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Flag Bunting with Ribbon

Making progress on projects is certainly a challenge when you are a million months pregnant and have rambunctious toddlers about. Especially when you add in trying to work a job and run a household. The chaos is never ending. I finally seem to have the new house in functional order, even though we still don’t own any adult sized chairs. I would love to sit at a table some day! I am really making headway on the girl room makeover. Lamps, rugs, and cribs are in place. I am still waiting on our blinds, which has been a thorn in my side ever since a six week promise turned into a 12 week one.

However, I have finally finished the flag bunting project! Yes, the one I posted about over a year ago and never got around to making. I have had my fabric sitting here since last Summer, but I didn’t make the bunting once we decided to sell our house and move. I wanted it to stretch across the ceiling on a diagonal, and it made no sense to make it when it was going be going in a new room with unknown dimensions.

Wyn and Baby’s room has a 17 foot diagonal, so I needed 24 flags in the 8.5 inch size I had decided upon. I wanted them double sided since they were going along the ceiling, so I traced my homemade cardboard flag template on my fabric and cut out 48 triangle flags. I only have fabric sheers, so it was a pain in the butt. If you have a rotary cutter, that is definitely the way to go!

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Now, when making a flag bunting, you can go in a few different directions. You could place your fabric print side in and stitch the rims, then turn and top stitch them for a very polished look. Or you can place the triangle print side out and just stitch a 1/4 inch in from the rim. You can just let the outer rim fray, or you could use pinking sheers to give a visual zigzag and avoid fraying. I chose to just top stitch with a straight stitch about a half inch from the edge and let it be to fray. I like the frayed look for this type of project. Plus it is easy, which I wanted when dealing with 24 double sided flags. You don’t need to stich the top edge of the flag, since it will be sewn into the ribbon.

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Aaaahhh, the ribbon. Sewing with slippery ribbon is always a challenge. I would have used bias tape/binding, but our Michael’s is pretty limited and I needed to just get this done. So I purchased seven yards of 1.5 inch ribbon. I jammed my sewing machine about 20 times during this project. Mostly because I am not really a sewer, but partly due to the ribbon being a pain. Fold your ribbon over the top edge of the flag and pin it in place. line up your next flag with a half inch overlap on the previous flag. Pin it and so on. Straight stitch your binding about a 1/4 inch from the bottom ledge of the ribbon. To go quicker, don’t pin at all, but the ribbon is slippery,so it is not that easy. I recommend ironing your ribbon after pinning for a smoother process.

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Since doing all 24 flags in a single bunting was too tedious, I did two 12 flag buntings. I left enough ribbon on the ends to tie them together in the a big bow in the center of the room.

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This room has a ways to go before it is”finished”, but we are making progress! I will be honest, I don’t think I will ever again make such a large bunting. This type of project should only take an hour if you make a small one to hang over a crib. A 17 foot bunting with annoying ribbon took many hours and was a tangled mess. I can totally see why some of those business owners on Etsy charge so much for the larger buntings. They are a pain in the butt. However, a small one is easy.

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Hopefully, we will get our window treatments soon and I can get some lighting set up for some after pictures of the girl room. I still need some sort of artwork or decals for the walls. They are just so GREY.

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