The traditional bunting triangle is the symbol of celebrations to all of us. Bunting is synonymous with parties and good times. It is fun, easy and creates a festive atmosphere What better way to celebrate my insurance career than with Bon Voyage bunting? I happened to have some red, white and blue nautical-themed fabric in my stash that seemed perfect for this project.
What you will need:
Fabric (how much fabric will depend on how many flags you plan to make) A good rule is to divide the size of the square into the width of fabric (WOF). I cut my squares 10.5 inches. I used 1/3 yard of material of each color and I got 4 squares of each color.
Double fold bias binding extra wide. (I used one package of bias tape which was enough for the 9 flags.)
Thread, sewing machine, scissors/rotary cutter, and pins
What to do:
Step One Cut one 10.5 inch strip from selvage to selvage (WOF) from each of the three colors. The subcut the strip into 10.5 inch squares.
Step Two Fold each square in half diagonally with the right sides together (RST). If you are using a directional print make sure to check the orientation of the seam to be sure that the print is going to right way. (I had to seam rip one square because I had the lighthouse standing on its head.)
Stitch up one side. Make sure you back stitch at the point at the bottom. I like to chain stitch all the triangles at this time. Cut the triangles apart and clip off the corner.
Step Three Turn the triangles right sides out and line up the seam in the center of the back. I use a paper template for this. I cut a 7-inch square and marked a line diagonally across the square. I insert the paper diagonally into the opening at the back and line up the seam and the top corner of the flap with the diagonal line. Press. Tuck the flap into the the pocket.
Step Five Slip each triangle into the the open fold of the bias tape encasing the bias tape. Pin in place and use a zigzag stitch to attach.
Easy peasy! Your bunting is ready to hang. Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving-all wonderful reason to make your own festive bunting. Forget that cheesy, plastic, store-bought bunting. Now you can make your own bunting for every season and every reason. How about shades of green for St. Patrick’s Day? Silver and blue for a frozen part? Pastels for a baby shower? Bright primary colors for a circus-themed birthday party?
Now if you are like me you’ll have a few squares left over. Don’t worry! Hang on to them. You’ll be able to find a multitude of uses for them. Here are just a couple.