Rustic Bunting

What’s not to love about bunting? It adds a festive flair to every occasion. Bunting is so versatile—it can be made from paper, felt, fabric—today I made it from burlap. Hang bunting as is, or decorate using stencils and paint, or whatever you like. Have fun!

Supplies & Tools:

  • 1 yard burlap (any color)
  • 4 yards twine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tapestry needle (or other needle with a large eye)
  • Yarn to match burlap
  • rotary cutter
  • cutting mat

Rectangles

Directions:

  1. Decide how big you would like each piece of bunting to be. I wanted my rectangles to be 4.5″ x 6″, so I cut rectangles measuring 4.5″ x 12″. Click here for tips on cutting burlap.
  2. Cut out several pieces of burlap (about 12).
  3. Thread needle with yarn, set aside.
  4. Lay twine on a flat surface and pull about 36″ out of the skein.
  5. Begin adding burlap by folding burlap in half over the twine. Twine should lie in the fold.
    Note: I don’t recommend pre-folding each piece of burlap because it unravels when stringing it on the twine.
  6. Take needle and sew a straight stitch through the burlap. Sew an extra stitch around the edges of each bunting segment. This will prevent it from unraveling. Trim any excess yarn.
  7. Repeat steps 5–6 for each piece.
  8. Remove or trim any stray threads on burlap.
  9. Pull more twine so that you have 24–30″ hanging from either side.
  10. Lay bunting on a flat surface, and space each rectangle about 0.25″ apart.
  11. Hang where ever you like!

Triangles

Directions:

  1. Decide how big you would like each piece of bunting to be. I wanted my triangles to be 4.5″ x 6″, so I cut rectangles measuring 4.5″ x 12″. Click here for tips on cutting burlap.
  2. Cut out several pieces of burlap (about 12).
  3. Mark the halfway point on each side and draw lines forming a diamond shape. Cut along lines.
    Note: Stack 2 or 3 pieces on a cutting mat. Then use a metal ruler and rotary cutter to cut out the diamond shapes. I prefer using the rotary cutter for the triangles because it helps keep the lines crisp.  When I used scissors, it tugged and pulled on the burlap in such a way that the triangles frayed a lot.
  4. Thread needle with yarn, set aside.
  5. Lay twine on a flat surface. Fold burlap in half over the twine. Twine should lie in the fold.
  6. Take needle and sew a straight stitch through the burlap. Sew an extra stitch at the edges of each bunting segment. This will prevent it from unraveling. Trim any excess yarn.
  7. Repeat steps 4–5 for each piece.
  8. Remove or trim any stray threads on burlap.
  9. Pull more twine so that you have 24–30″ hanging from either side.
  10. Lay bunting on a flat surface, and space each triangle about 0.25″ apart.
  11. Hang where ever you like!

Elfy Hints:

  • To thread the needle with yarn, add a piece of tape to the end of the yarn and cut excess tape, creating a point.

 

Mary

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One comment on “Rustic Bunting

  • Victoria said:

    I hope to make one soon.

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