Jasmine’s Full Moon Celebrations: Baby bunting DIY

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Jul 11 2013
Making sure the arrangement of fabric and letters are pleasing.
The Full Moon celebration inviteI created for baby Jasmine

The Full Moon celebration invite I created for baby Jasmine

Our little girl has turned 1 month old. Last Saturday we celebrated her Full Moon. :) To explain to our guests (and you) what a Baby’s Full Moon is, this is what I wrote in the invite I designed for her with Paperless Post:

Why we held a Full Moon celebration for baby Jasmine

Why we held a Full Moon celebration for baby Jasmine

We planned and prepared for it ourselves. We asked the in laws to bring along some pavs and husband’s cousin brought some red velvet cupcakes which were super yum. I had planned to make ang ku kuehs myself along with a chicken curry and nasi kunyit (tumeric rice recipe)…. but didn’t count of having no time courtesy of newborn and bored-out-of-her-brains-during-school-holidays-7-year-old big sister! So only managed the curry and rice. We got the ang ku kuehs (a Malaysian red steamed bun with green bean mash) catered in.

I’d planned to garland string the entire place with red lit lanterns and a handmade bunting with her full name. However, courtesy of Jasmine, time, sleep and budget, I thought if I could at least make the bunting, I’d be happy.

I wanted to use things I’d already had instead of purchasing new supplies. I’d already planned on using some old swatchbooks I had bought from a garage sale years old:

Finally get a chance to use the upholstery swatchbooks I scored from a garage sale years ago!

Finally get a chance to use the upholstery swatchbooks I scored from a garage sale years ago!

These large upholstery swatchbooks were awesome. Their sheer size meant that I could aim for rather large bunting flags. I’m really pleased I used the upholstery-weight fabric swatches instead of the many fabrics I had. The natural upholstery-weight meant I didn’t need to stitch backing fabric to the flags.

Swatches of upholstery mean that sometimes, you get the labeling at the back

Swatches of upholstery mean that sometimes, you get the labeling at the back

I learnt that you do need stiff fabric for bunting when I made Hannah’s Toy-Story themed bunting for her 7th birthday party:

Bunting I made from cotton fabric for Hannah's Jesse Cowgirl birthday party.

Bunting I made from cotton fabric for Hannah’s Jesse Cowgirl birthday party.

Then I cut out fabric triangles using the stiff card as template with my pinking shears. (Note to self: if you undertake this again, make sure you stock up on fabric chalk!)

Sizing out the bunting flag template and then cutting out onto upholstery swatches.

Sizing out the bunting flag template and then cutting out onto upholstery swatches.

So I fiddled around with letters I printed out in different sizes. I found cutting out the letters the most cumbersome task! You wanna arrange out the different fabrics to make sure you’re happy with the arrangement. Then, I used my spray-on 3M adhesive to stick the letters onto the card. Make sure you line the entire working/spraying surface with plastic drop cloths or newspaper cos the spray gets everywhere.

Making sure the arrangement of fabric and letters are pleasing.

Making sure the arrangement of fabric and letters are pleasing.

I then used ribbon to join the letters together with a zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine. If I were doing this for profit, I’d have used better ribbon. Maybe grosgrain ribbon. And my stitching would have been more pedantic.

Sewing the bunting flags onto dusky pink ribbon I'd chosen.

Sewing the bunting flags onto dusky pink ribbon I’d chosen.

And hung them up using 3M hooks:

The Bunting I made for Jasmine's full moon celebration all hung up!

The Bunting I made for Jasmine’s full moon celebration all hung up!

Although decor was basic, it was appreciated by all! I am so pleased with the result!

I think if I had more time and headspace, I’d have glittered all the letters in black to make them stand out more (and hung these cute red lanterns).

My little darling Jasmine Anita:

Introducing Jasmine Anita

Introducing Jasmine Anita

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