I decided to create a bunting banner for our maternity photo shoot, as well as have it in Sweet Pea’s room as decoration! It’ll probably also pop up somewhere during our newborn shoot… and maybe also hang up in the delivery room…. (SO many possibilities!!!) I was able to make this banner for free using materials I already had at home…
Fabric (for letters and colourful scraps for decoration)
Hot glue gun and glue
Cut the burlap into pieces for your flags. You can make any shape you wish – I went with a rectangle with a chevron notch. I originally thought of using a triangle “pennant” shape, but was worried about the amount of space left over for the letters. Alternatively, you can round out the bottom of a rectangle, give it a scalloped edge, or use a completely different shape altogether. I made my rectangles 5 inches wide by 9 inches long. Factor in about an inch and a half or so to the length of the shape so you can fold over the top to make a channel. You’ll use this channel to thread through string or rope to connect them all together. Afterwards, you may want to pull off any of the loose threads just to give it a cleaner look. The burlap I used had a very loose weave, so I had some trimming to do.
I drew out each letter on a piece of paper and cut them out to make templates to trace around onto the BACK of the fabric. I used a sharpie to trace the letters since the fabric didn’t absorb much of the marker. Do a test first to make sure that you aren’t bleeding ink through the fabric. I suggest tracing onto the back of the fabric just so that you don’t end up with lines on the front of your letters, even if you’re using tailor’s chalk. Make sure you letter is flipped wrong side up before you trace, otherwise you’ll end up with mirror image letters!!
Carefully cut out all the letters. Take scraps of colourful fabric and cut them lengthwise into long strips. Mine were approximately 1 inch wide by 30-40 inches long. They don’t have to be perfect, I gave mine angled ends and wonky edges. These strips of fabric will tie onto the string in between each letter.
Using hot glue, attach the letters to each of the flags. I used strips of fabric to tie into bows, and then glued them to the corners of each flag.
Take some ribbon and cut them in lengths longer than the burlap pieces, so that they’ll peek through the bottom of each flag. Give the end some visual interest, like an arrow head or a notched chevron. I used some wired ribbon left over from Christmas, but you can also use scraps of fabric instead.
Fold over the tops of the burlap flags and make a channel using hot glue. How deep you want this to be depends on the width of the string/rope you want to thread through, the amount of fabric you allocated for the fold, and the device you’ll use to thread. I used a small crochet hook, so my finished channel ended up being about half an inch wide. Don’t forget to take into account the amount of “closure” you’ll get from the glue. Take the ribbon and glue it to the back of the flag, taking note of how it’ll look from the front.
Connect them all together!! Thread string/ribbon/rope through all the channels to assemble your banner. Take the strips of fabric you cut earlier, and tie them onto the string in between each letter. I wanted a little more oomph, so I also took some frilly yarn and tied some of that on as well. Keeping the ends uneven gives it a more relaxed look, and some visual interest with varying lengths. Tie a knot to the ends of your rope, and Voila! Your own custom personalized name bunting.