Hobbit Birthday Party Bunting

April 25th, 2013

The hardest part of making hobbit birthday party bunting is getting in and out of Pinterest with a feasible plan before you lose years of your life in the real world. Seriously. Those pinners are into hanging some triangles, man. I’ll venture bunting is second only to mason jars in Pinterest obsessions.

Having finally found a couple of helpful tips for stringing pennants together without a sewing machine, we headed off to buy materials. This turned out to be the second hardest part of making hobbit birthday party bunting. Certain people wanted to make the flags out of cardstock in bold primary colors or cool black and white prints. Certain other people insisted “green stripes” not found in cardstock in either craft supply chainstore. At ten minutes to closing, those certain people found two calico fabric prints they deemed perfect, which necessitated the first people paying additional money for a pair of pinking shears and a bottle of wine.


Supplies: one yard each of coordinating calico cloth, one pair pinking shears, one roll jute twine. Cost: $18.94 and two hours of my life I will never get back.


For the pennant template, I drew a triangle six inches wide along the fold of a manila file folder, so that it opened up into a diamond shape. I wish I could remember where I got this tip, but my bunting quest through Pinterest is a blur.


I spread my fabric out, doubled the way it comes on the roll, and started tracing triangles with a permanent marker. The file folder template lets you flip open the triangle to trace another on top, and just makes things a little easier. The wine functions in much the same way.


Then I got out my spanking new pinking shears, and started cutting. I got about 72  six-inch-wide pennants from each yard.


From there, it was just a matter of punching holes in the corners, and stringing the pennants onto a 12-foot length of jute twine.


I did make one rookie mistake, which was to buy one fabric (the dark green) that was only printed on one side. I was stumped for a minute, thinking I would have to glue pairs of them together, when I realized I could just punch holes through two pieces at once, back to back. That meant fewer dark green triangles than the checked ones, but it works. Voila, reversible bunting.


I managed to get one bunting hung up before going to bed a little past midnight. I’m hoping we can get five more strung together after school today, and that it will go much more quickly now that the pennants are all cut. We still have a troll head pinata to paint, after all. But it’s starting to look like a party around here already.



3 Responses to “Hobbit Birthday Party Bunting”

  1. Melissa says:

    I’m very impressed at how festive this looks, but I really had to come comment to say you have me laughing hard this morning – and that’s even more impressive considering I’m not fully caffeinated. Thank you.

  2. marilee pittman says:

    Looks fantastic!

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