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!
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.
- 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
- Make sure that your red and white stripe and your USA chevron measures 16″ x 12″ / stripes running along the long 16″ side.
- 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.
- Using your white thread, stitch a straight line down each white line on your red and white stripe fabric.
- 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.
- Iron your Royal Sketch onto your Heat n Bond no sew. Once cooled, cut into rectangles measuring 1.5″ x 3″.
- 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.
- You now have what resembles an American Flag!
- 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.
- We now have our completed flags!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Topstitch, staying close to the open edge of the bias tape.
- You are finished! Time to decorate your place and celebrate!