Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Candy Corn Bunting Tutorial

Hello, hello!  I am back tonight with a fast, fun and festive tutorial for you.  :-)


You will need a white solid, an orange tonal and a yellow tonal print as well as a black tonal print for this project.  A FQ each of the white, orange, and yellow and a 1/4 yard cut (9 x WOF) of the black.  Purchase a kit bundle here.


You will start by cutting the following from each print.  (For the candy corn pieces, you'll cut parallel to the long side of the fat quarter.)

  • Yellow Print: FIVE 2.5" x 21" strips 
  • Orange Print: THREE 3.5" x 21" strips 
  • White Print: TWO 2.5" x 21" strip
  • Black Print: TWO 2.5" x WOF strips

Starting with the yellow print, mark one strip with alternating diagonal lines.  One side of each rectangle should be 7" wide and the opposite side 5" wide.  Once you've marked the strip, stack all five strips and carefully cut your rectangles. You should get three angled rectangles from each strip.


Repeat the process with the orange strips  -- the long side of the rectangles should be 5" and the short side should be 2.5".  The white strips you will be cutting triangles as shown below with the bottom of the triangle being 3" wide.  (I cut mine 3.5 but 3 will line up better!)


Next, chain piece your rectangles together - starting with the orange and yellow.  Then adding the white.


Press seams open. You need 14 pieced triangles.


Next, cut a paper rectangle 6.5" x 7.5" and fold in half.  Draw lines to create a triangle for your pennant template.


Pin two pieced triangles right sides together, matching the seams as closely as possible.  Lay the paper template on top and trace the template onto the triangle.  (Line the template up with the top of the yellow strip.)


Next, you'll stitch 1/4" seam on the INSIDE of the template lines.


Trim along the line, grading the seam a little closer to the stitching on the white portion of the triangle.


Turn the triangles right sides out and carefully push out the point at the bottom.  Press.  (Tip: I like to use a bone folder tool to push out the corners and points since it isn't sharp.)


Carefully top stitch 1/8" from the edges along each side, pivoting at the point with your need down. Trim each triangle to the same size.  Mine were 6.75" tall.


You should have 7 total candy corn flags.  Aren't they cute?!


We're almost done ... let's finish it up.  Piece the two long black strips together end-to-end as you would binding.  The fold in half lengthwise, pressing as you go.  The press the sides into the center.


Find the middle of your black binding strip and place a flag in between the layers.  Pin in place.


Add three flags on each side of the center flag ... spacing them about 3 inches apart. Keep pinning to keep everything in place.


At the end of the binding strip, fold the edge in to tuck away the raw edges.

Start at one end of the binding strip and stitch across the short side, backstitching to secure the thread. Pivot at the corner and stitch along the edge - about 1/8" in.


Keep stitching the length of the bunting. Finish the end like you started at the opposite end of the bunting.


Press your bunting when you are finished and enjoy!


I might have squealed when I hung this.  My husband might have also rolled his eyes.  ;-)


It was raining a lot here this weekend so I apologize that some of my photos are a little dark. If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment. If you make a bunting, I'd love to see it - please link it up!

Happy Sewing!  :-)

7 comments:

  1. Love this - no waste unlike the strip-pieced method! Great, now I'm going to ignore the fifty million projects I have in order to make this. ;)

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  2. This is so adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  3. Oh, how lovely! I might just have to make one of these...we'll see!

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  4. This is too fun! My sister especially would love this (she is pretty fond of candy corn). :)

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  5. So cute! Candy corn is the perfect shape for bunting making :)

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  6. I bought this material and it just arrived! Now I can't wait to get started....thank you.

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