Sarah Ashford is back, sharing another adorable, colorful, and fun little sewing project with us today! She teaches us how to make this fun and colorful fabric banner. She even included a free banner template to download!
Here in the UK we've had a glorious summer so far. Blue skies for days or even weeks, bright sunshine and fun days on the go or in the garden. We're all feeling really summery, and what better way to celebrate than with a traditional English flag bunting?
If you want to make this banner for another season or a special occasion, just swap the fabrics!
I have lots of cute animal fabrics in my stash that are so adorable, and I thought: what better way to show them off than by creating flag bunting to celebrate our fabulous summer?
You may think making streamers is easy, but trust me, not all streamers are created equal!
I'm going to share with you some tips and tricks for getting perfect points at the tip of the triangle so you can make your beautiful banner in no time. Many streamer tutorials leave the straight edge of the fabric raw and finish the edge using pinking shears.
Our bunting tutorial does not leave a raw fabric edge, the top edge of the fabric is wrapped in the folded binding, which will help the bunting last longer.
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How to get the model
Fill out this form and we will email you a PDF copy of the pattern to make the fabric banner.
DIY Banner Supplies
- Approximately. Big 8th out of 11 different fabrics (this can be more if you're picky about cutting). You can also use large pieces of fabric.
- Banner template (the triangular shape for the banner)
- Plastic template (or piece of cardboard)
- 3 meter bias tape or bias binding (can be used pre-packaged)
- Fabric pen
- fabric scissors
- Usual sewing equipment (sewing machine, ruler, rotary cutter, mat, pins etc.)
Step by step instructions
Tutorial for fabric banners
Learn how to make a garland. This fun and colorful fabric flag garland is so easy to create. We've even included a free banner template to download!
- 8-11 big eighths Fabric it can be more if you are difficult to cut
- 1 Banner template fill out the form on this page to receive it by email.
- 1 piece Plastic template or cardboard
- 3 meters Bias
The first step:
Next, you need to pin each front and back piece together for each flag. Place right sides together and pin each side, but watch the direction of the pins… refer to the photo and the same. This is very important because the correct orientation of the pins will allow you to remove the pins while you sew and will make your life much easier! Pin about ½” from the edge.
Second step :
Starting at the top right corner, sew using a ¼” seam. When you get ¼” from the point, stop, pivot, then continue to the top left corner.
Do this for all 11 flags. You can chain the flags together to save time and thread. Remember that you can remove the pins as you get closer.
Next, you need to trim the seam allowance at the tip of each flag to eliminate bulk and help create a perfect stitch. Using sharp embroidery scissors, cut the bottom, then about an inch up diagonally on each side of the “V” for all 11 flags.
Now turn the flags right side out. To get a nice point, take a sharp object like a knitting needle or a kebab stick, and gently push the point, being careful not to make a hole in the fabric! Take your time to ease it slowly.
Once all 11 flags have been turned right side out, take a hot iron and carefully place it inside each flag, pressing one side seam on each side. Then press flat.
Do this for all flags.
You are now ready to place the flags on the bias. Take the binding and iron it in half.
Arrange your flags in the order that suits you. I opted for rainbow training!
Fold the binding in half to get your midpoint. As there are 11 flags, you must place a flag exactly in the middle of this fold then 5 flags on each side. Take the center flag, fold it in half to make a crease and match the creases.
Insert the flag between the binding, making sure it is fully inserted. (My binding is quite narrow, so this is a little tricky. You may choose to use a slightly wider binding.) Secure it in place with clips or binding pins if you prefer.
Repeat for the remaining 10 flags. It's up to you whether the flags touch each other or there is a gap between them. If you decide to leave a space, you will need to make sure it is equal between each flag.
About the creator:
Sarah Ashford is a British quilter, embroiderer and founder of the GreatBritishQuilter challenge on Instagram. Sarah regularly contributes to magazine projects and loves spreading the joy of quilting wherever she goes. Follow her on Instagram at @sarahashfordstudio and don't forget to check out her beautiful sewing room stickers in her Etsy store. www.etsy.com/shop/sarahashfordstudio
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