Finished size : 2 buntings, each 94″ long with 9 flags
Buntings are all the rage; you can’t have a party without one. Make this pretty bunting trimmed in rickrack using vintage sheets, like mine, or use the quilting cotton of your choosing. Hunt for vintage sheets at your favorite thrift shop or buy them on etsy.com.
Materials and Supplies
- 3 coordinating fat quarters (18″ × 21″) vintage sheet material (approximately 3 pillowcases) for flags
- 3 fat quarters or 1 yard quilting cotton for back side of flags
- 1¾ yards of lightweight fusible interfacing, 20″ wide
- 2 packages premade ½″-wide double-fold bias tape (or at least 5½ yards)
- 3 packages baby rickrack, ¼″ wide (or at least 10½ yards)
Copy or trace the flag pattern onto card stock and cut it out. Fold your pattern in half lengthwise to make sure it is symmetrical. Start over if not.
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the 3 fat quarters of sheeting to give it a firmer hand. I recommend using a pressing cloth.
1). Trace the flag pattern as shown 6 times onto the right side of the interfaced fat quarter of sheeting. Repeat with the remaining 2 fat quarters. Do not cut the pieces out yet.
2). Use a clear, wide ruler (such as a rotary-cutting ruler) and a disappearing-ink pen to draw 3 lines on the flag pieces. The first line starts 2″ in from the point of each bunting piece; draw the second and third lines each ½″ further away from the point. Because you haven’t cut the flags out yet, you can draw a line across 3 pieces at a time. Repeat this step to mark the remaining 2 fat quarters
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trimming it up
- Use the Super H presser foot (see presser feet, in Tools) on your sewing machine, and set your stitch length a bit shorter than normal, so your stitches won’t pull out at the edges. With the presser foot in the up position, place a sheeting fat quarter, right side up, so that the stitching line closest to the point is centered under the foot. Place the baby rickrack on top of the first flag on the stitching line. Following the line, slowly and carefully sew through the center of the rickrack all the way across the fat quarter, stitching over all 3 flags in the row at once.
- When you get to the end of the line, line up a second fat quarter under the rickrack and chain stitch (in Tips and Tricks). Repeat with the third fat quarter and trim the rickrack at the end of the fat quarter.
- Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until you have all 3 rickrack lines stitched on all 18 flag fronts (6 rows of rickrack on each fat quarter).
cutting it out
- Lay out each of the fat quarters, right side up, on top of the quilting cotton, wrong side up; pin them together and cut the flags out through both layers of fabric, using scissors or a rotary cutter and mat. As you cut the flags apart, you will also cut the rickrack. Note: It may be easier to cut the quilting cotton into fat quarters before pinning.
- Cut 2 pieces of purchased double-fold bias tape each 95″ long.
sewing it up
- Separate the flag fronts (sheeting) and flag backs (quilting cotton) into 2 separate piles. Press each trimmed flag front from the wrong side.
- Pin each flag front to a flag back, right sides together; then sew them together along the sides and bottom only, using a ¼″ seam allowance. Leave the top open for turning.
- Clip the corners and points; then turn each flag right side out. Use a point turner or a chopstick to make sure that the corners and points are nice and neat. Press each flag flat, working from the back or with a pressing cloth.
- Baste the top of each flag closed.
- Open up an end of the 95″-long piece of bias tape. Fold ½″ of this end in toward the wrong side, refold, and pin closed. Repeat on the other end.
- Place a pin 18″ from each end of the bias tape. (This pin indicates where the bunting pieces start and end, thus creating 2 ties of 18″ for the finished bunting.) Insert 9 completed flags inside the fold of the bias tape, between the pins, spacing them an equal distance apart. Pin in place.
- With the Super H foot, edgestitch the bias tape closed from end to end, using a ⅛″ seam allowance, securing the flags in place.
- Repeat Steps 5–7 to assemble the second bunting.
Now it’s party time!
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