Tuesday 24 April 2012

Hang out the flags - Bunting Tutorial

With a summer of celebrations ahead, we though it would be a nice time to do a Bunting 'Make it' project.
This project is for a 7 flag bunting with machine appliqued stars

So here we go, this project will take aprox a couple of hours to make. Hopefully the instructions are nice and clear, but please do get in touch if you would like any clarification.

For this project you will need:
3 x 'small' size pieces of fabric
1.5 metres of bias binding
7 buttons
3 x 5 1/2" squares of felt

Firstly, you will need to print this pattern. To do so, highlight the picture above, then 'Right' click on your mouse, then select 'open in a new window' and then print using the keys 'CTRL' and 'P' 

Fold each of your fabrics in half, right sides facing inwards and using the bunting pattern piece (We made our pattern out of card and then drew around it it pencil), cut as follows:

 Fabric 1 (red polka dot) cut out 3 flags (effectively 6 triangles)
Fabric 2 (navy polka dot) cut out 2 flags (4 triangles)
 Fabric 3 (blue and white stripe) cut out 2 flags (4 triangles)

And using the star pattern piece cut:

Felt 1 (navy) cut out 3 stars
 Felt 2 (red) cut out 2 stars
Felt 3 (pale blue) cut out 2 stars

Pin the stars to a triangle (you can see from the pictures the combinations that we went for)

 Using you sewing machine or if you prefer by hand, applique the star to the flag

 Repeat for all 7 flags

Sew buttons to the centres

Match up your fronts to back and place together, right sides facing.  Pin and sew with 1/4" seam allowances

Trim the point as shown

Turn through, press and trim across the top raw edge of the flag, so that you have a nice and neat straight edge

Measure and mark 20cm from the end of your bias binding, this is the start position of your first flag.  Sew the flags in place as shown in the picture above.  The bunting is made with No Gaps in between the flags.

 Finally, trim the end of your bias binding so that each tie, is the same measurement and your flags are nicely centred.  Fold over your ends and hand sew in place to create a loop for hanging

Ta Da.....
That's it you're done, so stand back, admire and enjoy!

To accompany this project, we have put together a 'Make it' Appliqued Bunting project pack

which is available 

Alternatively you can pick your own selection of pretty fabrics and trims from those available in the

Remember to hang on to all your left over fabrics to use in future makes.

Finally, we hope that you enjoyed our project. We would love to see what you sew and create, so please do send us your pictures and we'll add them to our equally new and glossy customer gallery on our Facebook page.
Happy sewing

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