Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today sharing with you a vintage inspired Halloween bunting, along with a couple more ideas for party treats using the new Framelits and Thinlits specifically designed to fit through the Sizzix Big Shot Plus. I adore the new sizes for these Framelits and Thinlits, they're perfect for creating a larger pennant for your bunting and the pillow box is almost 'super-sized' if you will. I just love these new dies. For my project today, I will be showing you just how to create this vintage inspired Halloween bunting, using the Bunting Framelits Plus Die Set. I hope you enjoy!
In addition to the bunting, I created some fun treat ideas for your Halloween gathering this year, showcasing the Pillow Box Thinlits Plus die set, and the Fancy Lid Box Thinlits Plus die set. Both of which are perfect additions and so easy and fun to use. I do not have a tutorial for these gift boxes, but they are super fun and easy to put together, and they look so sweet all together.
But my main focus however is this super sweet and hauntingly fun bunting, which I will show you just how to create. I love the addition of pumpkin bells, rusted bells, strips of fabric and ribbon, glittered spiders and of course, lots of vintage inspired fabrics.
So lets get started and begin gathering the supplies you will need, such as your Bunting Framelits Plus die set, your Big Shot Plus, (remember these dies are specifically sized for this die cutter, they will not fit your regular Big Shot, but they will fit through the Big Shot Pro, if you have that die cutter).
Start by gathering coordinating fabrics, ironing them if needed.
Next using your Big Shot Plus machine, lay the Big Shot Plus Standard Platform down first, followed by the Standard Adapter A pad, then a Big Shot Plus Standard Cutting Pad, on top of that lay down your fabric, the largest of the bunting dies, with the cutting side down, then finally another Big Shot Plus cutting pad on top. Roll this entire sandwich through your Big Shot Plus.
For each pennant, you will need to die cut, two pieces of fabric. My banner has seven pennants, so I needed quite a few. Also die cut some lightweight fusible interfacing to give your pennants a little more stability.
According to the directions, iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric and do the same for all the pennants. Use a piece of cloth on top of the interfacing before you press if you need.
Next step is to pin the pennants right sides together.
Then stitch around leaving a scant 1/8" seam allowance. Typically you leave a 1/4" seam allowance, but I chose a small seam for a couple of reasons. I wanted my pennants to be the biggest they could be, and...they would be easier to flip, especially at the bottom. So keep that in mind. Stitch around the outside, but leave the top open, you need to be able to flip them.
Once finished, clip the bottom to remove a little of the fabric, to achieve a "point", then flip right side out, I used a pointed wooden dowel to help with my point at the bottom, taking extra care not to push the dowel all the way through. Continue for all the pennants.
Next, press them with an iron, then return them to the sewing machine and stitch a border around the sides. This will assure they have the flat look to them, (and they just have that finished look too), I love the details.
Continue until you have finished all of them. Next, lay your pieces out and decide how you want your pennants to lay.
Then using black, extra wide, double fold bias tape, slip the tops of each pennant into the tape and pin to secure, leaving about a 1/2" space between each one. Continue till the pennants are all secured then head back to the sewing machine.
Machine stitch the bias tape to the top of the banner.
For a finished look, I went back and machine stitched black ric-rac trim to the top.
To finish, tie scraps of ribbon and fabric to the spaces, add, some glittered spiders, and sew an assortment of rusty bells and jack-o-lantern bells to the bottoms of each pennant.
Hang your bunting proudly for years to come.
I hope you've enjoyed my project today, and I hope I've inspired you to create your own. What I love about this, is that even though Halloween is right around the corner, you can easily create stunning Christmas themed bunting as well.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Other Supplies Used:
- Assorted fabrics
- Lightweight interfacing
- Sewing machine / black thread
- Extra wide, double fold bias tape
- Black ric-rac
- Glittered spiders
- Rusty bells
- Jack-o-lantern bells
- Scrap fabric