Create a beautiful nature-inspired fabric bunting with just stamps & fabric. Project and post by Sarah Olmsted of Imagine Childhood.
At Imagine Childhood, we always like to infuse our crafting with a little nature study, and today’s activity is no exception.
This lovely little nature-inspired bunting is the perfect way to introduce a new subject through a fun craft. This project easily accommodates many different ages and skill levels.
By sewing loops onto the pennants, the bunting can be updated regularly, which also makes it a great addition to any classroom.
This might mean you have a bunting full of flowers one day, birds the next week, or animal tracks after that.
The opportunities for study and creativity are endless.
Want to supercharge your afternoon? Add in a batch of our Tracking Cookies to double down on sweet educational goodness.
How to Make a Nature-Inspired Fabric Bunting
- White cotton fabric (with a smooth weave)
- Assorted patterned and colored scrap fabric
- Ribbon or colorful string
- Needle and thread
- Stamp pad or fabric paint
- Stamps (we used these beautiful nature stamps and this awesome DIY stamp kit)
- Your favorite nature study guides
1. Cut triangles
First cut triangles of white fabric that are approximately 8″ wide and about 5.5″ tall. Cut as many as you’d like on the bunting. Then cut out the same number of triangles from the patterned and colored fabrics but size them up to 8.5″ wide by 6″ tall.
2. Find plants or animals in nature guide
Grab your favorite nature study guides and explore their pages for plants and animals of interest. Learn about where these plants grow, where the animals live, what they eat etc.
3. Pick out stamps
4. Stamp triangles
Use your stamps to decorate the white triangles of the buntings.
5. Sew stamped triangles on decorative backing
When you have all of the triangles decorated, sew them to the alternating colored backing triangles, leaving the edges raw.
6. Create loop holes
Cut two strips of fabric 3/4″ x 2″ for each triangle. Fold these in half and secure the loops to each side with a few stitches. This is where your ribbon or string will go through.
7. Hang bunting
Thread your ribbon or string through the loops and hang your bunting.
*Tips for younger kids: If you have a younger crew, or need something a little more streamlined you can simply cut out triangles of fabric, stamp them and attach them to a ribbon with safety pins or a simple running stitch.
**Additional activities: Try using leaves and flowers or sticks and stones as stamps. Go on a nature hike and collect your favorite shapes and use them to decorate your bunting.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Olmsted is the co-founder of Imagine Childhood. Imagine Childhood is a family-owned and operated company specializing in earth-friendly goods, craft and activity tutorials and educational supplies that support and nurture the magic of childhood.
Their carefully curated collection focuses on products that inspire children to create, imagine, and explore. With an emphasis on quality materials, their toys and tools are made for real kids and real adventures.
In addition to her shop, Sarah is also the author of IMAGINE CHILDHOOD: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play with 25 Projects that spark curiosity and adventure.
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