With Summer fun comes the patriotic holidays, and we just love to show off our red, white and blue! This Memorial Day, make a handmade classic flag bunting for your home. A sewing DIY that is surprisingly simple, and once completed looks fantastic hanging on porches, underneath windows, or even hanging on your fireplace mantel. You’ll love this patriotic home decor so much, that you just might keep it up until Independence Day. Let the fireworks begin!
Patriotic Flag Bunting DIY.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner.
Time Needed: 1 – 2 hours.
● ⅜ yd. Red Fabric (Fabric Used: http://www.joann.com/country-classic-cotton-solid-quilt-fabric/prd10005.html#start=3 ‘Scarlet’)
● ⅜ yd. White Fabric (Fabric Used: http://www.joann.com/country-classic-cotton-solid-quilt-fabric/prd10005.html#start=3 ‘White’)
● ⅜ yd. Blue Fabric ( Fabric Used: http://www.joann.com/stars-n-stripes-fabric-flag-squares/11481454.html#prefn1=holiday&start=55&sz=54&prefv1=Patriotic)
● 2.5 yds. Bias Tape
● Scissors / Rotary Cutter
● Coordinating Thread
● Basic Sewing Essentials
*Please note – for indoor flags, you can use quilting cotton. For outdoor flags, please use exterior fabric.
Step Two: Place the red and white fabric right sides together matching up all edges. Pin and sew one long edge. Place the white and blue fabric right sides together, pin and sew the long raw edge. Finish the seams with either a serger, zig zag stitch or pinking shears and press.
Step Three: Fold fabric in half right sides together, matching up the side seams. Pin the bottom blue edge and sew. Finish seam.
Step Four: Hem the bottom ‘curved’ edge by turning the bottom edge ¼” towards the wrong side and pressing. Turn again ½”, press and sew.
Step Five: Add the bias tape to the top edge of the red fabric, enclosing the raw edge inside of the bias tape fold. Leave 23” of bias tape hanging off each side of the bunting for tying later, with the top of the flag securely in the middle of the bias tape. Pin and sew the bottom bias tape edge to secure.
Step Six: At the top center of the flag, pinch the fabric from the top of the middle blue seam to the top center of the flag.
Step Seven: You may either bunch the fabric together, or fold it into pleats like I have.
Step Eight: Sew a quick line back and forth over the pinched fabric top center to secure.
And you are finished!
May the barbeques be plentiful, the family and friends be merry, and the fabric sales be awesome.
Lastly, please remember to thank a man or woman who has served our glorious country this holiday weekend. They make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!