April 1, 2013

How to Make a Chalkboard Bunting


I actually completed this task weeks ago, but our family went through a week with the flu that felt more like an eternity than just one week and we're still trying to get back into the swing of things.  Is it just me or does each day you spend ill put you a day and a half behind in laundry, dishes, and life in general?


Start by cutting a cardboard triangle to use as your pattern.


And then cut triangles out of a thick fabric or a canvas drop cloth; two triangles for each chalkboard pennant of the bunting.


Paint the triangles on one side with 2 coats of chalkboard paint. Let dry for a day or two.


Give the triangles a slight sanding and then rub all over with chalk and wash the chalk off.  This preps the chalkboard-y surface to accept chalk better. 


With painted sides together, sew two triangles together on two edges.  Leave the top edge open.


 After doing a few of these I learned to cut the very tip off the bottom of the pennant so that when I turn it right-side-out it will be flatter and sit nicer.


Turn triangle right side out. Continue until you have your desired amount of chalkboard pennants.  

FYI: The chalkboard-y-ness isn't super erasable, meaning that you need a damp cloth to erase it, not just your hand or a chalkboard brush. But that's no big deal.


Make some ordinary fabric pennants for your banner by cutting triangles from pretty fabrics using the same  template and sewing them right side together just like you did for the chalkboard ones.  Press them flat with an iron. (But don't iron the chalkboard ones....that might be messy...)


Use fold-over-binding to string your pennants together.  Just fold it over the tops of each pennant and stitch it closed. 

I've hung it in my little girls room....


...but not before I used it as decoration for a sewing party I hosted!


And I whipped up another one as part of a baby gift for a beloved friend expecting her second bundle of joy! I just love these little banners. I might just have to think up some excuses to whip up a few more!


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15 comments:

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  2. I was just thinking yesterday, Oh I hope she posts soon, I could use some creative ideas to get me in a sewing mood, and today you have! These are absolutely adorable. I plan on picking up some fold-over-binding and some sheer fabric (for reusable produce bags) next time I have a coupon! Thanks so much for all your awesome posts!

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  3. What a great idea such fun for the children - I can't wait to have a go - thank you for the idea and the tutorial x

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  4. Such a sweet idea. I love it! You always choose the prettiest fabrics.

    Tina

    PS - I hope that you are all feeling better. :)

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  5. This is perfect!! My son's birthday is coming up and I was looking for decorating ideas.. I think if I used some "boy-ish" material I can get this ready in time. And bonus, I can hang it in his room when the party is over. :) Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  6. I love this!! Do you think you could use "chalkboard cloth"?

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    1. I don't have any experience working with chalkboard cloth. Sorry!

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  7. I love this idea. It looks specially cute for spring.
    Buuuuut my real question is, did you make that cute doll house and do you have the link?!! omg I'm in loooovve

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  8. I want to make one just because the fabrics are so cute :).
    Hope you all feel better soon!
    Ieva

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  9. Glad you are feeling better!

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  10. Just remembered I wanted to ask you where that cute light blue cart is from. I love it.

    On a completely different topic (sorry)...I'm a new homeschooling parent and was wondering if you would ever consider talking about how you go about selecting curriculum, making lesson plans, scheduling homeschooling into what must be a busy life already, etc. I know that your children are still very young and some of those things may not apply, but I would really appreciate any thoughts or advice on this that you could possibly give at some point. The child I'm homeschooling has been in public up to this point and is in third grade. I'm feeling kind of overwhelmed by everything I've been reading online.

    Thanks so much.

    Tina

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    1. Hi Tina! The cart is the "raskog" cart from Ikea.

      I often get asked questions about homeschooling that I don't feel qualified to answer because, as you said, my kids are still so young and I'm pretty knew to this. But I am hoping to do a "day in the life of" sort of post at some point so you can get a glimpse into our homeschool day.

      Thanks for reading! :)

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    2. That kind of post would be really useful for me. My situation is pretty unique because I actually have another child in preschool and two others in public besides the homeschooled one. Trying to figure out a daily schedule has been so hard for me. I don't know what a "normal" homeschool day is supposed to look like. Thanks for your response!
      Tina (in Cypress, Texas- Houston area)

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    3. I agree with Tina. I would love to see a post about this. I'm considering "homeschooling" my three year old. She needs stimulation and structure and I'm not sure how to approach this. I worked full time with my oldest daughter so she was in daycare all day and am now working from home part time with my little one. Any ideas would be much appreciated! Thanks Kelly. :)

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