If I Can Sew a Flag Bunting, So Can You.

I've been seeing these adorable flag buntings everywhere these days, and I even have this birthday banner from the loveseptember Etsy shop. (It's seriously cute and so well-made that I've used it at all of our family birthday parties since I bought it.) This coming weekend we're hosting a little soirée to celebrate the upcoming birth our dear friends' second baby, and this seems like an occasion that deserves its own hand-made banner. So, I dusted off my sewing machine that's been used only a handful of times to see if I couldn't just whip up one of these buntings on my own. I'm also trying to see how much I can actually accomplish during one of my little man's naps, and this project took me a full two-hour naptime to complete.

After picking up some half yards of fabric in the party's "theme" colors from the clearance bin at a nearby fabric store earlier in the week, I pulled out my ironing board/craft table and fantastic Brother sewing machine and got to work.

Materials for this project:

  • fabric (less than 1/3 yard of each)
  • coordinating thread
  • pins
  • scissors (preferably high quality sewing shears)
  • pinking shears
  • bias tape (3 yards)
  • iron, ironing board
  • sewing machine

With any sewing project, it's a good idea to wash, dry and iron your fabric to avoid any unexpected shrinking after washing the item later. Since I don't really plan to wash the bunting, I skipped the washing and drying part of this step and just ironed it all out.

Then, I cut a template triangle in the size I wanted each flag to be (plus about 1/2-3/4" extra around the edges to be trimmed off). I cut two panels for each flag, plus a few extras in case of (inevitable) mistakes. They weren't all perfectly sized, but they were close enough for me.

For each flag, I used two fabric panels and pinned them "wrong side" to wrong side (back to back). I went a little overboard on the number of pins at first, you definitely don't need to use this many if you try this project too. I then did a simple straight stitch (um, the only stitch I know how to use on my machine) around the perimeter of the flag. I tried to maintain an equal amount of "edge" around the sides to maintain the triangle shape as closely as possible.

After each flag was sewed together, I used pinking shears (the zig zag edge scissors) to cut around the edges of the flag to create a cute, uniform look. See, all the flags aren't EXACTLY the same size. Typically I'd be all crazy about this and start over, but I only had one naptime to get this finished, and you better believe I was going to get it finished.

I used white bias tape (like this) as my string for the flags. I just folded it in half to create a little pocket for the tops of my flags.

To be sure the spacing was correct and I had the right flag arrangement, I laid the bias tape on the floor and loosely measured everything out (in fact, this step can be done before sewing any of the flags to be sure you make the right number of flags.) After measuring and getting spacing correct, I pinned each flag to the bias tape and did one straight stitch down the entire length of the bias tape, securing each flag in its place.

And that's it! Flag bunting complete and ready to party. For about two hours of time and five bucks (gotta love the clearance bin!), this is a pretty easy project to take on if you're feeling crafty and want to add a personal touch to your party decor.

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