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Holiday BoHo Bunting
from Thrift Shop Clothing

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Our red-white-and-blue bunting goes on display on Memorial
Day and stays out all summer, rain or shine.
It started out as a calico skirt, a shirt, and a dress
with ruffles found in a local thrift shop.
Every year we bring it out of storage, spritz it with
water and let it freshen up in the breeze.

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Here it was before we stamped it with white paint stars.
It came together very quickly in one evening.
You can make a similar decoration by arranging the
pieces of thrift shop clothing on the floor, then use fabric glue
or hand-stitching to hold everything in place.

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The red fabric was a large square dancing skirt, size 3X.

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The "white" was a light blue petite dress with bountiful ruffles.
The deep blue cotton was a large calico shirt.

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If you can’t find red, white, and navy clothing, remember
that in true BoHo fashion, you can be creative and use
baby blue for white (as we did), lavender to replicate
washed-out navy, or dark pink or rose to replicate faded red.
In fact, you can use any fabric approximating these colors.

DecorSteals Vintage Bunting

Above is an example of bunting from DecorSteals (.com)
Notice how the red is actually a dark shade of rose;
the white is light yellow; and the blue leans toward
a dark green-blue. But to the eye, this bunting
reads as "red-white-and-blue" … with vintage flair.
Give yourself lots of artistic license when assembling
your BoHo bunting … remember, patterned fabric will add charm!

Aleene's Fabric Glue craft Stephie McCarthy

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If you are using fabric glue, work on a large flat surface
like the floor or large table and pin fabric pieces
in place until dry and bonded.

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Here are the steps …

We'll start with a large skirt for the main piece of the bunting.

1. Cut open one of the seams from top to bottom,
2. Make deep hems for the pole, checking carefully that
your pole will fit through these hems.
3. Leave 3" at the tops of the hems to gather into a rosette.
The diagram below will guide you.

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4. Insert a pole into the two hem channels, and gather the excess
fabric in the center into a loose rose shape.

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5. Hold the rose shape together with a ribbon or rubber band.

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6. Using a shirt for the 2nd tier, cut it from underarm to underarm
and use the bottom section. Leave any buttons for handmade detailing.

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7. The top of the shirt will be gathered under the rosette. Pin before gluing or
stitching. The button and button hole sides will be attached to the
top edge of the bunting. 8. Tack down the red rosette along the bottom
edge so that it lies more flat.

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Just one more step!

You'll need enough white (or light colored) ruffles for
the edge of the blue shirt, plus a 14" section
to bunch into a small rosette.

Sew or glue the white ruffles to the bottom of the blue shirt.

For the small white rosette, bunch together 14" of
white ruffles, hold with a small rubber band, sew or
glue inside the red rosette as show below.

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And here it is … with white stamped stars!

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Any water-based white paint will do for the stars. We stamped two
rows with food-tray foam rough-cut about 2" across
in the shape of a star. It's a rustic shape
for a rustic, chippy paint look.

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Here it is, a bit faded from last year, but still sweet Americana.

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Blessings on your home from us!

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