Have you heard of bunting? I can almost guarantee you've seen it, whether or not you knew what it was called.
Bunting is often thought of as a kid's thing, but I've made it a couple times now for adults and it's always well-received. You can do it up so it matches your decor, or fits in a cubicle, or specific to a holiday theme. When a friend of mine was sick this summer and needed a spirit boost, I did up this bunting for her; I just kept wishing I had enough time to also make myself one!
HERE'S HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN:
YOU WILL NEED:
Fabric (any kind that doesn't fray a lot, if you're going to be doing it the lazy way like I do.)
Felt (enough to back the triangles)
Sewing machine with needles/thread (or fabric glue for the super lazy way)
Felt or another fabric for the letters
1. Cut out your triangles of felt.
I made a template out of cardstock, and traced it onto the felt.
2. Sew the felt to the fabric.
I do this so that I don't really have to worry about matching up edges or a lot of fraying.
3. Cut out the felt triangles, now attached to the fabric.
This gives you one side felt (for added weight and durability) and one side fabric (for the pretty side!)
4. Sew the whole thing into the ribbon.
Leave lots at the ends for tying up somewhere or for pinning to a wall. Space the triangles out evenly.
5. Cut and sew (or glue) your letters.
My bestie MJ actually did the lettering for this bunting. She cut out stencils by printing a cool font onto paper, then tracing and cutting. We glued the letters down because sewing around letters makes me crazy.
6. Hang and enjoy!
You'll find you have your best success if you keep the letters to 8 or less. Otherwise it can get a little large and unwieldy.
Choosing coordinating colours can be tricky but it's worth the time to look for the right stuff. For small amounts of fabric (eg for the letters) consider using those squares (sometimes called 'fat squares') meant for quilting.
Have fun with it! There's no point in making crafts that make you miserable while you make them. Especially if it's a gift: gifts should come from a place of happiness and love. So don't stress about it too much, and just enjoy the process! Throw on some tunes or a Gilmore Girls rerun, and zen out with glue and scissors.