Saturday, January 28, 2012

Be Mine Bonanza: Day 7-Valentine's Flag Bunting

Hey, everybody! I'm Gwen and I blog over at Gwenny Penny. I'm so glad Kindra asked me to be part of her Be Mine Bonanza again this year. Last year I shared my Painted Muslin Hearts tutorial. This year I have a Valentine's Flag Bunting tutorial for you...
I've made similar buntings over the past few years, one for Halloween and one for Thanksgiving. I decided it was time to add a Valentine's bunting to the list, too. And since I've never shared a tutorial for how I make these, this is the perfect time :)
Materials:
felt (I used gray for the flags and white for the hearts)
cotton fabric (I used two different fabrics)
3 buttons (I used 3/4" diameter)
embroidery floss
ribbon or twill tape - about 2.25 yds (I used 1/2" wide white twill tape)
disappearing or water soluble marking pen or pencil
pinking shears
scissors or rotary cutter
ruler
coordinating thread
needle
Instructions:
Step 1: Click HERE to print out the template for the flags. Print at 100%, no scaling. Cut out around the larger triangle.
Step 2: Trace your template from Step 1 onto your felt. Do this five times. Cut out your five felt triangles.
Step 3: Take your template from Step 1 and cut it down to the smaller triangle size. Trace this triangle onto your cotton fabric. You will need five of these triangles. I used three solid red triangles and two red and white striped triangles. You could make all five the same or all five different, too. Cut out these five triangles using pinking shears on the angled sides.
Step 4: Take one of your felt triangles and set it in front of you with the point toward you. Lay one of your cotton triangles on top of it, lining up the top edges of the triangles and centering the cotton triangle horizontally on the felt triangle.
Sew from the top edge to the point of the cotton triangle, about 1/8 - 1/4" from the edge.
Leaving the needle down, lift your presser foot and turn the triangles so that you can sew up the other side of the cotton triangle from the point to the top edge. Lower your presser foot and sew.
Repeat this step for all five felt/cotton triangle combinations.
Step 5: Now for some decorating. I drew a heart on a piece of paper and cut it out, but you could also do a Google Images search for a heart outline to use. My hearts are about 2.5" square. Trace your heart template onto your felt. You will need three hearts if you are adding them to every other flag like I did. Cut out each felt heart. Choose which flags you are adding your hearts to. Place your hearts about 1.5" down from the top of each flag and pin in place. Carefully sew around the edge of each heart, about 1/8" from the edge.
Step 6: More embellishment... Use embroidery floss to attach a button to the center of each heart. I just knotted mine on the front to hold them in place.
Step 7: Take your ribbon or twill tape and leave an 18" tail at one end. Line up the top edge of your ribbon over the top edge of your first flag. Pin in place.
Leave a 3" gap and pin your second flag in place. Repeat this for each flag, leaving a 3" gap between them and an 18" tail of ribbon at either end of the bunting.
Sew over each flag along the top edge of your ribbon, remembering to backstitch at the beginning and end of each flag. If you are using a wide ribbon, you may want to add a row of stitching along the bottom edge of the ribbon as well.
You're finished! Now hang it up :)
Don't sew? Use glue to hold all of your layers together :)
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Please stop by Gwenny Penny for a visit anytime. I would love to have you. Thanks so much for having me here today, Kindra!


Thanks so much Gwen for ending our series with a bang! I just love the look of the grey with the traditional red and white. A festive banner to enjoy, that's for sure! I can't sew (yet...) but like Gwen said, I can use glue. :) Gwen is a very talented crafter that mainly focuses on sewing projects. If I lived closer I would be knocking on her door to get a lesson or 2 from her. You can find Gwen over at Gwenny Penny! Pop on over and say hi!

BE MINE BONANZA LINKY PARTY

I also want to feature you as well. Instead of my Terrific Under Ten Tuesday this week, I will have a Be Mine Bonanza linky party open up all week.


Link up your Valentine projects.
You can link up as many posts as you like.
Please leave a link back to At Home With K in your post or on your blog.
The Linky party ends tonight at midnight.
Thanks!

10 comments:

  1. Great tutorial! I haven't made any of these, but I just might have to.

    Holly

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  2. I really like the use of felt for this bunting. Fabulous tutorial!

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  3. Thanks for having me again this year, Kindra! Great series :)

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  4. Love the use of grey felt coordinates with red so well, it looks really great on your mantel.

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  5. This is so cute! I love the red stripes. I really need to make one of these soon, I just adore them.
    xoxo

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  6. I love the colors. You always do such a fabulous job Gwen! Thanks for hosting Kindra- fun ideas linked up.
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  7. Adorable!!!! Oh so many lovely things and beautiful places to visit...off to get a cup of tea and enjoy! xoxox

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  8. Cute! I just took down my Christmas decorations yesterday {shame!} and the house is looking a little bare. V-day bunting might be just the thing to cheer up the dreary areas. Thanks, Gwen!

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  9. Great tutorial Gwen! This could be made for any season...thanks for sharing! I would be gluing mine together, oh I wish I could sew! Happy Valentines! ~Sarah~

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I am so happy you stopped by my blog! I appreciate all your fun comments!