A canopy is really just a big tent! So I decided I wanted to decorate my tent the glamping style, which of course includes generous flag bunting!!! (Glamping = glamorous camping)
(All photos in this post are clickable, if you want to zoom in on the details!)
I went totally overboard, and pimped my canopy with 60 flags!!! Did I say glamping? I meant GLAMPING 😀 😀 😀 More is more when it comes to glamping…lol (in my opinion, that is!)
And I am going to share how I did it too:
I pulled out my selection of Tilda fabrics, to make my picks. I ended up picking 12 different fat quarters, so I needed to fit as many flags as possible per fat quarter. Therefore my template was adjusted to a size that will give 5 flags per fat quarter (5×12=60).
If you go with my idea, each quarter will give you 5 more flags in a different pattern, meaning you’d probably want at least 3 different quarters, (which will give 15 flags). I made my template of thin cardboard (cereal box) for it to be easy to work with.
This file has been designed by me, and is as such free for your personal use! Find your high quality copy in the download folder, enjoy 🙂
I ironed my fabrics first to remove any creases, then folded my fat quarter in half (right sides facing each other) and actually ironed the fold for a sharp crease. I then used my roller cutter, a metal ruler and a cutting mat to cut out both pieces of the flag at once.
The fifth flag of each fat quarter will be the two leftover pieces along the crease!
I then sewed the sides of the flags together inside out, using a straight stitch and 1/4″ seem allowance. I snipped most excess fabric off the tip, to allow for a nicer point.
I turned my flags right side out and pressed the point out with a skewer. I used the side of my iron to press the seams flat, by laying each flag on my ironing board as depicted below.
I then ironed all flags flat and cut off any loose threads.
I was not happy with the bias tape I had on hand. The offwhite was too… yellow, and the red was too bright. At this point I therefore ran down to the store to buy some new bias tape…. but I came back empty handed! In my opinion that stuff is waaay to expensive, I’ll have to keep my eyes open for it when there’s sales…:-O
I had just the perfect red ticking striped Tilda fabric myself, so I decided to make my own bias tape 😀
I used the instructions found HERE to create continuous bias tape with my fabric, and had to repeat this procedure twice to get my 15m of bias tape 😀
Above is a picture of the offset twisted fabric when I was ready to start sewing it.
I sewed my flags onto the tape with zig-zag stitches, and spaced them approximately 7cm apart.
30 flags in a row
I considered embellishing my flags, but I chose not to, at least not for now. They can be seen as little “blank slates” for embellishing little by little, like I did with 3 of the flags, some French clips and thrifted little rose embroideries
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