Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Crayon Bunting


So, in less than two weeks, my little Doodlebop turns 2. Since we are overrun with “stuff”, I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to make or repurpose all of his birthday gifts. He’s too young to know the difference, I’ll get extra sewing practice and I won’t be adding to the pile of unnecessary “stuff” in our house.

(I’ve recently read Organized Simplicity, which, in anticipation of spring-cleaning, has motivated me to start going through our things and, in general, let less into our home.) The author also runs a great blog, Simple Mom, which you can access by clicking here

Before my bookmarks were organized, I saw a photo of a crayon bunting about a year ago online and the image stuck with me. I can't remember where I saw it, but I've tried to recreate it here. 

Materials Needed:
Felt (for the bunting)
Tie (I used this Kokka Large Trefle airplane pattern. You could also easily use some fabric strips or bias tape.)

C   Cut fabric (17.5 x 10)    

      Cut bunting out of felt (upside down triangles connected by a line. I did six, but made them wide enough that each triangle can hold multiple crayons. They ended up being about 8.5 or 9 inches long.)

3.     Sew bunting to one fabric panel. Make sure you don’t’ sew the wide base of the triangle closed or else where will your crayons go?

It will look like this when you're done sewing. 

4.     Fold the top of the background fabric down so it touches the bottom panel. Now  right sides of fabric are facing one another. Insert two ties (bias tape), right sides facing one another into the main fabric so you can’t see it while you’re sewing at the short end of the fabric (see photo- this will make more sense when you look at it.) and sew three sides of the rectangle up, leaving one short side open. I left about 8 inches on my bias tape to make sure it would reach all the way around when it was rolled up. (This was a very generous amount and once the project was done, I simply cut the tape to the desired length.)

Then sew the top and bottom all the way across (so you should only have one side left open/unsewn. - the other short side where there is no bias tape sewn in.)

5.     Turn the whole thing inside out.
     Fold the sides inward on that fourth and only open side and sew as close to the edge as possible.

And there you have it!!!


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