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 :)
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)
ribbon or twill tape - about 2.25 yds (I used 1/2" wide white twill tape)
disappearing or water soluble marking pen or pencil
scissors or rotary cutter
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.
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.
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.