Today I’m making bunting for my Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBohemianSprout). I’m using a vintage copy of The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowry with illustrations by Gustaf Tenggren. This copy was copyrighted in 1942 and published in 1970. One of the Sprouts favorites! I’m putting it together with some vintage bias tape which originally cost 19 cents. Love, love, love all the vintageness!!
Here’s a tutorial if you want to follow along.
Start by going through the book taking measurements of the illustrations and then decide what size and shape will work best for the bunting flags. This copy works best as a 6 inch by 5 inch flag that’s a rectangle on the top and a hexagon on the bottom.
Then make a template out of cardboard and trace it onto each page you want to use, centering it on the illustration.
Then the cutting begins. I usually do this while watching a movie or something. I do lots of books at one sitting since this is the tedious part of the project.
Iron out the binding so when you sew it to the pages you don’t get any little folds. Iron it straight first then iron it in half so that it’s perfect when it’s done.
Measure out the pictures on the binding. Leave 12 inches on each end of the binding for hanging. Space the pictures about 1/2 inch apart. I don’t usually clip them to the binding ahead of time. I just sew each one measuring half an inch in between as I go but you can clip them to inside the fold of the bias tape with a paper clip. I wouldn’t recommend using pins since you’re using paper flags. If you were using fabric flags then pins would work fine. I think bunting between 8 and 10 feet is optimal to hang on a nursery wall or over a party table.
Now sew together using a very sharp needle with a zigzag stitch and you’re done!! Hope yours turns out well. I’d love to hear about it in the comments.