Hey all! Erin from House on Hill Road here with a fun, fast and scrappy project for you today. I whipped up this darling spring bunting in an afternoon and now I want to make more! Here’s how I did it.
Finished Size: 3 yards long
GO! Qube Mix and Match 12” Block (55778) (Die #1 - 6” square)
GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar (55177)
(6) fabrics for background squares
Scraps of printed fabrics for flower shapes
(1) package (3 yards) 1/2” wide double fold binding
1. Using the 6” square (#1 die) from the GO! Qube Mix and Match 12” block, cut (2) squares out of each of your six background fabrics. One square will be used for the front of each bunting flag and its match will be used for the back side of the bunting flag.
2. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron the fusible webbing to the back of your fabric scraps. Using the GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar, cut a variety of flowers, petals and stems from your fabric scraps.
3. Arrange the fabric scraps as desired on each of front bunting flag squares. Be sure to leave at least 1/2’’ of background fabric for seam allowances along all edges. When you are happy with the arrangement, fuse the fabrics in place.
4. Optional: Secure the applique pieces by sewing them with a decorative or zig zag stitch. Because the bunting shouldn’t get much handling or wear, you can skip this if you want. I chose to use a small zig zag (about 2.5mm) to embellish my flowers.
5. Place the front bunting flag square and the back bunting flag square right sides together and sew along the sides and bottom edge with a 1/2’’ seam allowance. Trim away the bottom corners at an angle to reduce the bulk.
6. Turn the bunting flag right side out and press flat.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the remaining flags.
8. Find the middle of the length of the bias tape and mark it. Place one flag 1 1/2’’ to 2’’ to each side of the middle mark. Open the bias tape, insert the raw edges of the top of the flag into the fold and pin in place. Pin the remaining flags in place, keeping the spacing between the flags even.
9. Beginning at one end of the bias tape, sew the entire length of bias tape closed, catching the flags as you come to them. You can do this with matching or contrasting thread. I chose to use a small zig zag to mirror the applique stitches, but a straight stitch will work just as well.
10. Hang your bunting and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy making this fun spring bunting. It's very easy to customize - make it longer, add more flags, even add smaller squares with the larger ones! See you back here next month with another project for you to make.