When you make tiny things, you need tiny props for your photo shoots. A colorful bunting adds a cheerful party-like feeling to a photo and it’s an easy prop to make yourself.
- All-purpose thread
- Felt scraps in five bright colors (I buy wool-blend felt here)
- Freezer paper and a pencil OR cardboard and chalk/disappearing fabric marker
Draw a small triangle on the matte side of a piece of freezer paper. My triangle is 1.5″ across the top. Cut out your triangle (I drew several to speed things up). Place your freezer paper triangles shiny side down on your felt and press with a warm iron. If you don’t have freezer paper, draw your triangles on cardboard and trace them onto your fabric with chalk or a disappearing fabric marker.
Cut out your triangles. Pull off the freezer paper and repeat on each felt color. I cut four from each color, for a total of 20 triangles. You can reuse the freezer paper again and again before it looses its stick.
Pull the top and bobbin threads on your machine so that you have long thread tails. Slide the first triangle under the presser foot about an 1/8 from the top of the triangle. Lower the presser foot and insert the needle. Give the thread tails a little tug to engage the felt with the feed dogs so that the triangle will move along.
When you get to the end of the first triangle, raise the presser foot with the needle down. Slide the next triangle under the foot, then lower the foot. As you start stitching, give the thread ends a tug again so that the new triangle will engage with the feed dogs and move along under the needle.
Continue in this way until you’ve attached all of the triangles. Some stand-alone stitches in between each triangle adds some nice spacing. After you’ve stitched the last triangle, continue stitching for a few inches, then cut the thread.
A tiny felt bunting makes a great photo prop! Enjoy!
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*Want to make the plush rubber duck and the octopus in this tutorial? Find the patterns here.