This Christmas, despite my great intentions, I only made one homemade gift: a flag bunting for my sister in law, Liz. It is meant to be birthday party decor, or Independence day decor, or anything-she-wants-decor. I also made one for Hank and George's birthday, as seen here.
1. For the triangle template, start by cutting a rectangle out of a piece of lightweight cardboard: 10" x 7". I used gum box packaging. A cereal box would work well too.
3. Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut a triangle using the middle fold as your center point, on each side. This gives you a perfect triangular shape.
5. Put some painter's tape on the back of the triangle template. You'll still need to hold it while cutting, but the tape helps keep it in place under the ruler.
6. Place the base of the template on the fold of the fabric.
7. Use your rotary cutter and ruler (aligned with the cardboard template) to cut out the fabric. Don't cut the folded side. When unfolded, it will look like this:
9. I used some twine I already had. Without cutting any from the roll, I just unwound a little as I went. Make sure to give yourself at least 3 feet of twine on each side of the the whole bunting, to allow for easy hanging.
10. Unfold your triangle, wrong side up. Place twine at the fold of the flag and fold the triangle over onto itself. Secure the twine in place by sewing right next to it, and then all the way around the flag. Use a 1/4 inch seam from the edge. Try not to sew over the twine, so you can slide the placement of each flag, as needed, when you are done. The edges will be raw, and that's intentional.
11. Continue sewing each flag onto the twine. Placement isn't a big worry as you sew, because, like I said, you can adjust that later.
12. I tied a little knot at both ends of the bunting, to keep the flags somewhat in place, but that's probably not necessary.