Hi everyone! I’ve picked up a few “cutter” quilts over the last year or so and decided I needed to come up with some ideas for using these poor old things. I noticed a fun bunting Melissa at Melissa’s Antiques made with some quilted squares, and that got me picking through my stash. One in particular, a white and pink favorite, seemed like a good choice for a decorative bunting. Let me show you how I made it.
Basically, you just need an old quilt, some seam binding, a pair of scissors, and a glue gun.
Here’s a quilt I bought last year at a garage sale for just $2.00 (crazy, right?). Filled with small holes, rips, and brown staining, it is just a quilt. I’d date it to about the 1920’s or 30’s judging by the colors and fabrics. Particularly during the Depression, quilters would incorporate old clothing into their projects. The patterned fabric with the white background looks to me like a print from men’s pajamas. What do you think? The calico might have been a special purchase, or it may have come from a dress.
To begin with, I decide what size I wanted each pennant to be, and then I cut the pieces out.
I decided to make two buntings–a larger and a smaller one. In this photo you can see the measurements I used for the pennants.
I used this lovely vintage seam binding to hang the pennants from.
And attached them using a glue gun. I applied the glue to the top of the pennant and then laid the seam binding over it and pressed lightly. You want the glue and the fibers to adhere to each other well, otherwise, they will pull apart. Be sure to leave loose seam binding on each end for tying if necessary.
I hung the smaller bunting across the ironstone cupboard in the dining area of my kitchen.
The larger one I’ve hung over my mantel, which I’m in the process of redecorating.
I’m enjoying the simplicity right now, but I’ve been working on a mirror makeover to give the mantel a whole new look. Stay tuned!
I think they are sweet and cheerful, adding some nice vintage charm to the house.
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