Fa La La Christmas Bunting



Hi I am Lynne, a UK quilter who blogs at Lily's Quilts.  In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to make a quick, easy and fun Christmas bunting.  If you do make bunting, Christmas or otherwise, from this tutorial, I would love you to come and show me the pics in my Lily's Quilts Flickr group.


One charm pack and 1 1/2" yds fabric for backing and binding.  If you made the Union Jack Shabby Chic Wall Hanging, you will have charms left over to make this bunting.  If however, you did not, you will need to cut two extra 5" squares from your binding and backing fabric to make the 44 squares needed.  You will cut these at step 2 of the instructions.



1. Sew together 30 background charms into pairs and then sew those pairs of charms into one long strip.


2.   Take a strip of wadding roughly 12" deep and 75" long.  If you need to join two pieces end to end - butt up the two edges and run a wide zig zag across the seam.  Make a strip of backing roughly 12" deep and 75" long - you can do this by joining two 13" WOF strips of backing fabric and trimming to size.  You can cut your extra two 5" squares from the ends of this strip of fabric.


3.   Baste as preferred to make one long skinny quilt sandwich.  Take a small bite.  Ooh silly me, this is a fabric recipe not a food recipe.  Do not take a bite.


4.  Mark zig zag lines along the quilt sandwich as shown in this picture.  I am using washable felt tip pens - these lines will disappear into the bunting binding so go wild and pick the clashiest colour you can find.  Go on. Live a little.  I chose green.  The safe choice for Christmas bunting.  I'm British.  We don't do wild so much.


5.   Sew a long stitch basting line (on the machine) 1/8" of an inch from the top and the border of each triangle to hold the three layers together until binding.


6.  Print out or draw out the letters HAPY CRISTM or the letters you need for whatever else you want your bunting to say.  I opened a Word document, chose the font Adamsky Outline SF, enlarged the letters to 400 and printed the sheets out.  For a more informal look, mix up upper case and lower case letters or perhaps choose letters from different fonts.  Hold your printed letters up against the triangles to check that they are big enough but do not come too close to the edge of the triangles or the edges will get lost in the binding.

7.  Trace the letters IN REVERSE onto a fusible webbing.  Hold up to the window or place on a lightbox if you cannot see the letters clearly enough.  For those of you with advanced spelling abilities, you may calculate which letters you need to trace more than once.  For the rest of us, you need to trace A, P, H and S twice.  (Can you see I ran out of space and had to cut one of my "S"s in half?!


8.   Cut out the letters roughly and fuse to the back of 14 green charm squares.  Cut along the lines.


9.   Fuse the letters to the bunting fabric, aligning them within the triangle shapes made on the fabric with your zig zag markings.  The bottom of the letter should be toward the pointy part of the triangle.  For a more informal look, place the letters at slight angles rather than dead straight.  I like dead straight for Christmas.  Perhaps for a children's party bunting, I'd like a bit of wonk though.


10.  Sew around the letters in the stitch of your choice.  I have used a straight stitch about 1/8" inside the shape of the letters.  If you do not have sufficient contrast between your letters and background fabric, you might wish to sew this line in a thick satin stitch to provide a clear edge to the letters.


11.  Cut along the zig zag lines to makes lots of triangles like this one.


12.  Cut 7 1" WOF strips of binding fabric.  Cut each strip in half so that each is 22" long or thereabouts.  Bind the two points side of the triangle.  First sew the binding strips to the first edge of the front of the triangles stopping 1/4" short of the point and doing a few reverse stitches for strength.


13.   Fold the binding strip up aligning it with the edge of the triangle as shown in the picture and then back down again.



14.  Sew along the second side of the triangle once again attaching the fabric with a 1/4" seam.

15.   Fold the bunting to the back and pin from the wrong side of the bunting and then sew down.  Since my bunting hangs against a wall, I cheat here and do not fold the binding under and hand stitch as I normally would with a quilt but machine sew it down from the right side.  OK the back isn't the prettiest thing you've ever seen but I won't be seeing it when it's hung up on the wall.  If your bunting will be hanging so that you can see the back or if it is a gift or being made for sale, you may prefer to fold the bunting under and hand stitch it down as with a regular quilting binding.



16.   Trim the hanging ends of binding from the tops of the triangles.


17.   Now cut four 1 1/2" WOF strips of the fabric you have chosen to go along the top of the bunting which I will call the hanging ribbon.  Sew into a long strip using diagonal joins as you would do if you were making a quilt binding.

18.   Press in half along the length and then fold in the sides and press again to make one long double-folded strip.


19.   Pin the bunting triangles into hanging ribbon starting about 15" along from the end of the ribbon and leaving roughly 1" spaces between the triangles.  Sew along the top side of the hanging ribbon as close to the edge as you dare, aiming to go through both layers of hanging ribbon as well as through the triangles


VOILA - one Fa La La charm pack Christmas bunting.  Take it outside in the summer sunshine, hang from some gates, take a photo and pack it away into the Christmas decorations box for a few months.


Then, in December, go into the attic, get down the Christmas decorations box, pull out your Christmas bunting, don your gay apparel and deck the halls with boughs of holly.



One Fa La La La La Christmas bunting decoration.

Lynne Goldsworthy
{Lily's Quilts}

57 comments:

babalisme said...

It's a great thing that the length match your gate's! How wonderful! I'd love to be greeted by such merry buntings!

Shruti said...

This is lovely! I'm making one for Diwali this year!!!
And about a song - "Aa chal ke tuzhe mein le ka chalu ek aise gagan ke talein... jaha gum bhi na ho, aasu bhi na ho, bas pyar hi pyar palein!!!"
It means, - " Come, let me take you to a place under the skies, where there is no sadness or no tears... only love!"

Flying Blind... said...

'"Bah, humbug!" No, that's too strong
'Cause it is my favorite holiday
But all this year's been a busy blur
Don't think I have the energy'

... but maybe!

Beth said...

How creative you are!

"have yourself a merry little Christmas!", and thanks for getting me started on a merry one as well.

Kerry said...

Man I can understand how it might be kinda hard to make bunting like this, but I don't blame you for wanting to, I just wanted you to know! x

Sheila said...

Deck the halls with boughs of bunting, fa la la la la la la la la - made some last year....look forward to seeing you in your gay apparel and challenge you to say bunting binding after a glass or two of mulled wine.

Trudi said...

"That's the way ... aha aha .... I like it, I like it!"

No really, it's great! I may even have to have a go myself!

gill said...

Great tutorial Lynne!
The weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow,let it snow, let it snow!

Kirsten said...

Wow! Great pattern and good explanation!
This year I just might deck the halls with boughs of holly and this bunting!
Thanks for sharing!

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

Santa Baby this is great Lynne!

Nicky said...

Oh I wish it could be Christmas every day....then we could have your bunting up all year round. Love your bunting, your gate and pergola Lynne!

Isisjem said...

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but your bunting is quite delightful, as long we've no place to go - let us sew, let us sew, let us sew!

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

great bunting Lynne ...

The latest Moda Bakeshop
is really quite divine.
Of all the bunting on the web
I think Lily's pattern shines ...

Fiona said...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ......

What lovely bunting!

Linda Miller said...

"Here comes Lilyclause, Here comes Lilyclause, right down Lilyclause Lane" Wonderful idea for the bunting!

Quiltomatic said...

This looks Super!
I love crafting bunting, making it this early though makes me a feel a bit panicky - I'll come back to it after Hallowe'en!!

Great tutorial and thanks for sharing :-)

WandaFish said...

We'll drink a drink a drink
To Lily the Bunting Queen me think!

Another lovely project and great tute, thanks!

Sadie said...

Oh how pretty! And in plenty of time to have it done for the festive period. This year I'm dreaming of a white christmas :-) x x

Indianna said...

I also wish it could be Christmas every day...though I still wouldn't get anything finished in time!

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

Great pattern as usual Lynne! If I hadn't made 50 odd metres of bunting earlier this year I'd definitely give it a go.
"Ding dong merrily on high " this actually sounds far worse in my head :-)

Betty said...

I don't want a lot for Christmas
There's just one thing I need
I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is...

A buntig I made with:
HAPPY WHATEVER!!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Lynne,
I'll be home for Christmas....so I can make one of these!
Thanks for sharing.

BaileyGirl5 said...

Zippity doo da! I MUST have one of these this Christmas. We're having a heat wave here so sewing some Christmas decorations would cool me down ... right?

cauchy09 said...

i love your lettering! and i could also see this rocking around the christmas tree. :o)

Quiltjane said...

Fabulous festive project.

Prof. S said...

"Somewhere, under the bunting...." Lovely work, and a great tutorial :)

bearpaw said...

Lovely bunting recipe! We are doing a class in bunting in our new craft workshop studio - I will send the link over to my colleague who is taking the class. Thanks Lynne and they tried to make me go to rehab but I said no,no,no!

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

'I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, only a hippopotamus will do..' - well actually I want this bunting too!

Quilter in the Gap said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday... oh wait, wrong holiday, therefore, wrong song. Love the bunting Lynne. thanks for sharing.

Shocking Hocking said...

when i say i love it you say, it's bunting
you better, you better, you bet

(with apologies to the who)

nice tute - and in oz we get to put it out in the sunshine at christmas

cheers!

Suzanne said...

Great job on this one, Lynne! I can imagine all kinds of variations.

Terri said...

"Pull out the bunting
She made then one by one
Hang'em in the trees
Until a breeze it comes"

aNoTHer project I'd like to do - sigh ;-)

Kelly said...

It's gorgeous! I wish I had the time and energy, but I know this Christmas will be spent catching up on sleep. :)

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... everywhere you go" ;)

Elizabeth said...

The Happy Christmas bunting is absolutely adorable and I cannot wait to start it. For once, I'll have something made for Christmas that is actually done before Christmas! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Gayle said...

"On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a recipe for a Christmas Bunting!"

That may sound a little strange, but I do love your bunting and NEED one for my own house this year!

Nedra said...

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, it's the best time of the Year!
Wonderful bunting tutorial.

Cindy said...

You're the tops, you're the tower of Pizza, you're the smile on the Mona Lisa,.....

Great Job Lynne.

elizabeth said...

I love it!

Silent Night, Holy Night..... : )

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

I saw Lily kissing Santa clause
Underneath the baa-un-ting last night...

Nice bunting Lily.

Xx

Angela said...

"Brown Paper Packages tied up with strings...these are a few of my favorite things!"

And everything you make is always one of my favorite things too!

Strawberrypi said...

"In the meadow we can build a snowman and pretend that he is Parson Brown." Lovely bunting!!

NancyinSTL said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial!

This one's for you, "Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver white winters that melt into Spring, these are a few of my favorite things".

Poppyprint said...

Holy, you bound every one! Killer project, Lynne, well done!!! I just can't carry a tune this early in the a.m.....forgive me pal.

Sallie said...

Joy to the world! Great tutorial.

Lis said...

Wow, that is posh bunting to go with your posh gates! Cry baby bunting, Daddy's gone a hunting!!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Looks like "Santa Clause is coming to town"!

Helen said...

All you need to do now is dream of a white Christmas and you should have snow to complement your beautiful bunting!

Lynz said...

Bunting is totally one of my addictions - great recipe! Hooray, hooray, it's a holly, holly-day!

folksmith said...

love the bunting...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. could use some snow it's so hot here!

Manda said...

Fabulous!
....Jingle bells, jingle bells .........

felicity said...

Great bunting, Lynne - it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

SewLindaAnn said...

Have a holly jolly Christmas, it's the best time of the year...

Marcia said...

esta muito lindo esta cria├žao... parabens!!! assim como todos os seus trabalhos.
beijos do Brasil
marcia

saraink said...

Great bunting! I love your sense of humor too! :D

Anonymous said...

oh, lovely bunting, and here's the first Christmas song that popped into my head ... yes I am a child of the 80's ...

"it's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid, at Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade, and in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy, throw your arms around the world at Christmas ti-hime".

cat x

Shawn Stephenson Schumacher said...

Love your Bunting.... Now I just need the big iron gate to hang it across. Beautiful!

Nancy said...

Great tutorial. I really like the printer friendly option.