I am so happy to introduce you all to Candice, of Made With Love. She has been following along here for quite sometime now and during a little chat on a recent trip to Bakersfield she graciously offered to help me out with my Tutorial Tuesday posts. So without further ado...please welcome Candice to the Patch!
Hello, I am Candice, of Made With Love, and I am so excited to be here today, sharing my 'HO HO HO' Holiday Bunting with you!!! With Christmas just around the corner (eeks!), the 'HO HO HO' bunting will prove to be a great gift and/or addition to your hoilday decor. Let's get started!
- Fabric for Pendants: 3/4 yard
- Fabric for Background Circles: Assortment of coordinating fabrics; 1/8 yard of each fabric.
- Fabric for Letters: 1/4 yard
- Fabric for Holly Berries: Assortment (3 prints) of red fabrics; 1/8 yard of each fabric.
- Fabric for Holly Leaves: Assortment (3 prints) of green fabrics for leaves; 1/8 yard of each fabric.
- 2.5 yards of Jumbo (1.5") Ric Rac
- Heat n' Bond Lite
- Fray Check
- Glue Gun
1. From the Pendant fabric, cut twelve Pendants, using this template (Download Triangle). If using directional fabric, cut the width of the fabric in half (at 22") and cut the fabric into 8.5" wide x 22" long strips. Stack two strips, with right sides facing up, align the print, and cut two Pendants at a time.
2. Adhere Heat n' Bond Lite to the back of the Background Circle fabric, and cut six 3" diameter Background Circles (three red and three green circles), using this template (Download Circle).
3. Adhere Heat n' Bond Lite to the back of the Letter fabric, and cut three H's and three O's. I printed out an H and O in AR Christy font, with an outline effect, at 250 font size. I cut the Letters out of the paper, and traced the letters, backwards, onto the Heat n' Bond.
4. Place the Background Circles in the middle of the pendants, 2.25" from the top of the Pendant. Peel off the Heat n' Bond and iron in place.
5. Using an appliqué method of choice, stitch around the Background Circles. (I used a zig zag stitch around each circle).
6. With right sides together (one plain flag, and one flag with appliquéd circle) stitch together, using a 1/4" seam allowance, along the two long (10.75") sides of the Pendant. Trim the point (left point in photo below is trimmed, right is not), turn right side out, and press.
7. Place the Letter in the middle of the Background Circle. Peel off the Heat n' Bond and iron in place. Appliqué the Letters if desired.
8. Zig zag along the top of the Pendant, preventing the pendant from fraying.
9. Using an 1/8" seam allowance, top stitch along the two long (10.75") sides of the Pendant.
10. Prepare the Ric Rac by neatly cutting both ends, and applying Fray Check. When dry, fold over the end 1/2" and sew vertically.
11. Fold the Ric Rac in half and mark the middle point with a straight pin. With the Fray Checked ends facing up, lay out the Pendants (right side facing down), spacing the Pendants 1.5" a part. Pin the pendants at the Ric Rac dips (see photo below).
Sew down the middle of the Ric Rac, the length of the Pendants.
Once attached to the Ric Rac, the back side of the Pendant should look similar to this.
12. For the Holly Berries, rip one 3/4" wide by width of fabric piece from each of the Holly Berry red fabrics. Once ripped, cut each strip into three 11" pieces. Fold the piece in half.
With the ripped edge down, begin to roll, making sure to keep it nice and tight.
Once the center is nice and tight, begin to twist and fold the fabric away from the center. The more twists and folds, the more intricate your Holly Berry will be!
When approaching the end of the fabric strip, fold over the end and secure with a straight pin.
13. Once all of the Holly Berries are rolled, one by one remove the straight pin and replace with a small dot of hot glue under the folded flap. Gather three Holly Berries and glue together. Make sure that the folded flap of each Holly Berry is centered towards the middle, resulting in a nice and neat Berry cluster.
14. Using three coordinating green fabrics, with wrong sides together, stitch Holly Leaves onto the fabric. Not sure what Holly Leaves look like, take a look at these (http://tinyurl.com/5tbtn46) for inspiration. I sketched the first couple of Leaves onto the fabric with a water soluble marker, and then proceeded to sew the Leaves without sketching. Leaves come in all shapes and sizes, so have fun!
15. Once the Leaves are stitched, cut around the Leaves, leaving a 1/16" of an inch or so outline.
16. Once all of the Holly Leaves are cut, arrange as desired on the O's, and with a hot glue gun, glue the bottom leaf to the Pendant and the top leaf to the bottom leaf.
17. Proceed to glue the Berry clusters (step #13) on top of the leaves.
18. That's it. You're done. Hang and enjoy!
Thank you Candice for your clear instructions and great photos of this fun project. These basic instructions could be used for birthday banners, Halloween or any special occasion. Just switch up the letters and fabric to customize your banner.
Candice selected Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater from our website for the banner here.
Encourage one another,