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Flag Banner Tutorial

March 8, 2013 in Projects

Totally Stitchin': Flag Banner Tutorial

Someone is turning the big TWO next week, and although I am still in denial, I decided to sew a fabric flag banner for the dinosaur party we’re having for our little guy! Flag banners are so easy to make and you can personalize them in so many ways, from fabric to stitch to flag shape and even trim! Plus, once you make one and realize how easy they are, you will make a flag banner for every occasion! They are a great decoration for holidays, baby showers, nurseries, parties…well anything, really! I plan to reuse this in the toy room after the party.

SUPPLIES

-Fabric
-Double fold bias tape (I used 1/2″ wide). If you buy the premade quilt binding bias tape it comes in 3 yard packages which is perfect.
-Coordinating thread
-Baby Lock sewing machine
-Pins, scissors

Totally Stitchin': Flag Banner Tutorial

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Decide on the size of your triangle that you want to use. I usually do a bigger triangle but since this flag banner was going on my mantel I didn’t want it to be too big. Next, make a template for the triangle. The short side of the triangle is 6″ with both sides 7″.

Totally Stitchin': Flag Banner Tutorial

2. Cut out your triangles from 3-4 different patterns/colors of fabric. I did the flags double-sided, so I folded my fabric in half to cut down on my cutting time, pinned my pattern to my fabric and cut away!

Totally Stitchin': Flag Banner Tutorial

I used 3 different fabrics and made 11 triangles. I wanted my dinosaur fabric to be every other triangle so I made 5 dinosaur, 3 yellow, and 3 orange triangles. Just FYI, I used less than a 1/4 yard of each fabric.

3. Next, choose a stitch! I ¬†used a straight stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance just to give the banner a finished look. I used a contrasting thread color to add a little detail to my plain triangles. Sew around the border of each triangle pair.

Totally Stitchin': Flag Banner Tutorial

4. Now align your triangles in the fold of your bias tape, slightly overlapping the corners of the triangles, and pin into the bias tape.

Totally Stitchin': Flag Banner Tutorial

5. Finally, using your sewing machine, sew a straight line down the bias tape, securing your triangles in place.

Totally Stitchin': Flag Banner Tutorial

You could change out bias tape for ribbon or you could make your own bias tape. You could also add ribbon to the ends of your flag by sewing them into the bias tape. This is especially cute on banners for a nursery; it adds a soft touch. You can even paint letters and numbers on your flags…the creative customization options are endless! Honestly, the hardest part about this project is all the cutting. And, the best part? They are easy and inexpensive to make! Just do a search on Etsy and see how much you just saved!

Totally Stitchin': Flag Banner Tutorial

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