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July 4th Tutorial – American Flag Bunting

Hello, Nicole here from Modern Handcraft with a fun tutorial to add some red white and blue to your Fourth of July – American Flag Bunting!

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

This can be hung from your mantel, across a doorway or even on your little red wagon for the Fourth of July parade! Make this as long or as short as you like, or even add the American Flags to a wreath for your front door.

Fabric requirements below will make 12 flags for 131″ of bunting.

Materials needed:

  • Stripe-C2353-Red / Red & White Stripe: 16″ x 12″ piece (stripes running along the 16″ side)
  • Mini-C1044-USA / Mini Chevrons: 16″ x 12″ piece
  • Fun-C8224-Royal / Sketch Royal: 6″ x 9″ piece
  • Hue-C1714-White / Sketch White-on-White: – 1/4 yard, 3 – 2.5″ WOF (width of fabric) cuts
  • Sewing Machine and Notions (rotary cutter and mat, scissors, iron, straight pins, clover wonder clips, fabric pen/pencil)
  • Coordinating thread – Aurifil in White and Steel Blue
  • Therm O Web Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece
  • Therm O Web Heat n Bond no sew fusible interfacing
  • Therm O Web Spray n Bond Basting Spray

Step 1:

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • Make sure that your red and white stripe and your USA chevron measures 16″ x 12″ / stripes running along the long 16″ side.

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • Fuse one fabric to your fusible fleece, on the other side you can use a basting spray to baste or pin in place the other fabric.

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • Using your white thread, stitch a straight line down each white line on your red and white stripe fabric.

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • Once quilted you will need your rotary cutter, mat and an acrylic ruler. Cut your fabric into rectangles measuring 3″ x 5.25″ – make sure the stripes run along the 5.25″ length.

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • Iron your Royal Sketch onto your Heat n Bond no sew. Once cooled, cut into rectangles measuring 1.5″ x 3″.

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • At your iron you will now peel the paper backing off of your blue rectangle. Place it at the top left corner of your red and white stripe rectangle – iron down.

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • You now have what resembles an American Flag!

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • It isn’t necessary to stitch the blue down since we used a no sew material, but if you would like to, a coordinating blue thread (I used Aurifil in Steel Blue) works nicely with a straight line stitch around the edges.

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • We now have our completed flags!

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • Since we left raw edges, I like to apply a thin layer of Fray Check to my edges just to keep it tidy. When storing it away for next year it will also help to keep the edges nice.

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • You can use pre-made bias tape if you prefer, but making your own straight-of-grain is simple, inexpensive, and works well too. Sew your three strips of 2.5″ x WOF fabric together to create one long strip. Iron in half longways. Now iron each side inwards towards your first crease. Fold that in half (like the above image) and press again, and you now have your tape!

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • Find the center point of your white fabric tape and make a mark with your fabric pen/pencil. Center your first two flags on each side of that line leaving a 4″ space between them. I like to use Clover Wonder Clips, but straight pins work nicely as well. You have a total of 12 flags so divide them up to have 6 on each side – 4″ of spacing between each one.

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • Now that you have your flags pinned in place, it’s time to sew it all together. Starting at either end, fold in the edge of your bias tape. This will take care of the raw edge of your bunting.

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • Topstitch, staying close to the open edge of the bias tape.

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

  • You are finished! Time to decorate your place and celebrate!

American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial American Flag Bunting - Modern Handcraft for Timeless Treasures //  A Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Share your projects if you make this; I would love to see it! I am over at Modern Handcraft and on Instagram @ModernHandcraft.

-Nicole

3 replies
  1. Sasha
    Sasha says:

    Love this tutorial! I hadn’t thought of doing rectangular bunting so am going to steal that idea and do more than just flags. Will have to whip some up for Australia Day here next year and share with you a picture if you like? Many Thanks, Sasha

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