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Club Inspire

Upcycled Bunny Bunting by Tamara Melvin

 

Super-talented Tamara was a finalist in series 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee. Since then she has worked with a number of large sewing brands, presented on live TV, created designs for magazines and now runs sewing and crafting workshops and children’s sewing parties.

You Will Need

template download
2 men’s shirts for upcycling
A4 sheets of pink & blue wool felt
cotton fabric scraps for the
200cm (80”) of plain bias binding
150cm (60”) of patterned
co-ordinating embroidery threads
5 buttons

Tools

basic sewing kit
sewing machine
iron
heat-erasable pen
computer & printer

How to Make

Use the template to cut out 12 triangle from the shirts (you will need two triangles per pennant), six bunny faces from felt and 12 ear inserts from fabric scraps. Pin a bunny and the ear inserts onto a pennant and stitch around the edges of them, trimming any loose threads. Repeat for the remaining pennants.

Embroider the facial features onto the bunnies using embroidery thread and separate the threads to use just one strand for the whiskers.

Sew the front and back triangles of the pennants right sides together, leaving the tops open. Turn them through to the right sides through the open tops and press them.

Open out the plain bias binding and pin it onto the front of the pennants, aligning the top edges and leaving 9cm (3½”) between each pennant.

Leave 30cm (12”) on each end to act as ties. Stitch the binding with a 0.6cm (¼”) seam allowance in one continuous line. Fold it over to the reverse side with enough to cover the original seam. Slowly stitch along the ditch of the original seam along the length of the binding and press it.

Fold and press the patterned bias binding in half lengthways if using single-fold bias binding. Stitch the open long sides together then cut it into five 30cm (12”) strips. Tie each strip into a bow. Pin and stitch the bows between the pennants and embellish each one by stitching a button onto the centre of it by hand to finish.

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