before I send it off.

The pattern is from OhFransson, the Simple Modern Baby Quilt which you can buy on Etsy.  The main fabric is Alexander Henry’s 2D Zoo, which I bought in primary from Fabric Closet on Etsy.  Some of the other coordinates are from Sandi Henderson’s Farmers Market and Ginger Blossom.  I had the yellow from a prior project, and my favorite fabric of all is the Pink Bird Seed print from Alexander Henry.  Love those birds!  I have it in yellow too, but haven’t found the perfect project for it yet.  The backing is a Michael Miller print called Word Search in watermelon.

The puppy is getting so big!

The puppy is getting so big!

Back of baby quilt

Back of baby quilt

Completed baby quilt

Completed baby quilt