Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Abakhan Projects on a Budget

Hi, I'm Alice from Blossom Heart Quilts.  This was originally supposed to be a Sewist's Christmas Bunting, but thanks to holidays, a naughty postal service and bad timing with my month-long trip back home, it's now become Spring Time Bunting! A quick and easy version involving strip piecing.

What you will need:
3 - 1.5" x 1yd tape measure fabric  (This length is just to strip piece them all in one go. If you choose to buy less, you would need to make multiple strip-pieced units to get the tape measures horizontal.)
4 - 1.5" x 1yd dark green.
2 1/4yd - 25mm silver bias binding
60 degree triangle ruler or template - 7" tall
Pinking shears

Use a 1/4" seam. Press seams open.

Step 1. Strip piece the fabric, alternating green and tape measure fabric. If you are sewing 1yd strips of fabric, lengthen your stitch length to help keep a nice straight seam.

Step 2. Use a 60 degree triangle ruler or template to cut a 7" tall triangle.

Step 3. Flip the ruler/template and cut another triangle. Repeat along your strip.

Step 4. Sew the bunting triangles on to one inside edge of the bias binding, overlapping the corners as shown in the image above.

Step 5. Fold the binding over and topstitch down.

Step 6. Trim each side of the triangle with pinking shears. This will prevent fraying.

Step 7. If you have a problem with the seams poking out the side, trim the corners at an angle like shown above.

Step 8. Hang up and enjoy!

Thanks Lynne and Abakahn for giving me the opportunity to make and share this tutorial! I wonder how long this will last hanging up in the lounge room before my husband has something to say about it...


  1. I love your Christmas/springtime bunting! right now, there is a Halloween bunting hanging in my living room that has been there since January :)

  2. Very cute! Great photos and instructions. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a super day!

  3. So much fun! What a great gift this would be too! Thanks for the Tutorial. Let us know if you husband wants it taken done, we will talk to him!!!!!! LOL!

  4. Great use of christmas fabrics. How fun to have it ready for next year.

  5. I still have my Christmas bunting I was given up in my hallway. It will likely still be there come December...

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