Making Bunting

When I first looked at our venue I envisioned paper lanterns. Lots of paper lanterns in different sizes and colours and fairy lights everywhere. I’d seen this picture on Style Me Pretty and immediately thought yeah”¦I want that.

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Image via Style Me Pretty / Photograph by Tanja Lippert

I figured it would look awesome because of our high ceilings, and I really liked the idea of having a lot of bright colours up there instead of empty space.

Unfortunately, the more I looked into it, the more I realised how impractical it would be. We wouldn’t have an events company rigging it up—we’d have to do it ourselves, and we just didn’t have the equipment to be able to install them at that height.

I was pretty gutted—if we couldn’t come up with another idea to fill that space above us that we could do ourselves, then I would have to hire a company to install something for us, and that meant taking money from the budget out of another area.

But as luck would have it, I found another idea that was possible. Bunting.

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Image via Theme Works Weddings

A lot of bunting.

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Image via Theme Works Weddings

Five hundred meters of it, to be exact.

I knew that if I wanted to achieve this kind of look I’d either have to buy lots of bunting…or make it. Making it was definitely going to be the cheapest option, but it would be very time consuming.

Still, I made the decision that, with more time than money, I’d give making it a go.

I first started off by deciding what size I wanted my triangles to be —20 centimeters at the top with sides of 22 centimeters. Big enough to be seen from a distance (I want my work to be noticed!). At this size, with a just less than 20-centimeter gap between them would give me three triangles per one meter. Five hundred meters = …1,500 triangles…

Better get one with it, then!

I bought material at a cheap fabric shop in town and got 60-centimeter widths. I decided to go with a small amount of a lot of different patterns to give lots of splashes of colour.

I made a template of my triangles onto a card and then used it to draw strips. (The image isn’t very clear, but there are pen lines on each end of the triangle!) (The next lot of photos are all personal.)

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Once I had my strips, I drew around my template to create the triangles. (Again, the image isn’t that clear so you have to look closely!)

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Then I cut the strips (using straight scissors for this part) sat on the couch, put on a TV show (at the moment it’s White Collar on Netflix—Matt Bomer makes any task a lot more interesting), and cut out the triangles with pinking shears!

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In three months I’ve cut out over 420 triangles—so over half of the 750 that I need to do! It’s not too bad, though. Each piece of fabric makes around 27 triangles, and I can do two to three in an hour or so. My mum and dad are helping with the other 750.

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I have lots of colours in lots of different patterns. Most are from the fabric shop, but other bits have come from cheap pillowcases my mum found on eBay! Dad has even cut up a single bed sheet into triangles…legend.

It’s been pretty time intensive, but I’ve got into a good routine now. I take a few different sheets of material, draw them up, cut them into strips, and then cut them out all at once in an evening. I think the hardest part is going to be sewing them together!

We’ve yet to even buy the binding material, but I think we’re going to get all the cutting out of the way before embarking on the sewing journey!

What’s your most ambitious DIY project?

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Mrs. Jackrabbit

Location:
Brighton, UK
Wedding Date:
September 2013

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    asia 2555 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:21 pm

    LOVE!

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    kbiceling 298 posts, Helper bee @ 4:30 pm

    I love all of your colored triangles! They are going to be really fun when you have them all together!

    I also really love White Collar (and Matt Bomer, he’s so yummy!).

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 5:17 pm

    I loveeee White Collar. I have watched a lot of shows throughout my planning process haha.

    Also, I’m totally doing bunting like this is a much smaller quantity! I was thinking about doing a post about it but yours is so much better I’ll probably just mention it :)

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    DBS5127 220 posts, Helper bee @ 5:23 pm

    Wow that’s a lot of cutting! I’m impressed!

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    mkelove 666 posts, Busy bee @ 6:48 pm

    Wow, that is super impressive.. I don’t know if I would have the patience to cut out all of those triangles. I can’t wait to see the final product!

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    applesith 22 posts, Newbee @ 7:21 pm

    I can’t wait to see the final product!

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:22 pm

    This is going to be incredible! I really hope I see the final product!

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    mylittleviolett 2124 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:46 pm

    Wow! That’s awesome :)

    Our most ambitious DIY is making 350 mini origami butterflies for guests to throw as confetti when we walk down the aisle as husband and wife.

    We made 30 today so far. 320 to go :P

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    mskoloa 75 posts, Worker bee @ 11:59 pm

    Have you thought about using a rotary cutter with the pinking blade? I’m sure you know this, but it works like a pizza cutter. It might make the process faster.

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 3:26 am

    You are so cute!! What a great project and it will look wonderful. You could always do just a few white lanterns if you wanted!

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    JKStover 12 posts, Newbee @ 7:46 am

    I just have to say I tried to make origami butterflies with my nieces the other night, and it was sooo hard! The paper kept ripping, and we didn’t understand the folds. So, bravo to you! haha

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:51 am

    @kbiceling: mmmm isn’t he just?!

    @Miss Lemur: noooo! def do yours!! mine is large scale – some people will want to read amount small scale as it might help them if they want to do the same! :)

    @mylittleviolett: it gets easier as you go on and get a process going :) those butterflies sound amazing.

    @mskoloa: i’m actually finding that the pinking is the easiest bit – but thanks for suggesting :)

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    MLDoddie 2126 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:57 am

    Love it!!!

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 6:00 pm

    This is going to be epic. I cannot wait to see how it turns out!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:16 pm

    One of my bridesmaids has a similar vision for her wedding – bunting and paper lanterns. I love it and think it makes for great pictures. You are a champ for making all of it. You have patience and skills, lady!

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 4:59 am

    This will look awesome! I like this a lot better than the lanterns :) Good luck with the sewing!!

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    mswallaby 2066 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:00 am

    Dang girl good work! Can’t wait to see how it turns out; I loove bunting!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:24 am

    I love bunting and lanterns also! We will do both… our venue doesn’t allow us to hang anything inside or on the walls, so we will have a little bit of bunting, and the lanterns will be outside on the deck where we will have cocktail hour. I can’t wait to see how yours turns out. I looooooove the look and your inspiration pic!! :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:54 am

    This is going to be awesome, I love your fabric choices!

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    lovelyduckie 756 posts, Busy bee @ 7:17 am

    My most ambitious project is probably making a ribbon garland for every chair (66-88 chairs) as well as a ribbon wand streamer for every guest. We’re doing paper lanterns but we won’t be stringing them across the room, we’ll just be hanging them off the light tracks, I’ll be stringing a few tissue paper poms poms between the tracks though.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:01 pm

    I just can’t get over the idea of half a kilometer of bunting, that sounds epic.

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    Schneewittli 56 posts, Worker bee @ 7:24 am

    Wow! My mum and I did about 100m of bunting, and I thought that was a lot, lol.
    Sewing them together wasn’t actually too bad. We bought a spool of thick acrylic yarn (much cheaper than ribbon and very sturdy) and simply zigzagged the triangles onto the yarn – we took turns, one of us was sewing, the other one cutting the threads and immediately folding the bunting into neat piles so they wouldn’t get tangled. It took us about 3hrs to do the 100m…
    I love your choice of fabric, it will look so cool when you’re done and it’s so rewarding!

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    christine, Guest @ 7:39 am

    I love all of this, and it will look fantastic. I think my favorite part is your dad helping! That is so adorable that he is cutting out triangles, I just love the image of him helping you make decorations for your special day:)

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    Rachel White, Guest @ 6:57 am

    Oh my goodness! To recoup your costs you HAVE to hire this out for other people’s weddings afterwards. I live in the North West (UK) and would love to hire it for mine in 2015. I was going to make my own, but this is the perfect solution! You can make some pennies back, and the love and happiness it brings to your wedding could travel all over.

    You could even get each person that hires it to embroider one of the flags, and watch it fill up over the years. Who knows, it might even get full!

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:51 am

    @Rachel White: what a gorgeous idea!! Where in the North West?? I’m from Bolton :)

    We’ve done most of it now. Not perfect by any means, but it’ll be high up and no one will be scrutinising it! Hopefully no one else would mind if I hired it out! :) At least it would save them a lot of work! xx

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