Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fabric Bunting Tutorial

I have received a lot of requests to sew custom fabric bunting lately. I guess the thought of brightly coloured flags waving in the wind is a great way to make the best of this cold weather. It is always so interesting to see the different patterns/colours that people select when I send them the link to my fabric stash. love that it's always something unique, and sometimes combinations I would never have dreamed of putting together, but they always end up looking fab!

It's freezing again here today, my fingers are numb as I type, so I thought I'd put together a little bunting tutorial (click the link for a printable pdf with template, or read on after the jump) for those of you who are keen to make your own - just to brighten up your day!

Thanks for reading.

what you will need:
3m bias binding (25mm)
1m fabric of your choice
Scissors or rotary cutter
Bunting template (next page)
Sewing machine
Something for poking out corners (chopstick or similar)

how to do it:
1. Fold your fabric in half (right sides facing), so it is double thickness, then using the template attached, cut 12 flags.
2. Using a 1/4” seam allowance, stitch the two long sides of each flag (leaving the short side open for turning).
3. Once all the flags are stitched, snip the excess fabric off the ‘points’, then turn them right side out and gently poke the point out with your chopstick. Iron flat.
4. Lay out your bias tape, then position and pin your flags at regular intervals between the folds of the bias tape, leaving about 30cm at each end for hanging.
5. Change your machine setting to zig zag stitch, then sew along your bias, making sure to secure both sides of the bias and flags with your stitches. Remove the pins as you go.
6. Voilà! You’re done - admire your beautiful new bunting.

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