Monday, June 21, 2010

LoneStar pride on the 4th of July, Two bunting tutorials

~Recently I was asked to submit a project to celebrate the 4th of July. My first thought was to make bunting for a party. I thought a literal star spangled banner. But that is really not our style. What is our style is Texas pride. I know I am a Georgia peach living the good life in central Texas and my Texas family has filled me with Pride for the Lone star state. So for us I made LoneStar bunting; but I also did a no-sew version of the original star spangled banner. You choose which you is your family's style!


Materials LoneStar version

5@7x9 rectangles cut from white fabric( I used an old sheet)
5@3 1/2 x 5 red rectangles with heat and bond attached to the back
5@3 1/2 x 5 white rectangles with heat and bond attached to the back
5@ 3 1/2 x 7 blue rectangles with heat and bond attached to the back
5 white stars with heat and bond attached to the back
5 yards of bias tape( whatever you have will work I had 1/2 ")
heat and bond lite
iron
chalk
sewing machine
thread



Instructions Lonestar version

1. Iron on heat and bond and cut out your pieces.I made paper patterns for all my pieces including a star. Also I used all scraps for these projects but you could definitely go for a more matching coordinated look.

2.lay out all your pieces and arrange them in a most pleasing manner.Lay your 5@7x9 rectangles cut from white fabric and arrange your flags on top of them.

3. Iron on your pieces.

4.Stitch down your pieces if you like.( I really like the stitching especially on the stars) 5. pink the edges of your flags. Use your pinking shears to trim up the three sides of your flags(leave the top side un-pinked.) 6.measure and mark your bias tape. I always eyeball everything first then I go back and measure and even everything out. Here are measurements I came up with . I start the flags on each side at 10" inside. Then I lay down a flag and measure 8 " and repeat till all your flags have a home.
7. Attach flags to bias tape. cut 5 strips of heat and bond 7"x ?" (?= the width of your bias tape mine was 1/2") and iron to the front top of each flag. Then iron the flags onto the marked locations. You can choose to lay the bias tape flat or fold it over the top edge of your flags. If you want to fold it over I recommend using bias tape with adhesive already attached, or stitching it after you fold.
8. Hang your bunting with handmade pride! you can make loops on the ends if you like or just pin through the bias tape.


Materials star spangled version


2 @7x9 blue rectangles
3@ 7x9 red rectangles
5 white stars with heat and bond attached to the back
5 yards of bias tape( whatever you have will work I had 1/2 ")
heat and bond lite
iron
chalk


Instructions star spangled version

1. Iron on heat and bond and cut out your pieces. I made paper patterns for all my pieces including a star. Also I used all scraps for these projects but you could definitely go for a more matching coordinated look.



2.lay out all your pieces and arrange them in a most pleasing manner.


3. Iron on your pieces.




4. pink the edges of your flags.
Use your pinking shears to trim up the three sides of your flags(leave the top side un-pinked.)

5.measure and mark your bias tape
.
I always eyeball everything first then I go back and measure and even everything out. Here are measurements I came up with. I start the flags on each side at 10" inside. Then I lay down a flag and measure 8 " and repeat till all your flags have a home.


6. Attach flags to bias tape.
cut 5 strips of heat and bond 7"x ?" (?= the width of your bias tape mine was 1/2") and iron to the front top of each flag. Then iron the flags onto the marked locations. The you can lay the bias tape flat or fold it over the top edge of your flags. If you want to fold it over I recommend using bias tape with adhesive already attached. or stitching it after you fold.

7. Hang your bunting with handmade
pride! you can make loops on the ends if you like or just pin through the bias tape.

2 comments:

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Jun 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Tamonster said...

Those look great!