I’m a big fan of handmade and personalised gifts, not least because it reminds the recipient that you had them in mind as you were making it. There’s much more sentiment there than just walking into a shop and picking something up off the shelf, and that appeals to me. My very best friend had her second baby girl earlier this year and I wanted to make her something for her first Christmas that she could keep for years and look back on saying, “my Aunty Han made that for me”! I want her to know that I was thinking of her beautiful face and big munchy cheeks as I was making this, and that she really is very special to me.
There are a lot of photos in this post as, in this instance, I think it’s easier to see it rather than just read instructions.
Firstly cut out coordinating materials into triangles. This is double sided bunting so bear in mind when you’re cutting that you’ll need double the amount of triangles. I have 8 flags on this string of bunting so needed 16 triangles.
Cut out the required name in felt and hand sew onto the front of the flags.
Once they’re all sewn on, place another triangle right side down on top of the triangle with the letter sewn on.
Using a machine if you have one, sew a straight seam down one of the edges (not the top of the flag) and when you get to the bottom point, pivot the flag with the needle still in the fabric, so you can sew up the other side, back to the top of the flag.
Do this for all the flags with the letters on plus another four blank flags, two for either side of the name. Trim the bottom of the flags so that when you turn them the right way around you get a fairly defined point at the bottom.
Once they’re all trimmed and turned the right way around you should end up with something like this:
It’s really important to iron the flags now. Trust me they look way better for it. Once ironed, trim the little excess triangular bits of fabric from the tops of the flags to make them straight.
Now get an inch or so wide length of ribbon and find the mid point by folding it. Press with the iron. This is your starting point for positioning the flags. Fold the ribbon in half lengthways and press along the entire length of it. Once you’ve done both these things you should have ribbon that looks a bit like this:
Now this is where iron on hemming tape becomes your best friend.
Tear a little piece off, put it into the folded ribbon starting in the centre of the length, and follow with a flag.
Press with the iron. You should now have a flag that is fixed between the two sides of the ribbon. Carry on doing this working from the centre outwards until all the flags area stuck. You could leave it like this but I prefer to finish it off with a long stitch all the way along the ribbon to secure.
Et voila! There you have it. Personalised double sided bunting for just a couple of hours work. Lovely!