Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop & Christmas Bunting Tutorial

Plum and June

It’s finally my day to participate in Plum & June’s “Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop”!  If you are new to my blog, thanks for stopping by, and if you are a current reading, I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about me.

My name is Janice and I live in Glendale, CA with my husband and 2 children (Liam is 3 and Emmeline is 17 months).  We recently moved back to the LA area from Sonoma County and I am enjoying settling back into our 1927 English tudor-style bungalow.

Here are a few projects I have made:

1. April Bee Happy, 2. Oliver + S “Family Reunion” Dress, 3. 80’s swap, 4. Sneak Peak, 5. DQS10:front, 6. Circle Stroller Quilt, 7. Scrappy Lone Star Quilt, 8. FLQS- Birds Fly Over the Rainbow, 9. Stud “Fussy Cut” Swap, 10. FLQS1- Done and ready to send, 11. Cloth diapers for Emmeline, 12. DQS11-front, 13. Fairy Tale Baby Quilt, 14. Emmeline’s Stocking, 15. Geese in the Forest top, 16. Bee Block for July

Beth asked a few questions and here are my answers!

       – How long have you been quilting: I have been sewing for as long as I can remember, but only quilting for 3.5 years.  I have in MFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon, so garment sewing is my forte, but I didn’t make my first quilt until I was pregnant with my son. I was HOOKED!
       – Favorite quilting tip: Chain piece whenever you can.  It’s so much quicker!
       – Favorite blogging tip:  Just be yourself and also show lots of photos of your work (process, too!)
       – Favorite fabric (or wish list fabric): My must-have fabric of the moment is Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander.  You can see other fabrics I am oogling on my Pinterest.
– Favorite craft book: I am so inspired by “Sunday Morning Quilts” (I am addicted to scrappy projects).  On wish list is “Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters” and the Japanese craft book “163 Favorite Patchwork Patterns”.
– Book you are currently reading: I recently read “Angry Housewives Eating Bob-Bons” and I really enjoyed it. I also love Diana Gabaldon, Michael Chabon, Marian Keyes, & Sophie Kinsella, to name a few authors.
– Favorite children’s book: My kids and I love “I Took The Moon For A Walk” and “Kitten’s First Full Moon
– Favorite quilting tool: My rotary cutter.
Favorite music to listen to while quilting: Ben Folds Five and I also listen to 90’s music on Pandora.
 – Favorite TV show while hand stitching: “Modern Family”, “How I Met Your Mother”, or older shows like “Quantum Leap”.
– Binding – by hand or by machine?: Almost always by hand.  I love hand-sewing the last little bit of the quilt.  It’s so relaxing.
On to the tutorial!

DIY fabric Christmas bunting

For my tutorial, I thought I would show my lovely readers how to make Christmas-themed  bunting.  It’s a very quick, easy way to add a touch of handmade Christmas to your home and it also makes a great gift!

You will need:

  • 9 various fabric strips (1.5″ x 12″)
  • 1 9″ x 12″ piece of felt
  • Heat ‘n’ Bond Lite (or some sort of iron-on adhesive)
  • ribbon and trim scraps

Sew strips together along long edges to create a 9.5″ x 12″ rectangle.  Press seams flat and sew 3 strips of trim diagonally on rectangle as pictured above.

Cut 9″ x 12″ piece of Heat n Bond and iron onto felt (be careful not to melt your felt!) and then iron your fabric strip rectangle onto the felt.

Draw shapes on your felt.  I drew 4 triangles (trees), 3 stockings and a candy cane.

Cut shapes out and top-stitch around the edge of each one.  I added a felt trunk to each tree as I was top-stitching.

DIY Fabric Chritsmas Bunting

Sew onto ribbon, hang bunting and enjoy!

DIY Fabric candy cane ornament

You can also make them into tree ornaments by sewing a gold embroidery thread through each one.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope to see you around here again real soon! Make sure you also stop by Shena’s blog today and give her a warm welcome!

24 thoughts on “Let’s Get Acquainted Blog Hop & Christmas Bunting Tutorial

  1. Great post Janice! I love your tutorial idea – those are so cute! All your projects in your mosaic are awesome – I especially like that Little Red Riding Hood mini.

  2. Great post! It’s great to ‘meet’ you. I love your tutorial. It’s something that my kids would love to do. I’ll have to make an effort to try it before Christmas. My tutorial was for a Christmas table runner, so there must be something in the water around here!

  3. Great post and tutorial, Janice! Thanks! Thanks for sharing your latest projects. Man, you are prolific! I especially am loving that Stud Fussy-Cut Swap circle and the Little Red Riding Hood. Please tell me, what is your stabilizer of choice? I have some Sulky Totally Stable but am thinking I may need some Wonder Under for a machine applique project. Thanks! I see you use Heat n Bond, but stabilizers are completely foreign to me. Hmmm … sounds like a great idea for a post 😉

  4. Already a follower, but nice to get to know you better:) Love the variety in your mosaic – many items I hadn’t seen and I will have to check out! Great tutorial – easy + looks fancy = perfect!

  5. I love your tutorial. I can’t believe it is time for Christmas Crafts even though I did one for my tutorial. It would be wonderful to see some of your costume designs as well. Nice to meet you on the blog hop!

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