This no-sew project is fun to make as a quick and festive decoration. Liz Scott’s Domestic Bliss collection was perfect for some happy hearts. And because the hearts are not permanently attached to the ribbon, you can adjust their spacing to make the bunting exactly the length you need!
1 charm pack
1 yard fusible web cut into 21, 5” squares (for bunting we like Steam-a-Steam 2)
4-7 yards ribbon, depending on how long you’d like your bunting to be (we used 3/8” grosgrain ribbon)
heart template, traced from the pattern PDF (included in the Printer Friendly Version) onto template plastic
1. Divide charm squares into 21 pairs. We kept similar colors together so the darker colors wouldn’t show through the lighter sides.
2. Fuse the pairs together: this fusible has paper on both sides, and will conveniently stick where we place it. Peel off the first layer…
Lay the fusible side down onto the wrong side of one square and press according to the instructions that come with your fusible for heat setting and length of time. Be sure the sticky part doesn’t peel away from the fabric.
Peel the other side of the paper off…
Align the first square, fusible side down, onto the wrong side of its mate, and fuse.
TIP: We found it easiest to do this assembly line style, ironing the fusible to one square from each pair first, and then pressing them all on to the second squares. This way they have a chance to cool down before you have to handle them again. Just don’t get your pairs mixed up!
Edit: I thought I’d mention a bit about our experience with the fusible and it’s durability. We’ve made buntings with Steam a Seam and hung them outside for months in the wind and elements without anything coming apart. That stuff is awesome.
3. Trace the heart and slits onto each fused square.
For the slit, you can just cut into the template plastic and stick your tracing pencil through it to make the mark.
Cut out the heart…
…and cut the slits with a seam ripper, like you would a button hole. Poke the point through all layers, and gently cut to the end of the line. That’s right, the curve inside your seam ripper is a little blade! We only traced one slit, folded the heart in half, and cut the 2 slits at once. If you are using wider than 3/8″ ribbon, just cut your slits the exact width of your ribbon.
4. Weave the ribbon through the hearts.
Alternate the direction of the ribbon on each heart (first woven in from the back, then woven in from the front, and so forth) so it will look the same from either side of the bunting.
Slide the hearts along the ribbon to get them where you want them. Space the hearts close together…
…or farther apart for a different look and a longer bunting.
1 heart-warming bunting of adjustable size, for all sorts of spaces!
Try some variations, like cutting the hearts out with a wavy blade on your rotary cutter, or dividing the hearts into 2 separate buntings for both sides of the room. Post photos of your own version in our Flickr pool!
Jo, Kathy, and Jess