I have gone bunting mad 

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I have gone mad.  Bunting mad that is. I love fabric.  I love some of the vintage pieces in my stash so much that I have stingily hoarded them away, searching for the perfect project to match my fabulous old textiles.

And then…. And then!…. As I was strolling down a Pinterest back alley for craft addicts, I came across some precious bunting.   I turned my family room into a party just like that.  unnamed2unnamed3

Bunting, the exposing of the madness of a fabric hoarder.  I did not buy one thing for this project.  Every piece of fabric and edging and thread were already burrowed away in my tote of fabric treasure.

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Seriously how cute is this?  We had a “happy cause it’s Sunday night dinner” party last night… If Ina Garten can have cocktail parties on a whim…. so can I.  I added a bottle of Blueberry Moscato to our grilled chicken Sunday meal. Voila! cocktail party!  Ina would have been proud.

I have had so much fun with bunting, I made my coworker one that matches her theme and colors for her new baby room.

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image CUTENESS OVERLOAD!

This is an easy project and not made for the perfectionist to enjoy.  All you need to do is make triangles and attach them to something.  Easy right?  And you get to look at all that pretty fabric that you have kept stowed away.

First gather up all your pretty fabrics.  You will need a ruler, good pair of scissors or one of those cutting wheel quilt things…. I used both.  You will need pins and some edging or ribbon or string… whatever you want to use.

Decide on a size.  Do you want them big, small, medium?  It’s all about how and where you will use them.  I downloaded my bunting flag size but can’t remember where to help you out here.  You just need to keep in mind that the wide end of your triangle should be an inch longer than you want it to be and that there is a / on one side and a \ on the other.  I don’t know why.  image

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Cut out the triangle on a piece of paper.  THIS IS YOUR PATTERN FOR ALL of the FLAGS unless you want them different sizes which is well… Ludacris

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Stating the obvious, you must have two pieces of fabric for each flag.  Putting right sides together, pin your pattern to your fabric and cut away.

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All the way down to the point and head back home. Leave the wide edge openimage  image(again stating the obvious) so you can turn it inside out.  Use something with a blunt end to make that point.

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image Iron into a nice little flag and run a stitch along the /\ to finish it off  image

This one is my favorite 🙂image  I have hoarded this vintage Lily of the Valley fabric for years.  I found it in the attic of a farm house estate sale.  I made an apron out of it and have kept the little left overs hoping for a project such as this. Its so lovely.

Back to the instructions……

imageOnce you have all of your little flags ready, use a ruler and trim off the top so that you have a perfect triangle.  Make sure that wide end is straight so that it doesn’t mess you up later when you are sewing them to your ribbon or edging.  image

once you have all of the flags the way you want, I did play around with some ric rac on a few.  Since I happen to have a stash of vintage ric rac along with my stash of fabric.  Amazing how we can stash away so much fabric.  I hide mine in totes, bags, a suitcase.. seriously I have a problem.  I like dishes too but that’s for another 12 step program.

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Now you are ready to start attaching your flags to your edge.

I used what I could find which ended up being a few different colors of edging.  Make sure you use something to space your flags evenly.  You can bring out some perfectionism here but not too much.

imageDouble fold edging.  I used wide ones and narrow ones…. because guess what?  I have a stash of this stuff too!

imageimageMy guide between flags was some ric rac.  this was about 2 1/2 inches wide.

Lay the flag on the edging and sew down.  image

I made my flag as long as the edging was.  Some were full lengths and some were shorter.  My longest flag in the pictures above is probably 6 feet.

After you have sewn all your flags, fold the edging over and sew down again.  image EWWW!  Please excuse my ironing board.  It hasn’t been a clothing ironing board in a few years because it inadvertently became my crafting table.  It’s perfect height and length for sewing projects.  It is now covered in hot glue drops, glitter, paint… looks pretty gross in these pictures 😦

imageYou could be less lazy than me and find some matching thread but really… these are hanging high.  Who is looking at the thread?

So much fun.  If sewing is therapeutic for you.  I recommend this for your treatment plan.

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imageFlag Happy

unnamed2 aww look… my kitty Louise is having lunch on the sideboard.  Yes.  That’s disturbing.  If I don’t keep her food up high, the dog devours it.  I hide this practice when I have cocktail party dinners in this room.unnamed

unnamed3Happy Bunting!

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One thought on “I have gone bunting mad 

  1. These are great! I just drove to the netherworld of western Anderson county to drop off both my sewing machines for attention. I confess that I have NEVER used a rotary cutter. I don’t even own one. Love your vintage fabrics, but relieved to find that there is one more thing I don’t hoard…LOL

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