I recently had the opportunity to try out Oly*Fun fabric. It's a versatile fabric that can be used for all kinds of craft projects. Since Oly*Fun is weather proof and fade resistant, I wanted to make something that could be used outside. I live in an area that has some pretty harsh sunlight. Anything and everything that sits outside ultimately gets ruined by the sun because it fades and falls apart. Oly*Fun is a lightweight fabric but it's surprisingly strong and durable. I left this bunting up during a few heavy rains and the fabric looked as good as new after the storm. The colors didn't fade or bleed and the edges didn't fray! You can do just about anything with this fabric and it comes in a rainbow of pretty colors.
Although the crafting possibilities are endless for Oly*Fun, I decided to make some bunting. Here's what I used:
To make my bunting, I made a triangle that was about eleven inches long and eight inches across. I made a template and traced the pattern onto the fabric with a pencil. Then I cut out the triangles along the lines. Oly*Fun is easy to cut and doesn't fray so you don't have to worry about hemming. This is a great material for beginner sewing – there's no grain, no selvedge, no sizing and no fraying. I'm definitely a beginner. I can sew a straight line and that's about it. Luckily that's all you really have to do for this project!
Then I pressed the the top edge down about half an inch. When you fold the fabric, the crease stays in so you don't need to iron. (The fabric will melt if you do.) That's one of the few things you can't do with this fabric.
I placed a length of twine inside the folded edge of each triangle and sewed the top flap over. I spaced each triangle about five inches apart on the twine. It's up to you how long you want to make your bunting. I made mine a few yards long.
That's it! See, I promised it was easy.
Just hang your bunting anywhere outdoors and don't worry about the the weather!
Take a look at some more creative ways you can use Oly*Fun fabric.