16 November 2015

DIY: Plaid Bunting On The Mantle

My love of plaid is getting out of hand. I know I'm not alone, because Owen's dresser got a lot of love from you. 

 Remember when George Constanza declared, "I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable?" That's how I feel about plaid... and denim. I don't even like country music, yet the plaid and denim call to me. 

I went to the fabric store with a '50% off total purchase' coupon, and chose these patterns, designed to connect Autumn/Thanksgiving with Winter/Christmas.

I know there are already several bunting tutorials out there, and there is no need to reinvent the wheel for something so simple.

Basically, I cut a triangle template from cereal box cardboard. Make it slightly larger (1/2 inch) larger than the finished size you're looking for. Once you sew, turn right-side-out, and iron, it will be smaller.  I used that template to cut about a gazillion plaid triangles. Then I pulled some jeans out of my stash, and cut the same triangles from the legs. I used denim on the back, plaid on the front.

Pin right sides together, then sew along the sides, leaving the top open. Turn right-side-out to finish, then iron flat.

This is an easy project. Easy enough that I used this as an opportunity to teach my kids to sew. Yes, even the boy got behind the sewing machine.

Once the triangles are sewn, I fold them into the seam of double-fold bias tape, and sew it into a plaid and bias sandwich. Easy. 

This falls somewhere between Autumn and Christmas, and still has that cozy holiday vibe.

I love it, and Jasper loves that fireplace.

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  1. Hi Colleen, I love the plaid bunting and made one for my mantle. I also added a link to your post. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. You are definitely not alone... I so love plaid too!! I'm going to have to steal this idea when next fall comes around ;)


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