First, let me say that there is no practical use for bunting. Zero. It’s only purpose is to be festive and is commonly used at parties, weddings, etc. I first made mine for my VW bus and our campsite. I was dead set on having the cutest damn campsite and I think I accomplished my goal!
The bunting is so cheerful and fun. I incorporated some of my favorite fabrics. I didn’t want to pack them away in between camping trips so I currently have them hanging in my living room, dining room, and my daughter’s room. I’m classy like that.
Kerry recently visited and made a comment on the “little flags” (that’s what I call them) so I decided to make her a set. This is a great scrap buster project, you only need small amounts of fabric. Gather some fabric and cut the pieces 6.5″ x 4.5″.
Actually, cut them to whatever size that you like, just make sure you cut them .5″ wider and longer than you want them to allow for the seam allowance. Also, there are no rules in sewing. At least the way I sew. If you have a fabric scrap piece that is too small…whatever…throw that bad boy in there. It all works in the end. Some of the flags I used are smaller and they are still awesome. Size doesn’t matter in this category.
Put the right sides together and sew around the edges leaving a few inches open at the top to be able to turn them right side out!
You can sew them in a chain and cut them apart when you are finished with them all. This saves a lot of time and thread!
Turn the flags right side out and use a chopstick to make the corners good and crisp! I do these kinds of projects in the school car pick-up line!
Press the flags so they are tidy and fold down the edge where there is an opening. Tuck the fabric to the inside so everything is in line.
See how nice and clean everything looks! You can arrange the flags in whatever order you want…again…throw out all the rules and go with it. Don’t overthink it. Everything will be fabulous.
You can either make your own binding or buy it already made. I used some leftover binding from a quilt that I made. Cut long strips of fabric 2.5″ wide. Fold it in half lengthwise and press. Then open it back up and fold the edges into the inside again, press it again.
It will end up looking like this where the outside edges are smooth and the rough edges are on the inside. Tuck the ends in and press also. Sew the ends closed and then start sewing the binding closed. Only sew it closed about 4″-6″, which leaves enough room without a flag so that you can tie it to something. Once you are ready, tuck a flag in between the binding and sew it closed.
Be sure to put the open end of your flag into the binding so that it gets sewn closed with the binding. You could take the extra step to sew the flag opening closed beforehand but notice those key words “EXTRA STEP”. We don’t really need an extra step in life do we?
I separated the flags about two inches or so but I just eye balled it…no measuring. Go with it. Get wild.
I love the way they turned out. I could sew these all day long and then some. I think I will add some to my Etsy shop soon! I think they are festive and make life a party.
I hope Kerry likes them! Look at the camera fabric to the right side…because Kerry is a photographer! I also used some fabrics that I made some of her travel bags out of and some of the fabrics we purchased together when we were in NYC!
Give this project a try, I think you will love it!