diy {quilt piece bunting}

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I have a few rules when going to thrift stores, estate sales & flea markets.

1. I set a spending limit and don’t go over unless it is the deal of the decade. This helps me walk away from things I’m not 100% on.

2. If I love it and it is a great price…I buy and then figure out what to do with it later (unless it is really big).

3. I try to stick to certain themes that work together (beachy colors, primitive items,  turquoise anything)

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With that being said months ago I found a bag of cut quilting pieces for $1.00. I loved the fabric, but had no plan on how I’d use them.  Previously, I made garden flags out of some of them. Next I thought I would make a quilt with them, but after talking to my grandma I realized the pieces were cut for a Double Wedding Ring quilt which is far beyond my sewing abilities. So…they’ve been stuck in a bag waiting for a new life. Now they are nearly 4 yards of cute bunting 🙂

Supplies:

Fabric pieces in a mix of patterns and colors

1/2 inch bias tape
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I didn’t cut my pieces, but if you need to they are about 1 1/4 inch at the bottom and 2 inches at the top.

Step 1: Place two pieces together facing each other

Step 2: Sew 3 sides. I just kept going instead of cutting between each one
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After you’ve got them all stitched, trim the edges and cut a little slit in the bottom corners. This helps the corners not get bunched when you turn it right side out.
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Turn right side out and iron.
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Space them side by side as you sew them to the bias tape. I folded my bias tape as I stitched. There are probably better ways to do this, but I often try to sew in the least amount of steps. If your fabric is bigger you’d probably want wider bias tape.
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So festive and fun. I know bunting is a big trend right now, but I really like the practical aspects of the trend. Once made it can be reused over and over. You can take a plain room and make it look like a party just by putting up your bunting. I think I will keep mine up all winter when I am depressed it is cold outside.
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How about a little peek at her 2 year old pictures? This picture makes me happy (there are so many more…to be posted next week)

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If you don’t want to make your own bunting (or you need a better pattern) here are some fun versions I found on etsy:

Candy Kirby Designs, The Ruffly Owl, Freyadays, SparklePower, A Cottage Life

(I quite obviously got the idea to wrap my bunting around a wooden spool from A Cottage Life’s mini bunting and mini spools)

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