To celebrate VE Day earlier this month, I wanted to put up some bunting even though we were not doing any actual celebrations. I went to get the bunting from storage and realised that my Mum-in-law still has it – she has it on permanent loan for WI purposes! Since I didn’t view bunting collection as being a critical journey during lockdown, I set about making some more. As I wanted a patriotic look, I rifled through my fabric collection and pulled out all fabrics that had red, white or blue in them – most were offcuts from clothing or other sewing projects – and set to work.
First job is to make a cardboard template for the flag size. You can make the flags whatever size you like – mine were 6” x 7½”. I also cut out a 2” cardboard spacer although you can put the flags next to each other if you prefer. After drawing around the flags, I cut them out using pinking shears, which have a zig-zag edge so prevent the fabric from fraying. I cut the top edge with regular scissors as a reminder as to which edge I needed to sew. It’s easy to get confused when you’re head down in the sewing machine!
I used double fold bias binding to attach my flags. Once the binding was opened up, the flag was laid inside with the top edge against the centre fold, the binding folded over and then stitched along the edge of the binding. After laying the spacer alongside, I then positioned the next flag and stitched that in place. Repeat for as long as you want your bunting to be.
I made two lengths; one each for upstairs and downstairs.
This is a great project to repurpose old clothing or bedding. It’s also very straightforward and quite quick to do making it ideal for beginners or children. So, jazz up your lockdown celebration with some unique bunting!