Bunting in red, blue and white has literally invaded the streets of Britain in the last month because of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and I thought this was the right time to make some for my Little Monkey's birthday.
- large scraps of fabric - fat quarters are perfect
- bias tape (bought or homemade)
- matching thread
- card (for the template)
Use the template (which includes a seam allowance of 1/2 cm) to cut your fabric, two triangles per flag (I used 5 different types of fabric, all of them having some purple / violet in them, in check, stripe, polka and flower patterns), for as many flags as you need. In order to save time and fabric, you can cut the fabric as illustrated below, and if you have a rotary cutter, good for you! you'll save LOTS of time and will end up with a good, neat result - I didn't have one, and it meant just a little more time.
In order to calculate how many flags you need, follow the simple scheme below (for 680 cm of bias tape I made 25 flags, alternating the five patterns five times in the same order).
Once you have cut all your triangles, sew them in pairs, wrong sides facing, on the two diagonal sides only with a seam allowance of 1/2 cm, leaving the top open.
Before turning them inside out, remember to trim a little the tip of the triangle for a neater pointy finish.
Turn your flags inside out, and press them. In order to have a perfect triangle and to prevent the fabric from twisting, you can insert the card template inside the flag and iron on it
Before you start sewing the flags to the bias tape, I also suggest you fold the bias tape lengthwise in half and press it, as this will prevent it from twisting while you are sewing.
Now you can insert your flags at the right intervals in the folded bias tape and sew them to it.
You finished your bunting! Now go, hang it to your wall and admire the product of your love!