How to Make Fabric Advent Bunting
Advent is always a fun tradition to follow at Christmas time. Make yours extra special this year by making some fabric advent bunting, a great make that will last for years to come, and you can fill with your favourite things!
Time to make : FIve to six hours with sewing machine, more if by hand.
Suitable for : Beginners
- First of all we need to make a template. Take the Graph Paper and using the squares as a template, draw a rectangle nine squares across by 16 squares up. Then draw a point in the centre from the top (4.5 squares in) at five squares up. Alternatively you can just draw this straight onto paper using centimetres (9×16). Cut it out.
- Cut two pieces of fabric, one will be the outside of the envelope and the other will be the lining.
- Place your fabric right side to right side and sew together, leaving an inch at the bottom to enable you to turn it right way in again.
- Once sewn, snip off the corners and the top of the triangle (take care not to snip your stitches though) so it makes a neater finish once turned.
- Turn your work the right side out and iron it flat.
- Stitch a neat line right across the bottom where the open part was. Try and get your stitches as close to the edge as you can.
- Then fold the bottom part up to where the point starts and pin it in place.
- Starting at the bottom corner, sew a neat top stitch line close to the edge all the way around.
- Your little envelope should now look like this.
- Hand sew one of the little wooden hearts to the point of the envelope and a press stud underneath to fasten. Now go and make another 23 little envelopes.
- Take your cord, and leaving a little at the end to tie a loop for hanging, attach the cord just inside the flap of an envelope with a few tiny stitches. Secure the other side with a few tiny stitches too. No need to stitch all the way along.
- Once fastened your envelope should look like this.
- Add your other envelopes leaving a small space of around one centimetre in-between each one.
- And finally, add your numbers to the wooden hearts by using a paint pen.