Thursday, April 5, 2012

What is a bunting?

No, it's not something to bundle a baby, it's not a baseball's a cool banner sort of swag thing! I'm sure you've seen them in magazines and shops recently. They're old-fashioned, but suddenly they're popular in a fun, retro sort of way.

Last weekend when I was in Savannah with my girlfriends, we admired a cute bunting in a shop. My friend said "oh, I've pinned one of those on my Pinterest account. I think we could make that."  I got very excited, because I love doing no -needlework craft projects ...and so it began.

My friend, Glenna, is my go-to craft project buddy. She can do ANYTHING, and regularly does all sorts of cool stuff. When I live and breathe needlework everyday, I really enjoy doing something different with my hands and exercising some different creative muscles. So even though neither of us had thoroughly unpacked our suitcases from the previous weekend (priorities, priorities!) we met last night after work. Armed with a short supply list, we slogged through a torrential thunderstorm for a Hobby Lobby run.

With Glenna's iPad in front of us for step by step instructions and photos, we got to work. We decided on our text "Springtime" and cut out 10 little triangle shaped banners from scrapbook paper. Then we each freehanded some letters and glued them on with a glue stick. (There are lots of other ways to download letters but we were lazy and this was quick).

The final step was so easy and efficient, we were surprised. We used Glenna's old Kenmore sewing machine (not quite as old as my Kenmore from high school), but it felt like my machine. We used double fold bias tape to zig zag stitch the pennants together. Just insert the edge into the folded tape and start sewing! 

You can see the happy results above and below. We hung Glenna's bunting right away on her kitchen fireplace, next to some antique Easter decor she has on display.

I hung my bunting in my L*K office this AM, so I could admire it's beautiful colors (and pat myself on the back) while I work. I'll transfer it to the dining room for Easter dinner, since I'm hosting the family. 

Glenna and I had so much fun on this project, we can't wait to make another special occasion bunting. It took about 2.5 hours, from start to finish, including our very wet supply run. We found lots more cool pics and projects online...definitely more buntings in our future!

Here's the link that got our creative juices flowing!


  1. Hobby Lobby is one of my favorite places to go,(I call it Happy Lobby). I get so inspired there. Usually I manage to get things to use with my cross stitch, either to mount onto the stitching or mount the cross stitching on/in.

  2. What a cute and fun idea Linda, and you gals made it look so easy! I'm all for quick and easy! LOL

    Have a great Easter!