at casa hart, it's party time all the time. at least in this corner of the house.
when i hung this bunting in november of 2008, luca exclaimed,
"it's like we have a party every day now!"
sounds good to me.
here's a little how-to for this project. we get a lot of comments on it (on-line and in person) and all of those nice things people say make me want to spread the love. i think you should be able to have one too. so let's get going.
dupioni silk swatches
sewing machine and thread
okay, i started with about 30 different 8" square swatches. i had bought these as a sample pack for $20 when looking at drapery options. when purchasing, i knew i would use them at some point later for some crafty goodness. now this will make a long garland. like ridiculously long. with the open floor plan of our upstairs, it really helps break up the room.
what i loved about choosing this fabric for a bunting - no need to back the fabric! yay for less work! and it has a pretty pretty sheen to it that just makes the whole room a bit more magical.
step one: i cut each square in half diagonally with pinking shears. then i took one of the triangles and cut that in half diagonally, leaving me with one large triangle and two small triangles.
step two: i spent an afternoon deciding on the order of the triangles. i went with a one large, two small pattern. remember i now had 30 large and 60 small pieces. this is a lot of triangles. so i couldn't just lay them out on a table or the floor. just not enough room. so i taped them to my walls and they wrapped around more than half of the entire second floor. i played around with the colors and such until it just looked right.
step three: i took my pieces in a great big ordered stack, sat down next to my threaded sewing machine and started sewing. i ran each triangle through the machine and when i reached the end of the fabric just slipped the next one right next to it. i was largely inspired by this garland on purl bee.
easy, right? i think you should make one. and have a party everyday somewhere in your house.