Kat Roberts is an artist living in Brooklyn, NY, who stays crazy busy as a mom, professional accessories designer, teaching people to make shoe and handbags, writing for BurdaStyle, creating comics, and avid crafter. She’s most happy when able to combine as many of these things as possible into a single project. Her other great passion is creative recycling. Her blog, We Can Re-Do It, catalogues this obsession with repurposing and includes free tutorials.
As much as I hassle my daughter to put her old, too small clothes into the giveaway pile, I’m often the one with the trouble seeing them go. There always seems to be at least one garment in the bunch that I find I’m unexpectedly nostalgic about. It’s even worse when the garment is stained to the point that no one else will want to use it.
This simple bunting project was designed to be a happy compromise between letting go and still getting to hang on, at least a little bit. By using her worn out garments to create the bunting I was able to recycle the clothing while also creating something very sentimental.
Materials needed: file folder :: old clothing :: piece of yarn :: small amount of felt :: cute buttons
Tools needed: ruler :: pencil :: craft knife :: awl :: sewing machine :: double stick tape :: needle and thread
Creating The Patterns: This project requires making two different sized symmetrical diamond patterns. It’s easiest to do this using a spare file folder and drawing half the pattern on its folded edge. After cutting out and unfolding the paper, the patterns are finished and ready to use.
Step 1: Place the folder so its folded edge is at the top. Starting several inches from the left hand side, use a ruler to draw a 6″ line down from the top. Use an awl to make a pin mark in the folder at the 6″ mark.
Step 2: Now make one pin mark on the fold, 2 1/2″ to the left of the pencil line, and then another 2 1/2″ to the right of the pencil line. Connect all pin marks with a pencil. (You’ll end up with a triangle with a line drawn through its center.)
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the right side of the folder. This time creating a smaller triangle that measures 4 1/2″ long and 4 1/4″ wide at the top.
Step 4: Now that you have two triangles drawn out, add 1/4″ allowance around the two outer sides of each. Angle in at the points of the triangle to create a blunted tip.
Step 5: Cleanly cut out the triangles using a ruler and knife, followed by scissors to snip off the blunted tips.
Preparing The Fabric
Step 1: Use a pen to trace out the two patterns on your fabric (be careful to avoid any stains in the material). Cut out on the line. Repeat step 1 until you’ve cut out plenty of pieces to make the bunting.
Step 2: Lay each piece of fabric face down, then fold back and iron the 1/4″ allowance on all sides.
Step 1: Lay one of the diamonds face down and gently drape the yarn between the two points in the middle. Place a piece of double stick tape directly over the yarn to keep it from shifting.
Step 2: Fold the diamond in half, so that it now forms a crisp triangle. Make sure to press firmly over the area where you placed the double stick tape.
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 alternating between the two different sized pieces as you like until the bunting has reached a length you like.
Step 4: Now the pieces are all secured to the yarn, sew each triangle down both sides and then across the top, just beneath the yarn.
Step 5: The last step is to fold a piece of felt over the places where two triangles meet one another and secure it into place by hand sewing a button over top of it. *This final touch is optional, but it’s a good way to unify everything, especially if your bunting is like ours and full of different patterns.
We love the finished results! It’s an extra cheerful and colorful touch to her happy, eclectic room:)