Showing posts with label bunting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bunting. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Flag Bunting Tutorial

Hey everyone!  I have a quick and easy tutorial to share with you today.  One of the things I love seeing in July are those big buntings that are often on old houses or ones with big front porches. So, I came up with a fabric version to hang in my house.  :-) 

Supplies Needed: 
  • 1/4 yards red fabric (two 2.5-inch wide x WOF strips and one 2-inch wide x WOF strip)
  • 1/2 yards white/cream fabric  (or one 2.5-inch wide x WOF strip + 1 FQ for backing)
  • fat 1/8 yard of blue star fabric
  • 9-inch paper plate
  • Fray-Check & Stitch Witchery (optional)
  • basic sewing supplies (thread, scissors, etc) 
Order a Flag Bunting Kit here - includes all the fabric & interfacing needed to make one flag.  Available while supplies last.

Finished flag measures approx 20" wide x 15" tall. 

Use a 0.25" seam unless noted.

Sew the red and cream WOF strips together as shown to make long pieced strip. 

Then, carefully pleat the pieced strip by making a fold every inch or so and press with a hot iron. 

It should look something like this when you are finished.  Try to keep your pleats straight so the strip seams match up along the whole piece. 

Next, grab your paper plate.  Use a ruler to mark the center of the plate and then draw a line 1 inch above the center. Cut along the line. 

Lay your plate face down and arrange your pleated piece around the plate.

Overlap the lip of the plate, using the bottom as a guide for curving the fabric. 

Then press the pleats really well with a hot iron.

Next, pin the curve in place.  Use a lot of pins - pinning at least on every pleat.

Then stitch around the inside of the curve with a 1/4" seam. 

Next, cut a piece of interfacing a little larger than your plate and trace the plate shape on the non-adhesive side of the interfacing. 

Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the blue star fabric.  Cut out the half moon shape using the line you traced as your guide.  (I like to Fray Check the edges, but this is my personal preference.) 

Position the blue star piece on top of the red and white curved piece, centering it.  It should overlap by about 1/2 an inch (depending on how wide the lip is on your paper plate template).  

Use some stitch witchery (fusible web) to tack the piece down. 

Add some pins as well before using your favorite machine applique method to stitch down the blue piece.  (I use a tight zig zag stitch.  See machine applique tips here.) 

It should look something like this.  :-) 

Next, lay the flag face down on a fat quarter of the solid.  Pin heavily all the way around the curve, including on all the pleats.  For now, leave the top open. 

Stitch around the curve with a 1/2 inch seam.  Carefully clip the curves. 

Fold the bunting in half and trim the top.

Then, pin the top leaving about 3-4 inches in the center open so you can turn it right sides out in the next step.  

Stitch across the top using a 1/2 inch seam.  Clip the corners (careful not to cut the stitches!). 

Turn the bunting right sides out and carefully press the edges and push out the top corners.

Top stitch all the way around the bunting. 

Now at this point, you're almost done.  I chose to add ties to the top, but you may wish to add a hanging sleeve or leave it as it is for table decor.  Below are instructions for ties. 

Take one 2" x WOF strip of the red print and cut into two pieces (approximately 21" long).  

Fold and press the strip in half lengthwise and then fold the edges to the center and press. 

Open up the strip and fold over the edge about 1/2 and inch on both ends.  Press well and pin.

Stitch the tie closed on the short ends and long folded side. 

Then stitch the ties back of your bunting, hiding the stitches in the top stitching. 

I tied mine up on the blinds the other day (sorry for the funny lighting) ... now I just need to make a few more!  :-)

I also thought about making one but adding another row of cream and red to make it a little bigger and then adding ties for a festive apron.  

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  If you have any questions, please leave a comment or send me an email.  If you make one, I hope you'll send me a link or photo to check it out! 

Happy Sewing!  :-) 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Charm Madness : Make a Bunting

It's another day and that means another great tutorial in the Charm Madness Blog Hop series!

Lindsay over at Craft Buds is sharing this really fun, fast, and super cute bunting tutorial.  I love these as a quick project for a party or just something cute for your sewing space.

Stop by her post at Craft Buds to see how quickly and easily this comes together!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Candy Corn Bunting Tutorial

Hello, hello!  I am back tonight with a fast, fun and festive tutorial for you.  :-)

You will need a white solid, an orange tonal and a yellow tonal print as well as a black tonal print for this project.  A FQ each of the white, orange, and yellow and a 1/4 yard cut (9 x WOF) of the black.  Purchase a kit bundle here.

You will start by cutting the following from each print.  (For the candy corn pieces, you'll cut parallel to the long side of the fat quarter.)

  • Yellow Print: FIVE 2.5" x 21" strips 
  • Orange Print: THREE 3.5" x 21" strips 
  • White Print: TWO 2.5" x 21" strip
  • Black Print: TWO 2.5" x WOF strips

Starting with the yellow print, mark one strip with alternating diagonal lines.  One side of each rectangle should be 7" wide and the opposite side 5" wide.  Once you've marked the strip, stack all five strips and carefully cut your rectangles. You should get three angled rectangles from each strip.

Repeat the process with the orange strips  -- the long side of the rectangles should be 5" and the short side should be 2.5".  The white strips you will be cutting triangles as shown below with the bottom of the triangle being 3" wide.  (I cut mine 3.5 but 3 will line up better!)

Next, chain piece your rectangles together - starting with the orange and yellow.  Then adding the white.

Press seams open. You need 14 pieced triangles.

Next, cut a paper rectangle 6.5" x 7.5" and fold in half.  Draw lines to create a triangle for your pennant template.

Pin two pieced triangles right sides together, matching the seams as closely as possible.  Lay the paper template on top and trace the template onto the triangle.  (Line the template up with the top of the yellow strip.)

Next, you'll stitch 1/4" seam on the INSIDE of the template lines.

Trim along the line, grading the seam a little closer to the stitching on the white portion of the triangle.

Turn the triangles right sides out and carefully push out the point at the bottom.  Press.  (Tip: I like to use a bone folder tool to push out the corners and points since it isn't sharp.)

Carefully top stitch 1/8" from the edges along each side, pivoting at the point with your need down. Trim each triangle to the same size.  Mine were 6.75" tall.

You should have 7 total candy corn flags.  Aren't they cute?!

We're almost done ... let's finish it up.  Piece the two long black strips together end-to-end as you would binding.  The fold in half lengthwise, pressing as you go.  The press the sides into the center.

Find the middle of your black binding strip and place a flag in between the layers.  Pin in place.

Add three flags on each side of the center flag ... spacing them about 3 inches apart. Keep pinning to keep everything in place.

At the end of the binding strip, fold the edge in to tuck away the raw edges.

Start at one end of the binding strip and stitch across the short side, backstitching to secure the thread. Pivot at the corner and stitch along the edge - about 1/8" in.

Keep stitching the length of the bunting. Finish the end like you started at the opposite end of the bunting.

Press your bunting when you are finished and enjoy!

I might have squealed when I hung this.  My husband might have also rolled his eyes.  ;-)

It was raining a lot here this weekend so I apologize that some of my photos are a little dark. If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment. If you make a bunting, I'd love to see it - please link it up!

Happy Sewing!  :-)