DIY Fabric Bunting: Sweet Tea Challenge

Want to know a secret? I have always thought it would be fun to be on a reality show. You know, one of those "Craft Challenge" shows where the participants are given certain materials and then have a limited amount of time to create something amazing. I don't even know if such a show exists anymore- but if you hear about a "Project Runway" style show for crafters... let me know! Until then, I have found the next best thing. A Craft Challenge via the blog world. No fancy television cameras, but there are some fierce competitors and voting involved.

This Craft Challenge- named the "Sweet Tea Challenge"is hosted by KariAnne at Thistlewood. The goal of the competition is to create something fun with the fabric charm packs we got at Jemma's recent blog party. And like I said, I am always up for a crafty challenge.

The fabric charm packs came filled with small squares of fabric in various patterns. They could be used for sewing aprons, table runners, creating accessories, or pretty much anything you can imagine. But I decided to use them to create fabric bunting!

I use bunting at least once a month-- for PTA events at school, photo shoots for my crafty projects, or get-togethers at my house. (I love to entertain!) I prefer fabric bunting over paper bunting because it holds up better in storage and can be re-used many times.

Want to make your own fabric bunting? Simply grab a stack of fabric that you love and a pair of fabric scissors.  Next, organize the fabric into color families.

Then cut the fabric into various shapes. No fancy method here, just snip and cut where you want. The fabric from Thistlewood was already cut with pinking shears on the edges-- I think that zig zag made for a cute detail.

Finally, add the fabric to string. You can hot glue it to twine. Or run it through the sewing machine- leaving a bit of space between each piece.

I think this bunting would be the perfect backdrop to an outdoor party. I like to use it to dress up a potted plant or hang along the fence.

As you can see, my dog Coco was quite impressed with my craftiness.

Now I need your help! As part of the competition, there is 'people's choice vote' for which blogger's project is the best. If you think it's me (hint, hint) click below to vote! And while you are at it-- take a chance to look around at what the other bloggers have created. It's always interesting to see how the same materials can be used to create so many different projects.

Click on the "InLinkz" link to see all the projects and vote! An InLinkz Link-up

If you were competing in the Sweet Tea Challenge, what would you create with the fabric?

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