Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Oilcloth Alfresco Series, NO-SEW Chalk Cloth Bunting!

Todays project is a NO-SEW Chalk Cloth Bunting!   Even those of us that have been sewing for (WAY to many) decades love a good no-sew project.  With just a few tools and a little chalk and oilcloth you can make a cool banner that you will use at all of your parties and celebrations for years to come!   I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did!  

The number of banner pieces you will need depends on your desired greeting, think Birthdays, Graduations, and Barbecues!  

stuff you gotta have:  
  • 1/2 yard of Chalk Cloth yields 15 banner pieces.  
  • 3 Fat Quarters of Oilcloth, each F. Q. yields 6 pieces. 
  • Rotary Cutter, ticked out with fancy blade!
  • Cool Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • 2 spools of 1/4" ribbon 
  • cloths pins (optional)
  • chalk and a white colored pencil 

step one.  Cut chalk cloth 6" by 8" and oilcloth slightly larger at 6 1/4" by 8".   By doing so you get a peak of the back side of the oilcloth--it hints that there is something fun to be seen from the back too.  

step 2.  Once you have all your pieces cut out clip them together.

step 3.  Use white colored pencil to mark your cutting line.  Careful not to clip to close to the edge.  

step 4.  Fold both layers of fabric and clip.

step 5.  You're now ready to string the ribbon through the slits.  I like wrapping the end of the ribbon with a piece of tape to make this easier to work with, think flat shoe lace tips.   Alternate the look by sliding the ribbon in from the top and then on the next piece come up from the bottom.  

step 6.  Now you are ready to chalk it up!  

It should say Happy Summer!  

Everyone wants a pretty backside!  


Anonymous said...

OMG I love it. I have tons of chalk fabric and have no more ideas left but this one is great. You could also make extras add letter to personalize with a name and change it for each person!

PalinStudios said...


I love oilcloth. Do you know where in NYC I can buy it?

Thanks said...

Oh I love this idea! Yay for reusable! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Hope said...

I love your projects and I intend to make one of these banners for sure. I just posted a chalkcloth project on my blog if you want to check it out... ...Hope

Mary said...

LOVE your project and it has inspired me to try something new....I was thinking of making a memory/matching card game for children's gifts. I'd like to use chalkcloth on one side (for versatility) and a pretty oilcloth on the other. Can I glue the wrong side of chalkcloth to the wrong side of oilcloth? What kind of glue? Also, I bought one of the squiggly rotary cutters.... I saw that you had a ruler with a squiggly edge?!? How do I use that rotary cutter to cut my lines? Sorry if they questions are annoyingly basic; I'm a new sewer and new to oilcloth!