Create uniquely spirited décor this spooky season with October’s DIY of the Month: Quilted Halloween Bunting Banner.
Let your imagination guide your freakishly festive creation, and select fabric, colours or additional accents to cause big scares or simply subtle eeks! Use your finished banner to decorate your kitchen, living room or entrance way.
** Please note that these instructions were created having in mind a standard domestic sewing machine. Dimensions can vary according to each machine model.
Cut out all the pieces from the free pattern provided.
Cut 3 strips of fabric each 1.5” x 16” (4cm x 41cm) - 1 x white fabric, 1 x orange fabric, 1 x Fabric C. (See Image B)
Using dressmakers chalk, pin and trace the pattern pieces on fabric as follows:
Pin your ‘Ghost’ & ‘Pumpkin’ cutouts to the centre of each ‘Front Pennant’ and sew on with a zigzag stitch.
NOTE: For the ‘Pumpkin’ cut outs, sew the ‘Stem’ to the pennant first, then the ‘Pumpkin’ on top.
Pin & sew the 3 1.5” x 16” (4cm x 41cm) pieces together to resemble a candy corn colour (top-bottom: white, orange, Fabric C). Iron seams flat.
Use the ‘Candy Corn’ pattern to cut out 4 pieces from the base created in Step 3.
Gather all the pieces for each pennant: front, back & batting. There should be enough pieces for 4 ‘Ghost’ pennants, 4 ‘Pumpkin’ pennants and 4 ‘Candy Corn’ pennants.
Repeat the following steps for each group:
Sew the edges of each pennant using a zigzag stitch. Trim any excess fabric, batting or threads to make the edges of your pennants even.
Gather the ‘Ghost’ and ‘Pumpkin’ pennants. NOTE: This step does not apply to the ‘Candy Corn’ pennants.
Using a ruler & dressmakers chalk, draw your stitch design on the back of each pennant. You will sew the design into the pennant in the next step.
For this project we used a crosshatch design on 4 pennants and a cobweb design on the other 4 pennants. Use your imagination and get creative with your stitch design!
Using a straight stitch, sew your stitch design onto each ‘Ghost’ & ‘Pumpkin’ pennant, backside up so you can see the chalk markings.
For the ‘Candy Corn’ pennants, use a straight stitch to sew along the seams between the patterned top fabric & solid orange and the solid orange & white fabric.
Trim any excess threads when finished.
Lay out all your pennants and decide their order on the banner.
Place & pin the tops of all the pennants within the fold of the Double Folded Bias Tape, spaced 1” (2.5cm) apart, and use a zigzag stitch along the bias tape to secure the pennants.
Fold in the raw ends of the bias tape and straight stitch to secure. This will stop any fraying.
Use the extra length of bias tape on either end to hang your banner.
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