I’m so punny, aren’t I? *pats self on back*
I have been itching for Sean to finish the construction details in the nursery, so I could move on to the more important things – like decorating. Who needs electricity and closets when you have pink ribbon and flag bunting, anyway?
We’re still waiting on a few furniture pieces, but I’ve been itching to get my Pinterest on in the meantime. On the agenda: framed prints and fabric flag bunting.
The nursery doesn’t really have a typical theme, but the fabric we are obsessed with is called “Let’s Pretend” so we kind of went with it. I pulled two quotes from The Velveteen Rabbit and A.A. Milne and made graphic prints from them. I printed them at Staples for a sweet, sweet $3.96 and scored 2 white 11×14″ frames on sale for $10 each.
I’m obviously biased because, duh, I picked them…but I may shed a tear or two whenever I read the quotes. (click on picture to make bigger)
These will most likely hang above her crib, but since I rearrange the furniture like I change my underwear, I’m waiting until
my crazy indecisiveness ends we make a final decision before I put any holes in Sean’s freshly finished walls.
The flag bunting was a new adventure for me and I only had one requirement: NO SEWING. I hate to sew – can’t do it, don’t want to do it, it’s just not going to happen. Luckily, there are approximately 29384203984234 different “no sew flag bunting tutorials” on Google. Trust me, I read them all.
I ended up using a combination of a few different techniques and hopefully my version will help someone else.
DIY Flag Bunting:
- Pick several fabric patterns. I had 7 different colors/patterns, in either 1/2 yard or full yard, depending on the minimum of the fabric shop.
- Measure the space you’ll be hanging it from. Our wall is 100″, but I wanted to leave enough room for draping, so I based measurements for my ribbon at 112″.
- Determine how big you want the triangles to be and cut out a template on cardboard. Since I’m slightly neurotic (ahem, understatement), I ended up dividing 112″ (total ribbon length) by 7 (different fabric patterns) to realize I would have 16″ of space for each fabric pattern. I wanted slightly bigger flags – so I made each one 5″ across the top, meaning I’d have 3 flags from each of my 7 patterns for 15″ total with an inch of wiggle room to space them out. My little OCD, symmetric heart practically sang with joy when I realized the math worked out so perfectly.
- Now that you have your cardboard template, it’s time to start cutting the fabric. I wanted my flags to be double-sided, so I cut them in a diamond pattern so I could just seal them shut. I folded the fabric inside out and started my template tracing right along the fold, leaving me with a diamond/two part triangle when I was finished.
- Using this amaaaaazing stuff called “Stitch Witchery”, I was able to iron the triangle flaps together in minutes. Leaving me with a big pile of double-sided triangles ready to hang!
- Now came the big, important decisions. What color ribbon would I use? What order should they hang in? GAH.
- Fear not, I went with white ribbon. Now bear with me because I used a suuuuuuper technical system to figure out the layout: I put a bobby pin in the exact middle of the ribbon as a marker. BAM! Minds blown, right? Using the Stitch Witchery, I simply started with a flag in the middle and added one on each side until all the flags were used.
The whole project took me roughly 2 hours and was CHEAP. The cost breakdown is approximately:
7 fabrics – $10 total (maybe $15?)
Stitch Witchery – $2.99
18 ft Ribbon Spool – $2.99
iron, scissors, awesomeness – all mine and previously owned
Seriously. This may have been a really crappy tutorial I just gave you, but I can assure you the actual product is a lot better. For better tutorials, I’d suggest:
- http://frugalfaye.com/2012/08/17/no-sew-pennant-banner/ She provides a great explanation of the double-sided triangles. I just didn’t use twine like hers, because I wanted ribbon across the top. I didn’t use any hot glue either
- http://corinanielsen.com/blog/fabric-banner-sewno-sew-tutorial/ She cheated and did a little sewing, but her ribbon is double sided so she gets points for being fancier than me.
- http://hisugarplum.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-no-sew-fabric-pennant-banner.html Not a suuuuper helpful tutorial, but the colors are fantastic for inspiration. I’d also highly recommend creeping on the rest of her house because it’s all sorts of amazing.
I am ITCHING to share all the details of the nursery, but it’ll have to wait a little longer. If you saw the closet at the moment, you’d judge me. Harder than you probably are already. So let’s really build up the suspense, okay?
In the meantime, Little Miss Griffin hit viability today – WAHOO! Can’t wait to do my 24 week update later this week. We’ve gone far too long without any Real Housewives gifs if you ask me.
or Teresa. I’m sure she agrees.