Bunting pennants are on trend right now and so is embroidery. This embroidered PEACE bunting made a cool welcoming gift for my niece who is studying at my alma mater in Toronto.
This was only my second embroidery project so I think it’s suitable for beginners. It took me about two days to complete each letter, but this was done in between other projects, real work, and life in general.
Once complete, string on a wall or across a fireplace mantle and give this DIY PEACE bunting a chance to adorn your space.
• canvas or linen fabric bunting (approx. 6.5”w x 7”h ea.)
• embroidery floss, 3 different colours*
• embroidery needle
• carbon paper
• string or jute twine
• PEACE lettering** Click here to download the Peace Template
• hot glue gun
* I used something called Embroidery Thread and 50g 100% cotton yarn, spliced into 2 strands, both items from Dollarama.
** You have 3 options with this particular lettering: You can do the full 3D effect with 3 colours as done here, or just do the bold typeface or just the inner, light typeface.
STEP 1. Transfer individual letter to bunting pennants using carbon paper. TIP: If you’re using your own lettering, before printing, apply a 1-3pt stroke to your letters and make fill white to save printer ink.
STEP 2. Embroider an outline of each colour section. I used a simple Split Stitch which is suitable for outlines. Repeat for all letters. TIP: Use colour pencils to lightly block out your colours if it will help you keep track.
STEP 3. Use the same Split Stitch to fill in letters. To keep it simple and neat, keep stitches all going in the same direction. Repeat for all letters.
STEP 4. Cut about 10 feet of string. At about 40 inches in, place your first bunting pennant. Hot glue string to back and top of each pennant. Make sure that if you start hot-gluing from the left, to attach the last pennant letter first, i.e. the letter “E”, then proceed to the right, with “C”, “A”, etc. Do the opposite if you’re starting 40″ in from the left with the letter “P” pennant. (I only add this part because this is exactly what I failed to do initially). TIP: Use a quarter to make the spacing between pennants equal.
STEP 5. Allow hot glue to dry before hanging. Cut any excess string or twine from each end so that you have equal hanging string on both sides.
Go ahead, raise your festoon in the air, you’re all done!