How to sew a flag bunting

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How to sew a flag bunting
Incorporate flag designs into celebratory bunting. (Getty Creative)

Flag buntings are very festive and can be used for any occasion. They are very popular at race days, sporting events and school parties. Flag buntings can be personalised with a person's favourite colours and initials in the case of a birthday party. An anniversary celebration may include the number of years on the flags. Other seasonal icons can be included on the flags according to the celebration. Flag buntings take only a short time to make and are fun to display.

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Fabric
  • Drinking straws
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Measure the distance between the points where your flag bunting will hang. Measure and cut the string 60 cm (2 feet) longer than this measurement.

  2. 2

    Determine the size you want each flag to be on the bunting. An outdoor flag on a bunting is often 20 cm (8 inches) wide and 30 cm (10 inches) long. Keep in mind the size of its surroundings and keep it in scale. You don't want a tiny flag on a large home.

  3. 3

    Determine the shape of your individual flags. They may all be one shape or they may be a series of different shapes.

  4. 4

    Draw paper patterns in the shape and size of the flags you wish to make. Cut the patterns.

    Make the flag bunting

  1. 1

    Fold the fabric in half. Fold the fabric so the wrong sides are touching.

  2. 2

    Lay the patterns on the fabric. The top edge of the pattern must be on the fold of the fabric. They may all be from one fabric or your may choose different prints and colours of fabrics to match your theme.

  3. 3

    Trace around each pattern. Do not trace around the top. Cut through both layers of fabric using the traced line as a guide. Cut with pinking shears. Pinking shears will help prevent the raw edge from unravelling.

  4. 4

    Sew a line across the flag near the top with the wrong sides of the fabric touching. This is the casing for the straws. Leave enough space for the drinking straw to insert through.

  5. 5

    Sew down the remaining edges of the flag, 6 mm (1/4 inch) from the edge.

  6. 6

    Insert the drinking straw through the casing. If the flag top is longer than the straw, connect multiple straws by inserting the straw end into another straw end.

  7. 7

    Insert the string through each straw. Keep your flags evenly spaced by tying a knot on the string after each flag has been installed but before the next flag is installed.

Tips and warnings

  • Using a felt or felt acrylic fabric will allow you to cut a straight edge without fear of the fabric unravelling.
  • For a more finished look you may hem the edges of the flag then turn and topstitch 6 mm (1/4 inch) from the edge.

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