Adventures in Dressmaking: Triange bunting with words! A tutorial

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Triange bunting with words! A tutorial

More wedding DIYs and crafts today!  I've got lots to do before the big day in just over a month...

This time I want to share with you what I've put together for decor on some of the tables at the reception.  You may have seen my triangle bunting tutorial here, to drape over trees and such, but I also wanted something festive for the dessert table, guest book table, gifts table, and for our chairs!  This kind of look:
All from Ruffled

So I wanted to turn the triangle bunting idea into signage!  And I've seen similar things for parties and home dec...
From Pickup Some Creativity
From TeaforJoy
So here's a tutorial for triangle bunting with words on it!
  • Start with some bunting sewed to/hung from ribbon.  You can check out my tutorial here for the basic bunting.  For words, though, don't put any space between the flags--or do very little space if you're trying to make a longer garland.
  • You'll also need spray adhesive, Tacky or other glue, fabrics you like, and a printer. 
Got those?  Great, here's how to put it all together:
  • In a word processing document, type the words you want for your garlands and pick the size and font.  I used a basic font in a large size and printed out a test page of just a few letters to verify the size was right for the triangles I had.
  • I recommend putting the font in very light grey or in an outline only--you just need it for a pattern, no need to waste the ink for dark colors.
  • Cut out each letter carefully.
  • Put the letters face up on the ground (I do this outside since spray adhesive can get everywhere!!) and spray the fronts of them.
  • Put the letters face down onto the back of your fabric.  If your fabric doesn't have a right and wrong side, it won't really matter, but on a printed fabric, make sure to put the letters face down so they look backward.
  • Now, using the paper as a pattern/guide, cut out the letters from the fabric.
  • Peel the lightly sticky paper off the backs of the letters (carefully!).
  • Now, pull out your garlands and glue your letters down.  Tacky Glue or other good fabric glue would be great, but I didn't have any so I used Elmer's.  Put a thin line of glue down each letter, place it where you want it, and glue down.
  • Wait for it to dry.  That's it!

They are so cute!  I made five different message garlands... you'll see them all in pics from the wedding!  Gifts, Guest Book, etc...

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the tutorial--this is a super fun project for any time you need a classy and cute sign for a party or anything, too.

(If you did any other DIYs for your wedding or for a friend or loved one, I'd love for you to share them in the Adventures in Dressmaking DIY Weddings Flickr group!!)

P.S.  Here's how they looked at the wedding!

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  1. This is a really cute idea. I find I am actually in LOVE with the cake in the first photo. I made my cake for my wedding and it was relatively easy; are you planning on making your own?

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  2. Yeah, that is a gorgeous cake. We're not having a cake, although I had always imagined that I would like to make my own if we did!

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  3. Great tutorial! I wouldn't have thought to do it like that, but now feel fairly confident I could make a cute bunting like that, and with a birthday party coming up.... Can't wait to try it out! :)
    Jaime

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  4. Looks great - love that you have all that energy for making a brilliant wedding. Love to see more from you :*

    Annika - Denmark

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  5. Where did you get the stand that's supporting the large seating plan chalkboard? I just purchased two large bulletin boards from Home Goods and want to use them to display the ceremony program and maybe the menu.

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    1. Oh, I have no idea!! I actually don't even think I own that... maybe it was a friend's? I'd say check Goodwill or something!

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