Hand Embroidered Bunting

In my last post about about how to dye your own silk ribbon I included a photo of a wrapped present, and this is post is about what is inside that present!

I came across the idea for this project while browsing the lovely book Secret Garden EmbroideryPS your local library is a great resource for crafting and embroidery books.

I love this project because you can customize it for all sorts of applications and it makes a great gift.

I thought this bunting banner would be great for, a reusable DIY birthday sign for parties, and to embroider someones name (I think it would be super cute in a baby nursery!)

For my project I decided to write BOSS as a gift for a friend.

I mostly followed the pattern from the book, cutting out my felt and attaching the “wasting canvas” which, I had never heard of until this project. The canvas allows you to follow a pattern and count your stitches on a non-woven fabric like felt.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.  Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

I embroidered the letters in stages by color doing all the green first and then purple and so on.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

Here is a detail of how the wasting canvas allows you to follow a grid over your felt.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

This is the true magic of wasting canvas, once you are don’t with your embroidery you simply spray the canvas with water and using a tweezer or plier pull the threads one by one effectively unweaving the canvas and your embroidery will stay attached to the fabric underneath.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

Once done with the embroidery I hand stitched a blank felt flag to each embroidered flag sandwiching the cotton twill tape in between simultaneously.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.  Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

The last little detail I added which was not included in the book was to finish the ends of the twill ribbon with a small felt sandwich with her initials on each side.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

Detail shots of how to make custom DIY Hand embroidered, felt Bunting flags.

This project definitely requires attention to detail if you decide to follow a pattern for the embroidery but I think would be just as cute if it were done freehand.

I am already plotting out my next banner that I want to make to decorate new office!

HAPPY BUNTING!

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