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How to : make double-sided, mini vintage, floral bunting

Wow! we made this gorgeous, super-cute, double-sided, mini vintage, floral bunting from the three fabrics included in the-S box June 2018 “Vintage Handmade”

and another from the Fabric Special “Natural Rustics”

which complimented the-S box April 2018

I have been promising that this summer I will sew, sew, SEW and yes! I’ve got my sewing-mojo back; HURRAY!  It’s what I love best and everyone agrees that sewing keeps me calm and sane!

A couple of weeks ago, just before the-S box June 2018 was released, I was inspired to create a vintage style cross stitch rose motif and at the same time I put by a tiny scrap of each of the three fabrics from this beautiful June collection to “make something later”…

the-stitchery Bunting

the-stitchery Bunting

the-stitchery Bunting

the-stitchery Bunting

It’s no secret that we have always been BIG fans of bunting here at the-stitchery!  I wanted to create a quick bunting fix for a friend’s little girl who was desperate to have some bunting for the head board of her bed, so it had to be a mini version and of course double-sided as it was going to under the close scrutiny of a discerning and very particular ten-year old!!

If you want to create this super-cute look, you’ll need to draft out a mini triangular flag template. Start with a T shape. We measured 6cms across for the horizontal top line and 7cms down for the vertical centre; joining the lower end of the T to the side ends of the bar to form a triangle. Add 1.5cms seam allowance on all three sides and chop off the excess apex point.

To loop this mini bunting gently (five times) across a double head board,

you’ll need 20 of the 6cms wide (finished width) flags as sized above,

so cut 40, as they’re going to be double-sided.

 

Place two triangular, fabric flags right-sides together and stitch 1.5cms from the raw, diagonal edges. Leave the top hoizonatal raw edge open and un-stitched. Do this with each of the 20 triangular flags…

Trim and layer the seam allowance of each flag, so that the seam allowance lies flat and then cut away as much of the seam allowance as you dare at the apex so that you can achieve a reasonable point.

Now turn each triangular flag through to the right side and gently push the point out with a blunt pencil. Roll the diagonal seam edges between your thumb and forefinger and then press this seam flat with an iron.

Do this twenty times to create a series of twenty neat little, traditional, triangular bunting flags.

 

Cut at least 2m of seam binding and mark the centre with a pin.

Pin the horizontal raw edge of each flag to the centre line of the seam binding, balancing the spread of the prints working out tac side of the centre pin. When all the flags are evenly distributed, fold the seam binding over, in half and pin in place.

(In the shop, we are often asked by customers for bias binding to make bunting but we always advise that seam binding is usually better as seam binding has sealed edges (so there are no folded raw edges to spring out), seam binding is NOT cut on the bias so is unlikely to twist, stretch and ‘rope’ like bias can and seam binding is stronger across rooms or walls. CONFESSION: for this specific, small scale, project, I hold my hands up here and concede that, in this case, bias binding might have been a better choice as it would have made cleaner, smoother curves on such a small scale across a bed headboard!) Every day’s a school day!

I did leave a 25cms un-flagged end before and after the flags, in case the bunting had to be tied in place and I did complete the bunting with a wide zig zag stitch to catch in all the top line, flag raw edges and to give a neat professional finish.

Four hours; start to finish, what a great little, the-s box project to make someone happy = RECOMMENDED !!!

(actually, no! Shhhh! don’t say a word! or I’ll have to make some for everyone…)

 

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