Ice Cream Party Cupcake Toppers

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These are the handmade cupcake toppers for an Ice Cream birthday party.  I created three different versions so I could use the pink, blue & green ice cream cones as the backdrop for each design.  This time made them slightly larger than my last two sets, I used 3 inch scalloped circles for the outside circle and 2 1/2 inch circles for the inner with white cake pop sticks. 

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The papers are all digital patterns from Erin Bradley Designs (Etsy) and were the perfect colors for this Ice Cream Party.     



I printed the outside pattern paper on white cardstock then punched with the scalloped circle. The inside circle with the three lines around the border was designed with the Silhouette software and I printed a dozen on each sheet.   Then I punched them out with my circle punch. 

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Here are the coordinating water bottle labels.   The top & bottom label have the same monogram design that I made for Gwen’s first birthday party water bottle labels.   I just swapped out the background patterns from this ice cream set and changed the colors of the fonts.  The super cute frame in the second one with the ice cream cone was a free download from Clementine Digitals (Julie also made the clipart at the top of my blog). 

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Isn’t this color pink & blue some of the best out there to work with?  They are so bright & colorful.  I love these colors. 

This banner coordinates with the thank you tags seen in this post from last week.

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Next I’ll be sharing the banner & photo clips that were made for this party.  After that I’ll share the items from a Mickey Mouse party that was also this past weekend.  I really enjoyed having the chance to make so many fun things over this last week.  As we move into September my focus is going to be on Scrapbooking because I have a few albums I’d like to finish before the end of the year.  I’ve got to set some goals so that I can get layouts completed!


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I am excited to have this entire week off from work and I am hoping I’ll be able to squeeze in some craft time each day.  Good idea, right?!  I have very long “to-do” list that includes a few blog posts, getting caught up on things around the house, hiking Mt. Si, few scrapbook layouts, creating some party decor, enjoying the sun and spending time with the kids.   

Regarding the parties…This upcoming weekend two friends are having birthday parties for their little ones and I am creating some handmade paper decorations.

The the first thing I’d like to share are party favor thank you tags.  As you can see the theme is Ice Cream and the baby girl is turning one year old.   I am so excited to get to make some things for this super cute little girls party & for fun such a fun theme. 

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Do you ever use digital paper packs & embellishments? I am very new to making things with digital files. (never even done a digital scrapbook page).  My favorite part about digital is that you can usually download the files straightaway (or they arrive w/in 24 hours) and begin creating.  Not to mention they are super affordable (some shops even do by 2 get 1 free specials).

I found the digital supplies to make the ice cream tags on Etsy (Erin Bradley Designs), the ice cream cones are so adorable that I was instantly inspired to make a ton of things.  

Ice Cream Cones Clip art: 


Coordinating Digital Paper: 


I printed background colors in blue, green and pink (polka dots and stripes) on white cardstock and then punched out a scalloped circle with my 3 inch round Paper Shaper.  This was the easy part. 

Next I designed the inner circle of the tag starting with a 2.45 inch circle.  I wanted to use my 2.50 circle punch to punch the tag out.  I offset the size of the circle so that there’d be a white border after punching. 

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I used pink and green circles that were from the owl set of clip art (Digital Bake Shop) from Gwen’s party.  Then put a dashed blue circle with the words wrapping around the top half of the tag.

Getting the writing to follow the circle and for the letters to be at the right angle to read was the hardest part!  It took me a while but I am so glad to learn how to do this trick. 

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The second hardest part was figuring out which command to use in order to erase the bottom of the cone so it wasn’t showing behind the green and pink circles.  I felt very accomplished after learning how to erase the bottom of the cone!   I printed all of them on one 12×12 sheet of cardstock and then used my circle punch to cut them out. 

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I added some colorful ribbon (via the leftover stash) and left them untied so that we can add them to the party favors before the party.    If you have any digital tips or ideas to share I’d love to hear them. 

I’m going to continue with this cute circle theme for the rest of the items.  The circle goes well with the shape of the ice cream scoop.  Now I better get busy and create the rest of the paper items!!

baby girl First Birthday Party

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I’d like to share some photos to show of how my daughter’s First Birthday Party came together on the big day.   Most of the decorations were handmade by me and if not I indicate where I found them or the special person who made them.   I link below back to the original post where I share the details for the various crafts.

The invite was my inspiration for the banner and for the colors that were used at the party.     

Birthday Party Invite from Tiny Prints

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Handmade fabric bunting banner-my first time making one on the sewing machine.    Fly Away fabric by Robert Kaufman.

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Tissue paper pom-poms -Martha Stewart (pack of 5).  The tissue paper comes in a flat stack with the edges already scalloped.  You have to add a wire to tie it and then shape the tissue paper.  I was expecting them to pop out of the package like an accordion so it was a little more work than I anticipated.  The first one didn’t turn out well but then I figured it out and was able to get the other 4 to be full in shape. 

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The package comes with two colors (light and dark purple).  The sizes vary too.  Don’t give up if your first one doesn’t turn out as expected.  Your second one will be much better.

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The pom-poms added a nice splash of purple and brought more texture to the room.   Gwen likes looking & pointing up at them. 

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Beautiful handmade cookies – ordered from TSCookies on Etsy.  I recommend this shop, the cookies came quickly, on time and I didn’t have to order them months in advance like so many of the cookie shops.   She bakes over the weekends and then sends out the cookies on Monday morning.   They have so many different kinds of cookies for every theme.  They were a great addition to the owls at the party.  Each guest got to take one (or more) home to enjoy.  I love that they are individually wrapped with a colorful shiny ribbon to compliment the cookie color. 

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Cute owl plate to serve the first cupcake to the birthday girl – a shower gift that was purchased from Etsy.  It was fun to use this for the first time.

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The cookies were in four bright colors (purple, pink, green and teal) to match the other items.  I used my cupcake stand to display them so that they’d be more prominent than in a bowl. 

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Personalized Water bottle labels– handmade with digital papers from Etsy (The Digital Bake Shop).  It was my first time making labels with digital papers (from scratch).  I also did the photo clips (below) with the same papers.  However, the water bottle labels were much easier to create because the labels don’t have to be a fixed size.

My favorite one is the pink polka dot one with the monogram “G” in the background and “Gwenyth” across the top.   

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Handmade Owl gift bags for kids-Used Amy Tangerine Sketchbook patterned papers.  I love how the owl made by paper piecing stands out on the brown bag.  

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Fabric owls –ordered from Etsy made by MariaPalito.  These little cuties were inside the gift bags for the kids.  Got them in four colors (blue, pink, purple and brown).

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First year mini album-made with supplies from Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection.  Includes a photo taken each month during the first year in the same chair with two stuffed owls.    It was easy to pull this together the week before the party because it’s simple and just has one hero 5×5 photo with three small 2×2. 

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Photo clip garland-made in Photoshop with digital papers from The Digital Bake Shop on Etsy.  I used the same digital files on these as I did the water bottle labels above.    These were more challenging to make because they the inside circle has 6 layers. 

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Owl Birthday Cake– Used design found in Parenting Magazine.   Baked by my husband.   Frosted/Decorated by my girlfriend (seen in photo below). 

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Lovely Owl Cupcakes– also designed & made by my sweet girlfriend.  The cupcakes are from a box mix and were baked by my husband.  They are chocolate with a home made vanilla crème in the middle.  He loves making sweet desserts and had fun figuring out the filling.    My favorite part is the beautiful frosting in blue & purple! 

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I displayed all the fun owl décor items on the table with a ivory tablecloth so that they could all be shared together.  Then the food and drinks were on the opposite kitchen countertops. 

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Here’s the birthday girl taking some of her first steps.  She took her first 2 steps ON her actual birthday.  We are having fun watching her start to figure out how to walk.    This dress was perfect for the big day. 

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Enjoying her new birthday gift…..a ride on musical toy.  Of course she doesn’t stay in any one place for more than a second so I am ready to catch her when she falls off.

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The baker and chef-

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Two of my super crafty friends.  The one on the right made the beautiful cupcakes & cake! 

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We had the party on a Saturday afternoon which was the perfect time and the naps worked out well so our little girl was rested.  I took the day off on Friday from work so that I could finish the album up and get everything else ready.

Also, Thank you to everyone who helped me get everything ready! We couldn’t have had such a great party without the help from our friends/family. 

owl cupcakes & owl birthday cake

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As you can see from the past few posts, we had an owl theme for my daughters first birthday party.   One of my sweetest girlfriends offered to make some owl cupcakes for the big day.  Gwen & I are so very lucky.  (this is going to be her first cupcake)

Nicole found this cute owl cupcake idea on Pinterest and adapted it for Gwen’s birthday party colors.    Didn’t she do an AMAZING job!?  

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I know that for some these types of cupcakes are easy to make.  Let me point out that Nicole’s not a professional baker and only does this once or twice a year.   Among many other talents, She’s really great coming up with creative themes for cupcakes & parties.  (Yes, she’s the same gal who made the festive choo-choo train cupcakes & painted Gwen a birdie print with the Basic Grey paper).   I am not good at baking or decorating cakes so I really appreciate the work that goes into this detailed craft. 

My husband baked 24 chocolate cupcakes and put a crème filling on the inside to keep them sweet & moist.     Then Nicole did all the beautiful owl design on the top.    Unfortunately I was setting up for the party and didn’t get any photos of her creating the cupcakes (I am SO bummed about this).  Here’s one photo (taken on my phone) after the crème was put inside  the cupcakes. 


She used teal blue & dark purple frosting for the top (took almost the entire tube of purple coloring to get it dark enough).  These were the perfect colors and looked so beautiful.    The eyes are M&M’s, the noose is an orange jelly bean and the feathers are white frosting.  

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We ALSO had an owl cake to sit next to the little owl cupcakes.  I found this cute idea in Parenting Magazine a while back and then found the directions on their website.  Chris baked the cakes and Nicole did the beautiful designing for this cake too.    She was nervous to make this cake because of the chance it could tip over.  But I told her I’d worry about making it secure and all she had to do was the hard job of frosting it.   If it were to fall over it would be my fault.  She obliged and made this cute little lady with teal blue eyes. 

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The cake is 4 separate cakes baked in round Pyrex bowls.  We didn’t have the size that was called for in the instructions so we used 1.5 quart bowels for the big one and the small one might be 120z like the recipe calls.  

Cakes while they were cooling overnight.  Chris shaved off the top to make them flat for the attachment of the two round parts. 


Chris put lots of frosting in the middle between the halves so they’d stick together.  Then he cut a wooden dowel to fit the height of the cakes.  The dowel goes right down the middle and keeps the owl together. 


Here’s the example cake from Parenting:



The owl cake was just for decoration, it looked really cute in the middle of the table at the party.  I’ll share the rest of the photos from the party so you can see everything all together later this week. 

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Our baby girl did get a cupcake to celebrate the big ONE and she didn’t disappoint. She loved every sweet bite.   Here are a few photos for proof.

Excited to have us sing “Happy Birthday” to her and enjoyed the attention. 


Once she grabbed the cupcake she didn’t let it go.  Beautiful teal blue frosting all over her face!    I was amazed with how much she ate of the cupcake. 


Sharing a bite with grandpa.


Thank you Nicole & Chris for making these lovely cupcakes & cake for the birthday party!  They were wonderful. 

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first year mini album

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Today I am excited to share a mini album that I made to document the growth each month during my daughters first year. 

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I used paper, stickers, ribbons & embellishments that are all part of the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection by American Crafts.  I love the bright colors, beautiful flowers and all the lovely black outlines used in this collection.  It was the perfect choice to use for this mini album.   

On the front cover I wanted to keep it simple so I just used three different strips of paper.  The one with the round flowers on the top half is my favorite so I found a way to share it on the front cover. 

I used a tag & the love brad to write a personalized message giving the book to Gwen.  Added a strand of green & pink bakers twine to tie it to the ring. 

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I used the lined paper for the bottom half of the cover.  I wanted a paper that was simple so that the title would stand out.  It has this lovely sketch of a black flower and to add a touch of color I added a sticker die cut below.  

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For the title I used three different sticker sets.  I love how the teal & fascia letters sparkle.  This is an 8×8 chipboard 7 Gypsies album that I got a few years back. I made three for our puppies (their first year photos too) and have loved using them since for mini books.

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There are 5 rings on this notebook.  I put different colored mini strips of ribbon on each ring, black/gray at the top, blues, hot pinks , greens & yellows at the bottom.  Getting to use so many different colors & patterns of ribbons might be my favorite thing about the collection (along with the flowers on the front cover).  I think there were 8 spools I didn’t get to use.    I’ve never seen such a huge pack of ribbons to go with one collection!  

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I used the same circle element on each page for the title.  Because they are thick from the stickers I rotated them from the right to left side of the page.

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To create the circles….I used my 3 inch scalloped circle for the pink outer circle.  For the inner, in word I made circles with the teal dashed line circle & added the typed words.  I punched each circle out with a 2.25 circle (keeping the dashed line inside my punch).   The teal shiny thicker number shines nicely on the white cardstock.

Pages inside mini album: 

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The owl design started last year when I was creating the baby room and found these cute owls.  I got them so that we could use them to sit with Gwen for her monthly photos.  (we used an elephant for Gavin’s monthly photos the first year)

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Since there were extra pages I decided to start the book when Gwen was in my belly (right at the end). The shower theme was owls too. This cute invite is from Twig & Thistle. There’s a momma & dada owl, a boy owl on the branch. Then the baby is little egg in the nest. She added the egg in the nest since we already had one child.

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These photos of big brother were taken when we were decorating the baby room.  He was nursing (using an airline neck pillow for support)  his baby monkey & baby doll and they were too cute not to share in the book and have a page showing the proud big brother.

On the “newborn” page I used her birth announcement on the left side (from Tiny Prints).  I love her birth announcement and was thrilled to get to put one in this book, on the backside there’s a photo of our family that I was able to add to the end of the mini book.  On the right side, I used a photo taken on day 1 at the hospital. 

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Then once she was one month old, I took photos every month from there on out of her in the same chair with the same cute owls.  I always look forward to the days where we’d take these photos. 

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On the pages in the album you’ll see I used the same design over and over. The left side of the page has three vertical strips and on the right side there’s one 3×7 piece.

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I wanted to have the photos be the highlight of the pages.  I tried to keep the design simple and let the beautiful patterns create a nice layout with the photos.

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The purple First Birthday Party invitation (from Tiny Prints)  seen below was my inspiration for the rounded corners you’ve seen throughout the book. I printed the hero photo each month in the same size- 5×5 and then rounded the corners. On the left page the little photos are 2×2 squares, rounded the corners of these too.

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For the last page I used the owl thank you card that was on the gift bags at the first birthday party.  It was a good way to have a copy of the owl that was part of the theme from that special day for Gwen to when she’s older.   


Hope you enjoyed seeing this mini book.  I had so much fun taking the photos each month and then being able to pull them all together in one place like this. 

For Gavin’s first year photos with the elephant, I did a scrapbook layout where they are all on one page in 2×2 squares.  I think I am going to go back and make his into a book too though because it will be a nice keepsake and fun to see how a boy version will turn out. 

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Supplies:  Font-Pea Sarahloo, Corner Rounder-We R Memory Keepers Crop a Dile, 8×8 5 ring mini book album- 7 Gypsies, White circle tags-made in word with 2.15 inch circle, punched with EK Success Circle Paper Shapers Punch 2.25, Patterned Paper, ribbon, sticker letters, brad-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection by American Crafts, Pink paper that’s the 3 inch scalloped circles (all except two of them)-Sultry by BasicGrey

Owl Party Gift Bags

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I’d like to share some fun owl party gift bags I made for my daughters birthday party.

I created this owl with various punches and then attached the card to the front of the gift bags to personalize the bags with the party theme.    I also added a tag to the handle of each bag with the child’s name and a circle scallop from pattern paper to add splash more of color/pattern.

The paper seen here is all from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection by American Crafts.  I love the bright colorful patterns and the bright pinks are great for a girl’s birthday party.

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This idea comes from the February issue of Scrapbooks etc. where Valerie Salmon created a cute owl Valentine’s Day card.  Originally I thought I’d use this design for the invitations but I didn’t want to make the invites so using this card for the gift bags was perfect.

I am not sure how big the original card is in the magazine but I was able to go with 5×7 for the outer size of the pattern piece.    The brown paper bag background was perfect for the colors/patterns in the owls and went especially well with the card having the owl placed on “paper bag” colored cardstock.

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I found a write up on Geeky Diva Design’s blog where she did this paper piecing pattern with her kids.   What a great idea to do it with your children as they sure love using punches & glue.  She even created a helpful template showing which shapes & punches to use for each part of the owl.

I do have a good supply of punches but I don’t have all the shapes so I had to improvise a bit.

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  • I used 2 inch scalloped circles for the feathers and also the feet (didn’t even think about using my heart punch).
  • Then I used three different punches for the eyes. I did the outside in pink with a 1 1/4 punch, then punched that circle again with the 1 to have a thin outer ring. The white is on the 1 inch and the small black inside is 5/8.
  • Cut a small triangle for the noose
  • The body is 4 inches tall by about 3 inches wide.  I don’t have an oval punch and a circle punch didn’t work to cut the top off so I used a aerosol bottle of spray starch to trace out a half circle to cut off the top of the owl.
  • For the feet I also used my two inch circle scallop punch and cut out two of the scallops for each foot.

I selected 5 different background patterns from the lovely paper choices and made 10 cards (leaving me with two extra owls-one for Gwen’s memory book and one for my card stash).

I made one owl as a template so that I could figure out the best colors to use with the background paper.    The owls are made almost completely with pieces from my scrap bag (except for the wings that are from two sheets of hot pink BasicGrey paper that has a great textured look to it).

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Here are the finished bags in each design.  Which is your favorite?

pink flowers-

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rainbow hearts-

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flourish (this is my favorite pattern)-

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trees & leaves-

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Thank you Michelle for helping me with the final touches on tags & bags Friday night so that they were ready for Saturday!

One last thing…what was inside the bags?  Some of the regular party favors (pencils, note pads, stationary, erasers, etc.) and then these adorable felt hand sewn owls.  I found these on Etsy made by MariaPalito.   Maria whipped them up quickly and they arrived in some cute packaging.  They even have a little rattle inside each owl.   Size wise the owl fits in the palm of your hand.


Supplies:  punches- EK Success, corner rounder crop a dile – We R Memory Keepers, Pattern papers – Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection, Pink paper(only on owl feathers)-BasicGrey Sultry, Various Solid Cardstock-Bazzil, Paper bag gift bags-Michael’s Craft Store, string-brown hemp twine

DIY fabric flag bunting banner

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I’d like to share the fabric flag bunting that I made for my daughters first birthday party.  This is one of the biggest projects I’ve done to-date on my sewing machine (I’ve only sewed a few times on fabric).   I share that bit about my limited sewing experience so that others will know they can try this even if you haven’t done this type of things before. 

I used a beautiful set of fabrics (called Fly Away Sunset by Robert Kaufman) that has birds, flowers, butterflies & bright colorful shapes.  I used two tutorials to help guide me through the process.  One from Petite Lemon and then this great one from My Longest Year

The Longest Year tutorial was great because the design was for fat quarters of fabric.  I cut the flags to 6×9 (using a cardstock template to hold over the fabric when cutting) and got the most triangles out of my fabric.    

This is the design I used in order to get 5 flags from each quarter of fabric. 


I used pinking shears to cut along the edges of the triangle flags.   When complete, I ran an iron over the pairs of fabric to smooth them out.  Then I took a moment to admire how nice the patterns look together.

fabric bunting (1)    Next I sewed the flags together.  The advice in the tutorial was very helpful for a first timer:  keep it simple, be haphazard, cut recklessly.”    I kept remembering these phrases when I was worried about fabric not lining up or uneven triangles.  That was the best advice for me to hear and kept me moving along to finish the project.

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I used a zig-zag stich that looks great with the scalloped edges left by the pinking shears. 

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I then sewed the triangles inside double fold white bias tape, only leaving about an inch in between each flag.  With the final seam across the top it looks so finished & pretty. 

I ended up with four 9 feet sections of banner and 60 flags.   

If it’s your first time here’s my advice…stick with it and don’t worry about it being perfect (use the tutorials above).  You’ll get faster each time you make one (great advice from my mother-in-law).  I was really slow with the first 9 foot section and then when I came back to do the last three sections I whizzed through them so much quicker.   That was where I realized she’s right, once you figure out what you are doing it’s more fun and easier. 

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Our kitchen has a triangle shape where two walls meet to make a great corner to hang the banners across our dining table. One of the best things about having the party at your home is that you can decorate early.   I was able to get this hung early and then it was up for our daughters mid-week actual birthday (with the party being on the following weekend).  

When you spend so much time preparing it’s fun to have decorations go up early and to leave them up after to celebrate.

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The fun thing about fabric is you can use this decoration over & over.  It would be great to adorn a table with one of these hanging on the table cloth.  

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I’d definitely like to make one of these again!!   We are done with parties for a while in our little family so I am going to get back to getting caught up on our scrapbook albums.  

In my next posts I’ll share more of the décor, handmade items & photos from the fun birthday party celebration we had this weekend!