The sun is shining and we are all hoping that this summer is going to be hot. With Bank holidays, the Jubilee and the Olympics what better way to get ready for a truly British summer than by getting the bunting ready? Or at least starting it in plenty of time!
How do I know how much to make?
I normally expect to have 3.5 flags per meter. When I measure the space I want to bunt I add 20cm per meter if I want to swag my bunting. So if a window is 2 meters long. I make 2.4 meters of bunting. That’s 9 Flags, 18 triangles of fabric. If worried, make more, you can always cut off the excess bunting, or use somewhere else.
What do I need?
To make the bunting you need some fabric, wonderweb seam tape, an iron, sewing machine and bias binding or ribbon.
Ready Steady Sew…
|How the bunting triangle will look. |
The green lines show the finished size.
Cut the wonderweb tape to the same length as one side of the triangle and fold the fabric over the top to make a crisp edge. Iron the folded edge in place following the directions on the packet. Repeat on the other side.
Next take the two flags, wrong sides together and stitch about 5mm from the edge. Repeat as many times as you need to.
When ready start laying the flags onto the bias tape and pin in place. I tend to leave about 10cms between each flag. Have some fun and work out if there is a pattern to the flags before you start sewing. Think about colours and textures. That’s all there is to it.
I often hang the bunting out, but for the jubilee I’m planning something special, I’ll keep you posted.
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