Bunting for Chanukah
Posted 26 July, 2011on:
After the success of my Pesach placemats, I thought I would try and sew something else for my home.
Using a mixture of Jewish prints and co-ordinating material from my stash, I made some bunting to hang up for Chanukah. My daughter absolutely loves it, and I’m sure it will get a lot of use in the years to come.
If you’d like to do something similar, you can find plenty of tutorials on the internet. I used these ones.
How to make bunting: http://www.myhomemadehappy.com/?p=54
I followed these instructions pretty closely, apart from not cutting two pieces of fabric at the same time. I found it easiest to use a single chopstick to make the point of each pennant (triangle). And I sewed strips of velcro at each end so I can open and close the loops.
My biggest challenge was making my own bias binding for the first time. I used the instructions from here: http://modernquiltlove.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/how-to-make-continuous-bias-binding/
This references another site: http://pir8.freeservers.com/quilting/CBT/
Then there was an a-ha moment when I discovered I could get it all to fold up perfectly by threading a pin into the cover of my ironing board: http://creativelittledaisy.typepad.com/creative_little_daisy/2007/11/diy-version-of.html
Thanks to these sites, I successfully made what I needed, and half a metre of 110cm wide fabric was successfully transformed into nearly 11 metres of bias binding. The worst part was ironing it all!
Then it was just a case of pinning it all together and letting the sewing machine do the rest.
Unfortunately some of my menorahs are upside down – but I didn’t want to waste fabric by not using them, and if the bunting is against a wall then you will only see them right side up.
It feels like a party with this strung up in my home! I made three separate lengths, each about 3.5 metres long (20-23 pennants). Roll on Chanukah!!