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One of my favorite things to look for when I’m browsing the aisles at antique shops is vintage linen. This yellow set really caught my eye because of the lace ruffled edge! I don’t find this kind often. Let me show you how to make a farmhouse bunting out of this gorgeous vintage linen!
Supplies needed for this diy:
- Vintage linen of your choice
- Coordinating fabric or premade bias tape
- Jute twine
- Fabric glue
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Self healing mat
- Vinyl decals (optional)
Step one: Cut your linen
These pieces of linen were oval shaped, so I just cut them down the middle using a rotary blade and my self healing mat.
Step two: Make a trim
Since there were cut edges and I didn’t just want to fold them over a piece of jute, I decided to make a trim out of a coordinating fabric. Essentially, I made bias tape, if you are familiar with what that is. Let me show you how to make it.
Although you could make a long piece of bias tape to go along the entire bunting, I decided to just add them to each individual section of the linens. I did this so I could move it along the jute depending on the size of your mantel or wherever you are hanging it.
After you determine how long your bias tape is going to be, iron it flat. I had already made the bias tape here but I’m showing you the different folds that I created with an iron.
First, iron it in half long ways to determine your centerline. Open it back up. Then you will fold over the outside edges to meet the centerline and will iron that next.
After you have the two edges folded over to the center line, iron those down well and then you are going to fold it in half again down that same centerline that you started with.
Then you have created bias tape! bias tape is basically trim that you can use to enclose a cut edge or any edge that you want to add detail to. You can sew this project, but we are just going to use glue. You can use fabric glue or you can use hot glue.
Step three: Add bias tape to linen
Now you will add your bias tape to your linen. I chose this black and white gingham, because this is going to be a farmhouse piece of decor.
How you do this is to unfold the bias tape once where your sides are still folded in and wrap that around your cut edge of your linen. If you want to sew this, you can pin this down but you can also just use fabric glue which works perfectly.
Step four: String your bunting on jute
Next you will use jute to string your bunting. You can use a darning needle used for crochet to fish the jute through your pieces of linen.
You could also just lay your jute along the inside of the bias tape before you fold it and glue it together. You might accidentally glue it to your fabric though, so that’s why I suggest using a darning needle.
I added vinyl letters and farms animals to mine, but you can leave them as is and it will be just as cute.
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How cute is this?! I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a farmhouse bunting using vintage linen and that it inspires you to make something similar for your home! Make sure to join our email family to keep up with us each week!