Patriotic Flag Swag Bunting {No-Sew}

I’m a little passionate about the Red, White, and Blue…I ♥ the USA.
I have wanted flag swag buntings forever. The problem ~ I didn’t want just one…I wanted like 10 {and at $20+ a piece they have never seemed to make it into my budget} With our deck finally completed, I knew I had to find a way to drape these beauties across the back for an upcoming party!

No Sew, Inexpensive Fabrics, and about 20 minutes makes these cuties as simple as can be.

Begin with three pieces of fabric; any shade of red, white and blue will do. I used simple cotton for the red and blue and muslin for the white. {You can pick up a solid cottons for around $2 a yard and muslin for as low as $1.} One yard of each will make at least 3 separate buntings.

Keeping your fabric folded in half {as it is on the bolt} measure and cut 8 inches of blue and 12 inches of the red and white. {those are height measurements – the width will be the standard width of your fabric off the bolt}. I used a t-square to make square to assure my cuts were straight.

Use Stitch Witchery to adhere the fabrics together; blue at the top, then red, then your white. Simply open and lay out your white fabric, cut a piece of Stitch Witchery, the length of the fabric, and lay it along the top edge. Lay your blue fabric on top, making sure the fabrics overlap and the edge of the blue fabric is just covering the Stitch Witchery. Iron together {following the directions on the package – as some brands of Stitch Witchery differ slightly}. Repeat the process on the bottom of the white piece with your red fabric.

You should now have one cohesive piece of fabric. I left my edges raw, as once you fold the fabric these will not be visible. You can certainly take the time to finish them though if you wish.

Cut a wooden dowel just short of the width of your fabric. {You do not want it to stick out} Working from the back side of your fabric, lay the wooden dowel at the top of the blue and cut another piece of Stitch Witchery the same width. Roll over the top of your fabric to cover the dowel and iron into place.

This will give your bunting stability and it will hang nicely.

Starting at the bottom of your fabric {the red} begin to make accordion folds. I simply used a yard stick as a guide to fold even pleats. You want to make sure that the first pleat you make, the raw edge is folded down toward the back – This is important as you will see in the last step.

As you make each fold, iron to hold the pleat into place. Continue folding until your reach the dowel in the blue fabric.

Once you have all the fabric folded, use a ruler or measuring tape to find the center. Lightly mark this spot on the fabric.

Insert a safety pin directly in the center, making sure you punch through every layer.

Cut a piece of Stitch Witchery to run from the center pin to the edge of your fabric.

Roll to the side and slightly fan out the fabric until the two red end pieces meet. Use the Stitch Witchery to seal these two edges together. Remember the first fold {raw edge down} These are the two folds that you will be ironing together. The raw edges should be facing the back so that when you adhere them together you get a perfect seam. {Once you have your fabric laid out it is not as complicated as it seems}

To hang, I used a thumbtack on each end, which I slid into dowel pocket and pinned to the deck. {You can see in photo above, on the right hand side, the tack placement} By sliding them into the pockets you can fold the fabric over to hide the tack heads.

My bunting measures 36 inches wide. The width of your bunting will be determined by the width of your fabric.

Oh how I love thee! Enjoy!

                  

Comments

  1. I’m so loving your no sew projects. These banners look great! Your deck is going to be so festive this weekend!

  2. Thats awesome, great job!

  3. that looks fabulous! love no sew projects!

  4. Very cute and extremely easy! I just love red, white and blue.

  5. I too love ne sew projects since I am not that good at sewing. This is a great project. Loved your vacation board over at Ucreate!

  6. Love love love! And it’s no sew? That’s good for me, even though I am trying to learn… :)

  7. Thank you for making me a winner ~ I love Lawry’s!
    Your bunting is much more vibrant and beautiful than any store bought plastic one! And thanks for the detailed pattern. I love it!

  8. Great job! So professional looking and cute!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  9. Love them! Great job and I bet they look awesome on your deck.

  10. My husband wanted some flags like these this year, but we couldn’t find any (already sold out). I’m going to have to try this, thanks!!!

  11. I love buntings too, but didn’t want to pay so much. This turned out so pretty and I love that it’s no sew. Thanks for showing us how to make them.

  12. This looks great. I like the dowel idea too.

  13. I’m koo-koo over your buntings, Stephanie! Like you, I have been wanting some for my front porch. But I’d need 6 and that’s expensive! I’m curious of how the pleats will hold up if they get rained on. Are yours exposed to the elements? Mine would be for a covered porch. I was just curious. Since they aren’t sewn, I wondered if the weight of a good rain shower would make them possibly droop or loose the pleat? -Karen

  14. So festive!!

  15. Great job Stephanie!! Extra perk for it being a no sew project. Love it! ~ Laura

  16. What a great idea. Very clever execution.

  17. Thanks for the great tutorial!
    This link was shared on homepodge.com

  18. These are great!

  19. Very festive Stephanie Lynn! I have always thought bunting looks so classic, thanks for the how-to!

  20. So cute!! I love that Stephanie!

    XOXO
    Jen

  21. Great job! Looks so nice and festive! Happy 4th! Love & blessings from NC!

  22. This is beautiful. I have to put these on my list for next year. Gotta get hubby to build a porch railing too! ;-) thanks for linking up at TT. Have a great week.

  23. This looks awesome! I feel so unprepared for the 4th, but I will definitely have to try some of your ideas next year! Have a great day! ~Andrea
    http://www.andreasattic-andrea.blogspot.com

  24. I love it! I was thinking I’d like some buntings to hang from our upper windows. You make it look so easy, LOL!

  25. You’ve outdone yourself with this one, Stephanie Lynn! Thanks so much for the step by step photos. I’m bookmarking it, maybe for next year, but I have to make this!

    I mentioned it today in my post. And Fab Finds for the Fourth starts tonite @ 9 pm PST. Hope you’ll stop by!

  26. LOVE IT….just might be copying it. I’m stopping by from Centsational Girl…Happy 4th!

  27. I want bunting for my porch but haven’t done it for the same reasons. Thanks for the no sew option – my sewing machine just died and that’s limiting my craft projects.

  28. Wow! I’m hitting the fabric store first thing in the morning! Who knew it would be so easy, and you can’t beat the price!! I bought 2 ready mades last year, and they did not hold up well at all. I’m going to try these and see how they hold up! Thanks so much!

  29. So simple, but what a statement this would make. Thanks for the tutorial.

  30. Great job!!!

    Sam
    Mom.Undecided.
    http://momundecided.blogspot.com
    (Come on over – I’m hosting my first giveaway!)

  31. this project is the reason i follow you! and gave you this award http://thethriftyba.blogspot.com/2010/06/getting-some-love-from-traci66.html

  32. I love all your patriotic things! This is so great. :) Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!!

  33. Well you certainly got my attention when you said no sewing! I love this idea, and I want to translate it to the real long swags that I’ve seen draped on some houses. I can’t believe all of the great ideas that I’m seeing for the Stars and Stripes Party!
    Happy 4th!
    Carol~~Old Glory Cottage

  34. I loved your beautiful buntings so much that I made myself some and posted on my blog, with a shout out to you of course. Thanks for the Inspiration!
    Check mine out at Moorefromtheheart.com
    email – debbiemoore@qwestoffice.net

  35. This is such a great idea. I have lots of scraps to use for this project.

  36. Love these, very clever and you make it look so easy to make

  37. Hi Stephanie!

    that turned out great! I love stich witchery and heat n bond.

    I hope you and you family had a wonderful holiday weekend!

  38. These turned out great. I am going to make some for my store and home next year. Thanks for the tute!

  39. I like these even better than the classic ones, they are fresh and updated, and can be adapted to any color scheme for any party! Thanks for the how-to!

  40. One of the things I am enjoying the most is your sense of pride in your home and family. I love all the ideas that you suggest that we can do on our own-what memories that creates. You would enjoy Fritz Kay’s work at http://www.fritzkay.com. His approach complements yours. Keep the great work coming!!
    Ina O

  41. Wow, this is brilliant!

        

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