Today bestselling children's/YA author and festival queen Cathy Cassidy is going to show you how to make festival bunting! You can see Cathy's books here and you can visit her website here. She is one of the most awesome people I know so you should go and 'like' Cathy on Facebook and follow her on Twitter too! ;) Now, on with the tutorial! Aren't her drawings gorgeous?
1) First gather some scraps of cotton fabric in bright colours and patterns. (Recycle some unwanted clothes, but get permission first!)
2) If you cut the fabric into rectangles, you can draw a zig-zag pattern as illustrated to help you cut the triangles. (You will have to discard the two pieces to far left & right, as they are only 'half' triangles!)
3) Gather your piles of differently coloured and patterned cut-out triangles and choose one.
4) Thread a needle with toning thread. Turn the triangle to the 'wrong' side and fold back the edges along the sides of the triangle that slope down to the 'point' of the triangle, like hems. You can iron the folds down if that helps. Stitch these neatly, making sure your stitches don't show on the 'right' side of the fabric.
5) Hem and neaten all the triangles. (You can do this over several days!)
6) If you want to be extra cool, add little yarn tassels to the points of each triangle.
7) Assemble bunting: Lay out your triangles in a straight line, 'wrong' side facing upwards, varying colours and patterns as you go along. Lay a piece of ribbon or string as long as you wish the bunting to be across the tops of the triangles, as illustrated. Fold the top edge of the first triangle down over the ribbon/ string and stitch in place, taking a few stitches through the ribbon/string to keep the triangle from slipping.
8) Leave a gap and stitch your next triangle into place, until everything is attached. Hang up your bunting!
9) Not a domestic goddess? The good news is you can make cool bunting with unhemmed fabric... and you can attach it to the ribbon/ string with staples or white PVA glue (the glue won't survive the rain, though!)
Have a great festival!
Cathy Cassidy xxx
Let us know how your bunting turns out in the comments!