Monday 13 October 2014

How to make Mini Tag Bunting - Tutorial

In my last post I promised a tutorial for making the Mini Tag Bunting I used in my Autumn mushroom box decoration. This is a really fast project and no sewing is required.

It's fun to make and you can use this sweet little bunting (or banner!) for any occasion.

Here is what you need to make the Mini Tag Bunting:
  • 6 pieces of linen fabric and 2 pieces of print/solid fabric, each one sized at least 1" x 2". You can use any fabric you like but consider that the printed letters have to show up on the fabric you choose. Scraps are great for this project too. The number of tags you make depends on what you want to write in your bunting, of course;
  • 8 eyelets;
  • eyelet pliers;
  • burlap twine (string)
  • rotary cutter or scissors

To make the mini tags cut 6 pieces of linen fabric and 2 pieces of print/solid fabric to 1" x 2". Then, using the 45 degree lines on your mat cut off the top corners of the tags by 1/4" to make the label shape.

To insert the eyelet, fold the tag lengthwise and make a tiny cut with a pair of sharp scissors. Now fold the fabric tag in the other direction, where the corners have been cut off, and make another tiny cut. These two cuts form a cross now.

Insert the eyelet in the cross you have cut in the fabric. With the eyelet pliers press the eyelet, blocking it into place.

Print the letters onto the fabric using rubber letter stamps and ink that fixes on fabric just ironing over it (use baking paper between your iron and the printed fabric). I used a black VersaCraft ink pad and the letter stamps are actually from a game that belongs to my daughters! Stamp the letters after inserting at least one eyelet so you can see the exact spacing on the tag. Use a ruler to check you're stamping the letters all at the same height.

Cut 4-5" pieces of burlap twine and use these to tie each tag. The longer the twine the less fidgety it is to tie the knot. You can always cut off the extra bit of string. It useful to use strings the same length for each tag, so the knot comes in the same place and they hang at the same height.

Now you just have to string the tags on a long piece of burlap twine and hang your Mini Tag Bunting where you like!

The Mini Tag Bunting would look lovely as a cake decoration too: two kebab sticks with the bunting spelling out the name of the party girl/boy!

Coming soon, two pincushion tutorials:

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  1. So cute. I want to make this for my granddaughter. Thanks for sharing. I love to come back!
    Love from Amsterdam

  2. Such cute bunting with the fabric eyelet tags! Thanks for the tutorial. Your mushrooms are so sweet, too.

  3. Your decorative box of mushrooms with bunting is just too adorable. It's like a tiny festive room for happy little gnomes.

  4. The bunting is so cute. Thank you for the great tutorial.


  5. I need to think of more things to do with eyelets do I can justify buying a set of eyelet pliers! :)

  6. What a cute bunting! Thanks for showing how you made it!

  7. You're little mushroom box and bunting are soo cute!

  8. I like your tutorial so much!!
    There's a prize for you on my blog... ;)

  9. That is so cute. Especially with those mushrooms! Good job!

  10. I saw your beautiful mushrooms and found it delightful that mini banner !!! Thanks for the tutorial. Have a nice day. Giorgia

  11. That little tag bunting and cute mushrooms are simply adorable! Using the bunting as a birthday cake display is a fabulous idea, too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Such a creative idea, both the bunting and the Autumn mushroom box. Thanks for sharing how you made it. I can see this made into a Christmas scene.

    1. Hi, I've featured your bunting today and your blog is the featured blog this week.

  13. A fabulous tutorial for a gorgeous project. Thank you so much.

  14. Your fabric mushrooms look so much better than the magazines! And love your cute bunting idea, thanks for the tutorial.

  15. So cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

  16. grazie per il tutorial! bellissimi i finghetti in tessuto!