In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Lemons and Mud”, Sylvia and Martin are inspired by the warm spring morning to set up their first lemonade stand of the season. There’s just one problem – no lemons! No matter what type of stand you’re setting up, this festive bunting will be the icing on the cake. It’ll make your stand the most special one in town!
You Will Need
Solid Fabric Rectangles (about 6 inches by 8 inches each)
Contrasting Fabric Scraps (about 5 inches by 6 inches each)
Pellon Fusible EZ-Steam
What To Do
Start by gathering your fabric scraps and trimming them to size. You’ll need to iron each scrap so that they lay nice and flat. If you’re making the word “lemonade” you’ll need 8 solid fabric rectangles and 8 contrasting scraps. If you’re making a different word or words, adjust your numbers accordingly.
Cut your EZ-Steam to about the same size as your fabric scraps. Carefully peel away the paper backing and attach to the wrong side of your fabric. Do this for all the fabric scraps.
Using your scissors, cut out the letters needed to make the word or words for your bunting. Important: you’re cutting on the wrong side, so you’ll have to cut out the letters backwards!
Following the directions from the EZ Steam Package and using your iron, attach the letters to the solid fabric rectangles in the center.
With your pinking shears, trim three sides of the solid rectangle. Do not cut the top side of the rectangle.
Lay out your letters, in order, on a flat table.
Leaving a 2-3 feet of a tail, insert each letter into the center of the bias binding, pinning in place.
Once all the letters are attached, use your sewing machine to sew the bunting together. Starting at the very end of the bias binding, sew as close to the edge as you can. Each time you arrive at a letter, be sure that the top of the rectangle is completely enveloped in the bias binding.
Trim your thread ends and voila! You have a festive banner!
Explore More & Make Connections
Have you ever noticed a banner like the one you made? Where was it? What was it being used for?
Could you use these instructions to make a whole fabric alphabet?
Andrea & Danielle are the creative makers, friends, and co-founders behind Crafting Connections, a magazine and website dedicated to bringing families the tools and inspiration for living creative lives while raising curious & creative children.
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