DIY No Sew Fabric Bunting

No Sew Bunting Tutorial Do you love all the bunting you see accessorizing homes and wonder how you can add this lovely decor to your room, without sewing?  This project is fast and simple.  Just grab your fabric, a triangle template, some garden twine and a glue gun and you are set. Supplies:
  • Coordinating fabrics
  • Triangle template
  • Fabric Marker or chalk
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun
Instrictions
  • Trace triangle onto fabric and cut out as many triangles as you will need for you bunting.  I used a diamond shaped quilting template I had on hand and cut the diamond in half to make my triangles.  You could also cut a triangle out of cardboard or card stock.
Fabric Bunting Tutorial How to Fabric Bunting
  • I arranged my triangles in the order I wanted them to appear on my bunting, put a strip of hot glue along the triangle top and folded it over the twine.  Then I moved to the next fabric triangle, placing it 2-3 inches away and repeating.
  • How to fabric buntingThat's it.  Told you it was easy!  Great way to add a new splash of color, inexpensively and quickly.
Bunting no sew tutorial No Sew Bunting What do you think?  What are your favorite bunting ideas?

Batik With Beeswax


Maybe you have seen these gorgeous fabrics Suzy made with a crayon resist batik technique she found in a vintage craft magazine;


She posted a great tutorial at the above link, which I attempted.  I absolutely hated painting with crayons, and didn't end up covering the entire fabric with melted crayon wax.  This caused the spray dye to bleed and the final product was awful.  I didn't take a picture, cause it was just sad.  I was bummed.  You know how it goes.  Anyway...
I let it go for a week or so.  Then the thought occurred to me that I could design an image in photoshop, print it on inkjet printer fabric sheets, paint beeswax over the entire thing, and continue as Suzy did.  The logic is that there would already be color on the fabric.  Painting with beeswax would be way easier, I thought, since I could just melt it in my melting pot and keep it warm easily.  And i would just have to brush over the entire print to cover it with the transparent wax, instead of trying to paint in the colors with individual melted crayons (that I kept having to reheat every couple of minutes or so).  
I was right!!! It totally worked:  


1.  Design your image and print it onto cotton fabric made for inkjet printer.Avery Printable Fabric for Inkjet Printers, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Pack of 5 (03384)  
The design I printed onto the fabric

 I let prints dry for 15 minutes before handling, like the instructions said.  Then I removed the backing paper and was left with the prints on fabric.

2.  I melted beeswax in my ranger melting pot and painted the wax over the entire fabric sheets using a one inch gesso brush.  

3.  Once the entire piece of fabric is coated and the wax dry, wad up the sheet to create a bunch of cracks in the wax.

4.  Flatten the sheets back out and spray them with Black tulip fabric spray.  Blot off the excess with paper towels and allow to dry for several hours (Suzy has some great pics of this - I didn't think to photograph mine, but I did it just like she did; except she let it dry overnight, and I could only wait 2 hours).

5.  Place the fabric between two sheets of newspaper and, using your iron on the highest setting, iron out the wax.  This takes several sheets of newspaper.  











This was soooo much easier than the crayon method.  You can do whatever you want with the fabric.  I adhered mine to some board I had lying around to make wall art!

Fabric Wall Art DIY; My Retro Kitchen




Remember my retro kitchen chair/table set? Well, since that project, I have painted the walls a lovely robin egg blue that has been begging for decor to wear. Nothing is quicker and easier as far as adding color to a room then fabric panels. I literally wrapped the canvases with the fabric sheet like I would wrap a gift, then stapled the edges on the back using my staple gun. I am digging the look with the chairs and the bird canvas prints.

There are tons of cool tutorials on fabric wall art, and with the amazing prints available, possibilities abound. Frugal, fabric, fabulous...


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Pier One inspired fabric wall flower…

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While at Pier One last weekend, I saw this fun decoupage fabric flower canvas.  The price tag was something like... $way to much and ten cents, so I decided to create my own version for way less.  I snapped a photo with my handy dandy phone and was off to hack this must have piece.  After some photoshop time, I had templates for the petals from my phone pic and the fun began.  Here is my final piece, and how I did it!
You will need:
*Canvas (got mine at goodwill, had a painting on it - $3, size 24x36in)
*A piece of material large enough to cover your canvas and wrap around the edges wrapping a gift. Mine came from the fabric remnant bin at Joanne's fabric; $2.99
*Several pieces of fabric with various prints to coordinate with your home decor, for the petals (mine are leftover scraps from previous endeavors)
*Scissors, Modge Podge or other decoupage medium
*Paper and printer for template to cut the petals out of the fabric scraps
*Staple gun or hot glue gun to attach background fabric to canvas
Instructions:
1. Iron background fabric if need be
2. Attach to canvas, wrapping like a gift and stapling on backside (Great How About Orange tutorial here).
3. I used the actual photo I shot with my cell phone (above), opened it in photoshop, blew it up to 400% ,and printed out the different petals (there are five different sized petals, and the central circle)
4. Count the petals to determine how many of each size you will need, and cut them out of your fabric.
5. Arrange them on the canvas, on top of the attached background fabric, and coat each petal generously with modge podge. I painted on 2 additional coats of 3/4 modge podge 1/4 water, allowing the piece to dry between each.
I think that's it. Let me know if you have questions. And show us your pics when you are finished!