Homemade Flag Bunting

Things have been quiet around here so I have been doing some sewing. I have a lot of fabric stored up and I am determined to take some of that fabric and turn it into things I like and would use. Waste not, want not, and all of that...

How many times I see things and think "there isn't a lot to that...I could make that..."

So I see these patriotic flag buntings all over the place in magazines and on blogs and I thought about buying one but really, I have red, white, and blue fabric so why not try making one?

So I found some red fabric first, a smallish piece, and I cut it and and sewed it into a long strip. Measure it? No. Just eyeball. I grab some white and some blue calico and make some strips of the same width. Easy enough. Serged them together quickly. I was guessing at how it would go together really; I had no pattern. But seriously, how hard could it be?

So I assemble this long striped piece and play around with how it will go together but then I decided that the white was too white so I decide to tea dye it before I sew it into its half circle shape.

I cut some more white so I would have a binding-tape piece for the top and put it all into the cooled-off pot of tea.
( I didn't want the red to run so I didn't put it into the tea while it was simmering hot. Did it make any difference? who knows?)

I put a plate on it to hold it down and left it for and hour or so.

I hung it on the line, dried it, ironed it, and assembled it.
I didn't have any of those little grommet thingies to pound into the binding part so I just took advantage of the long tube binding and put a dowel-like rod (that was actually being used to hold up and small quilted wall-hanging in the upstairs hall and now that wall hanging is draped over the stair railing...) into it to keep it straight.

And then I hung it in the center of the front porch.
LinkI am linking this post to My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday.
Lots of great Independence Day ideas over there this week.
Happy 4th of July to you!


Alison @ The Polohouse said...

This looks so pretty!Love it!
Thanks for reminding me... I need to go pull out my bunting too.
Have a lovely fourth.

Ashley said...

Maybe it's just me...but that seemed complicated...
Looks great though!

Our Country Bungalow said...

No Silly! It wasn't complicated. You know me...I don't do a lot of complicated.
Doing the tea dye part was just added steps...but it wasn't really work.
Pinning it was the slowest part...but I wasn't too particular about it. No one sees it up close.

GardenofDaisies (Gayle) said...

Your red white and blue bunting looks wonderful!!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

It looks beautiful! Have a great 4th of July Weekend:@)

Kelli said...

Very pretty and creative! Makes for a cheerfully patriotic entry to your home. :) Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

All That Glitters said...

How cool!!! I can't sew a thang!

Debbie~ said...

Wow, you did a fabulous job, it's perfect! You gave me the idea of making small circle flags, maybe not this year, but next! Thanks for sharing! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Elsie said...

Great job on your banner. It looks wonderful on your cottage. I found your blog through "My Romantic Home". I will be back to visit again. Have a happy 4th.

Gayle said...

Wow! I am impressed, what a good idea. Our homes are similar you will have to stop by and see it. I put my butting out in the same place. I bought mine though, but yours looks fabulous!!

Cindy said...

Very good idea. I do a lot of sewing, quilts mostly, but I never do anything without a pattern. But I think I could do this! Thanks for sharing.


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