Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vintage. Summer. Gingham. Bunting.

Hi friends of Corey!  Cheryl from a pretty cool life. here! 
Are you all in full-blown summer mode yet?  My boys and I certainly are.  We spend every moment we can outside, soaking up the sun and enjoying the warm summer breezes. 
I thought a fun addition to our yard would be a sweet little bunting, vintage inspired, and made from bright and cheerful gingham. 
Buntings are whimsical and sweet, but best of all they're so easy to make!  Here's how I made mine.
Start by cutting 4 inch wide strips of fabric.  I cut my gingham on the bias, but cut it however you'd like your pattern to show on the flags.
Mark the bottom edge of your fabric strips with a disappearing ink pen or chalk pencil every 4 inches.  Do the same at the top, but make your first dot 2 inches in from the edge. 

Line up those dots with a quilter's rule, and start cutting with your rotary cutter.  Save time and cut multiple layers at once! 
ps.  If you don't like raw, frayed edges, you could do this with a pinking blade. 
Sew two triangles, wrong sides together, closely along the edge of the two longer sides of each flag.
I pulled at threads along the raw edges for more of a worn, vintage-y feel.
My bunting is 30 flags long, but of course you can customize your own length.  After you've finished sewing your flags, you'll need a piece of string or twine long enough to accomodate your flags, plus a few feet extra at both ends for hanging.
Then, using a zig zag stitch, sew your flags to the piece of twine.
Adding on each flag as you go...
Hang it up and enjoy the summer breezes!
I hope everyone enjoyed this little project.  Thanks for having me!  Feel free to visit any time!


Kate said...

LOVE this!! Wishing you had posted it prior to my daughter's rainbow birthday, this is a GREAT way to use up all my gingham scraps! Thanks for another great idea

Carla G. said...

Those flags are so sweet and so pretty! I had one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" moments...I just love them!!!

Chris said...

Lovely lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Tiffany said...

cute. luv the colors.

1 Funky Woman said...

I just found you through Pretty Cool Life! I loved all your ideas! We love the Hungry Caterpillar in our house! I love the felt crowns! These flags are so wonderful for a party! Sign me up, you have a new follower! I think I might be here a while!

Catherine said...

Love these! I may attempt to make them for my daughters 1st birthday in a few months! Love this blog, too. I've been to it before....perhaps from yours, Cheryl! Thanks!

{ L } said...

This is so fun and adorable. I usually shy away from fabric projects but this one looks too cute and I would love to try.

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing! Have you seen what others are stitching up and sharing over at