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tutorial: alphabet flashcard bunting

One of the things i found sad about the timing of our decision to move back to Australia – was that I had JUST started decorating our house the way I like it.

I had spent a lot of time moving my work area to the basement so that I could convert the sunroom into a playroom for the kids – and was getting really close to finishing that room and beginning to feel really good about how it all looked. So it was more than a little heartbreaking to take it all down so soon!

Anyway, one of the things I had been really wanting to do for ages was to hang a cute bunting on the wall. I’d seen heaps of adorable fabric ones, but none really clicked. I wanted to put up some alphabet posters – and then suddenly the two ideas combined into one! An alphabet bunting!! At first i was planning to make it completely sewn – and then i got real, and realised i would never finish that project. Thats when i got the idea of using flashcards!

I had been waiting to post about this little project till i was “done” but since it’s going to be a while till we have a new playroom set up, i don’t want to wait!

I really love how it turned out – even though we only got to enjoy it for a few weeks, and even though i never finished hanging up all the kiddos cute pictures. I really can’t wait to pull all those things out of boxes!

Want to make one too??

I think you will love this project – not only is it a quick satisfy project, but it’s cheap! If you have the supplies lying around, you could probably do this for nothing!

All you need is flash cards & some double fold bias tape!

We have literally tonnes of flash cards lying around (these are my ultimate favourite), but i decided to use a free printable flashcard set so that if i messed up i could just do it again and not feel too wasteful.

I used this set of free printable flash cards. I had some card stock at home and a pretty good printer so i just printed them myself – but if you decided to get them printed at a printers, it would be under $5

Other ideas:

Sooooo maybe you don’t have the right supplies, or you’re feeling lazy and the idea of sewing is putting you off – or you just don’t sew. Don’t worry!  You can do something very similar in lots of ways:

  • Instead of using bias tape, use ribbon! You can fold it in half width ways like the bias tape would, or just leave it flat.
  • Instead of bias tape use string – fold over the top edge of the card to enclose the string and either glue or staple shut
  • Instead of sewing the tape to the cards you may like to use glue or even staples – especially if you don’t think this is going to be a long term decoration
  • Cut squares of fabric the same size and write the letters on with marker pen or fabric pen.
  • Cut pieces of paper the size you want, and write the letters on – you could even get your kiddo to colour/ decorate the pieces to make it more personal
And since i’m feeling a bit nostalgic, here are a few photos of my kiddos enjoying their play room before me moved.  Yeah, i think that little room was my favourite :)
and by a few photos, i guess i meant a LOT hehehehe i adore those kiddos
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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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11 years ago

what a cute idea! and what cute little kiddies you have :-)

11 years ago

So, so cute! Great idea!!

11 years ago

What a timely posting! I homeschool and years ago I wrote out the flashcards and stapled them to my kitchen walls above the windows (yeah, tacky, I know but I got tired of holding them up when teaching or searching for the correct letter). I have been wanting to take them down and reconfigure it somehow. Love this idea!

11 years ago

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