(Closed) Tent bunting

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

You will want to make them more than 20′ long because they won’t drape if they are only 20 feet and the tent is 20 feet across. It would just be pulled tight. I think how many depends on how the tent is set up. Like that top picture, the strings are half the width of the tent because they attach at the sides and the top support beam. The second looks to have a center support pole that they attach to so it would depend on which direction you run them how long they need to be. My suggestion would be if possible go to where the tent size you will have is set up and take some string and measure. πŸ™‚ If that isn’t possible kind of diagram how you would want it on the tent on paper and make at least 1.5X how much you think you need. Extra is better than not enough!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you’re hanging things across the 20 feet length, you’ll need MORE than 20 feet or else it will be too short! Hanging strings always dangle in the middle (think of power lines) and the worst thing would be to get there only to find out that your hard work has no place to go πŸ™

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I made a bunch of bunting out of fabric we had left over from our wedding. I had 1 meter of each style of fabric (so 11 metres total), and I managed to make about a dozen lengths of bunting, 3 yards long each. Get the double fold bias tape, it makes your life a heck of a lot easier. Also, Fabricland doesn’t have the greatest selection in colours for the bias tape other than the basics, so if you’re headed over to Buffalo any time soon, check out Joann Fabrics, but remember to buy LOTS of the bias tape, more than you think you’ll need. I also much prefer the fabric selection at Joann’s, remember to sign up for their newsletter or FB page and get coupons before you go!

If you need tips on how to make it, just let me know. I made mine double sided because I liked the look of the print on both sides, and I didn’t like how it looked cut with pinking shears. Start this project now, it might take you some time!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@moosey: Does your tent have poles at all or is it a clearspan? I ask because in the second photo the tent has poles, so it gives a natural place to sort of “swag” to from the perimetre to the pole. So if you’re going to the centrepoint rather than straight across, I would likely to 2 lengths on each side (if you get the standard 3 yard bias tape), giving you 18′ total to play with from the perimetre to the centrepoint. I would honestly make a couple, try draping them out in your house, and then see what you think. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@moosey: Then to keep it manageable, I’d probably sew together 2 lengths of the bias tape (I haven’t seen any longer than the 3 yard ones) and use one of those per side up to the peak. 3 yards is just shy of 9 feet, so if doubled it would be 18 feet which seems long… But you’ll want to tie it too. If you did 1.5 lengths, you’d be looking at 13.5 feet, which doesn’t feel like enough for a nice swag AND to tie/attach it to the tent. I would attach it at the peak first, and then the excess could always hang down the sides and look cute! Or you could cut it to fit on the day…. That’s tough without doing a test run! Maybe you could ask your tent rental company if there was a tent set up that you could do a test at after you have one set of bunting done?

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@moosey: Well a 24 hour drive certainly is a problem, lol! Maybe call the tent company and tell them what you want to do and see if they can take a measurement of the roof slope for you and send better photos/plans of the tent? I totally agree, it would be better to have longer lengths that you cut! You could put the extras on the backs of the chairs (especially for you and DH, that would be adorable).

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@moosey: I agree, I would radiate from the peaks out to the edges, it’ll look amazing (I think that’s what’s going on in your second photo too). The plan shows a metal beam that runs across, so the space is broken into two squares, I think that will make it a heck of a lot easier on you. I would do two lengths tied/sewn together and then trim to fit on site once you get them up. You can always use the exess around the edges, on tables, chairs, etc.

I found this TEENY photo where the bunting goes side to side rather than to the peaks, and I prefer it going to the peaks like your other photo.

I found another where it runs to the peak instead, I think it looks a lot cleaner.

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