Father’s Day Bunting

We love our sarcastic, big & burly, teddy bear of a dad! I truly married a wonderful man. He has given me a life I am so blessed to wake up to everyday. As I continue to set the stage for Father’s Day (in hopes to have it decorated by the actual day – Yes, that’s how I role lately) I hope that you can find a project to blog-lift and duplicate for the special man in your life. Today I finally finished a Tie Bunting for the wall above my cubbie-sideboard in the dinning room. I am so happy with the way it came out. Along with advent calendars and pillows – buntings are one of my go-to decor projects. Grab the following supplies and make one for yourself! I would love to see your results; you can upload to our flicker account, email them, or leave a link in the comments to your images. Thanks for sewing along.

SUPPLIES:

3-7 phat quarters (or a  bunch of scraps)

1/4 yd muslin

twine

Tie template (or draw your own, it wasn’t that bad)

scissors

a chop stick or pencil

Frixion Marking Pen (still love this thing!)
Optional: Pinking Shears or Serger
I wanted my scraps to all be in the same color scheme but you can use any MAN-ly scraps you have. Take your template and place it on the WRONG side of your material. Using your Frixion marking pen (or other fabric marker) trace around your template. Repeat this until you have your desired number of ties. I ended up having enough scraps for 15 ties. If you are not using an actual fat quarter and your template does not fit on our fabric, simply mark where your fabric ended on the template and then trace that remaining portion, plus 1/4 inch (for seam allowance), on another section of the same material. HINT: mark your pieces, it will save you later. After you cut the tie out; pin the right sides of your two pieces together, stitch them, and then press the seam.

 When all was said and done I ended up with 15 tie fronts. Now you could cheat here and just serge the edges and leave it, or continue and turn them over and top stitch. I wanted my ties to look as real as possible, just tiny, so I decided to line them with muslin, turn them, then press them. This allowed me NOT to top stitch and have a real-looking tie. If you want to be an OCD crafter like me let’s keep going if not, skip to the bottom of the post to learn how to tie the knot. Okay, for those who are still with me, I might be anal but I also am sneaky, so instead of cutting out 15 more ties in the muslin i decided to try a short cut. I took my ‘SpraynBond’ fabric adhesive and lightly, very lightly, sprayed the muslin.

Then I placed the RIGHT side of the cut ties onto the muslin. You should now have a sheet of muslin with a bunch of ties adhered to up with the WRONG sides facing you. I cut my muslin into three sections so that they would be easier to handle when I took them over to the sewing machine. Next I stitched around each tie leaving the square edges of the tie UN-stitched so that I could turn the ties. 
Once all your ties are stitched you are ready to cut them out. I used my pinking shears to prevent the edges from fraying over time, but I think it might be over kill, so don’t worry if you do not have pinking shears, just cut them out. (If you want to use a serger to finish your edges, I would suggest that you add a 1/8 inch to all sides at the template stage to makeup for the size of a serge stitch – if that all sounds like French to you ignore it! Unless you understand French, then think of it as Spanish or German,…Chinese, confused yet? Yeah – moving along.)

 Next we need to turn them RIGHT-side out. I used to hate this process but after a little encouragement from a friend and a bit of research I found a quick and simple method. On your stitched end, create a little pocket of material.

 Poke a chop-stick or un-sharpened pencil into the pocket… 
 Push the material down over the the chop-stick…
 Soon you will begin to see the right side of the material, keep pulling the fabric down…
 Until all of your material is turned and the chop-stick falls out.
 Once you have turned out all of your ties you need to press them.

Now we need to make the little knots. I tried doing this in front of me like I would if I were tying my husbands tie around his neck, but I couldn’t do it. I had to take a coat hanger and hold it against my bellie so that I could make my knots. It actually created a perfect loop size, so I would suggest trying it. Here is the process, there are many great tutorials out there on tying a tie, here is my tiny version…

Once all your knots are completed you need to lineup your ties and place them in an order that is pleasing to you. I hate this part because there are so many options, but I finally got a series I was happy with. Then I took my twine and just slipped each tie onto the twine through the loops. I used small pins to keep my ties in place but I plan to hand stitch each on to the twine…eventually. Then I cut my desired length of twine and put a knot on each end.

 The final step is to find a place to hang your new Tie Bunting and then fuss with it until you have it just right!

0 thoughts on “Father’s Day Bunting

  1. This is adorable. I think I might need to make a banner or bunting for every holiday. Maybe get crazy and make one for every week of the year! That would be so much fun!

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