Q&A with Modern Yardage + Giveaway!

Have you heard about Modern Yardage, a new fabric design, manufacturing and retail company? Owner April Cobb and her team have just launched the business in March, printing fabric on-demand from their offices in Utah.

Modern Yardage offers designs from new and untapped talents who are professional designers. What is also fun about this new company is that the fabrics are based on 44″ designs, but they are printed on 58″ wide fabric, so the additional space in the margin is filled with fun extras!

I was excited to chat more with April about her launch of this creative business including the biggest challenges and what she hopes for the future. Read on, and be sure to enter the giveaway if you’d like to try out Modern Yardage fabric for yourself!

April, what is your background in, career-wise, and how did you become interested in modern fabric and sewing?

I have an advertising/marketing background. I worked in large ad agencies in New York City and Washington DC then after receiving my MBA, I worked in marketing and communications for the Intel Corporation. But I have been sewing seriously since High School (sort of freakishly, actually) and have always loved it. I spent hours as a teenager making my own prom dresses, bathrobes, and costumes. When I started staying home with my kids, I started a little business where I made tote bags and sold them at craft fairs and farmers markets. One day I walked into Pine Needles, a little modern quilting shop in the Salt Lake City area, and my life changed. I fell in love with modern quilting fabric. I hadn’t seen it before that moment. My bags became more beautiful because of this great find. This led to my designing a perfect, comfortable headband called the Macy Jayne Reversible Headband. From the beginning I used beautiful modern quilting fabrics as part of the design and people just wouldn’t stop asking where I got my fabric. The headbands became so popular and sold so well that I was going through fabric like crazy. I started looking into getting fabric wholesale, which got me more involved in the industry. Before long I was designing sewing patterns with Joel Dewberry and then started licensing my sewing patterns to Riley Blake.

Can you tell me about when the idea for Modern Yardage first started simmering? How did you create your plan of attack?

Through being a part of the industry and learning a lot from our friends and experiences in the industry, my husband and I became aware of the shortcomings of the fabric world. We recognized that there is an enormous lag time of 6 months to 1 year before fabric gets from the designer’s completed product to the arrival of the actual printed bolts of fabric into fabric stores in the US. This makes for a lot of speculation on trends. We recognized how from a fabric line, there are winner prints and there are loser prints. No one knows for certain which will sell and which won’t. So there are often too many bolts that get discounted and the designers, design companies, and the retailers lose money. Then the designs that do very well are in short supply and sewists and crafters can’t get them when they need them. Retailers miss out on the opportunity to sell those designs when they can’t get enough of them in time. Additionally, there are so many talented designers who don’t get the opportunity to get their designs on fabric. Traditional design companies cannot afford to give as many talented designers as they would like, the opportunity to work with them because their financial risk is too high and they often don’t even have warehouse space to house anymore lines of fabric.

My husband, Jay, and I were aware of the capabilities of digital textile printing and had learned a few things about it. I am not exactly sure how all of this came together into one brilliant thought. I only know that one morning, less than a year ago, Jay walked down the stairs and said, “I know what we need to do.” This is when he told me about his inspiration and his plan. I knew immediately that his idea of printing modern designs onto fabric, on-demand, had to be the way of the future. We leaped into bringing our vision into reality immediately and just 5 months later, was live on the web. We have added to his original vision and have innovated to showcase our technology and unique use of our tools. It has all come together extraordinarily well.

We scouted out talented designers, created a vision for the branding of our company, built a website, ordered and built equipment, then rented a space for Modern Yardage to call home.

What were the practical barriers that you had to overcome in order to start your business?

We were fortunate enough to have enough money to start our business so that we didn’t have to share equity and could keep full control of our company. We have had some challenges in staffing. The roles we needed filled from the beginning were few, but it was critical that we found people who could contribute to our vision and carry it out effectively. In the end, we have taken on more ourselves than we should because it is too early and formative of a time to put others in the position to create the path to fulfilling our vision.

When we approached our first 5 designers, we had a resounding YES! from each of them. We felt very blessed to happen upon such a great group of people who believed in our vision, supported our efforts, and had patience with us. Cindy Lindgren, Heather Dutton, Emilie Daly, Dana Morgan, and Katie Schrader all had enough faith in our big idea to sign an exclusive fabric contract with us before we even had a logo or equipment. None of them had ever even met us in person. They just recognized early on that what we were doing had to be the way of the future and provided a great opportunity for them to be pioneers with us. As far as legal issues go, we approach legalities very seriously because Jay is an attorney as well as an MBA. He is able to work brilliantly with licensees to make agreements that are beneficial to them as well as to Modern Yardage.

The technology has been challenging. It took us and our operations manager a while to get the hang of it all. We are still learning all of the time and have certainly had moments of frustration and have even shed a few tears. At this point we have the operations well under control and we are now focusing on leveraging our technology to bring some new, never-before-seen innovations to the fabric world.

What does your typical day or week look like? How do you find a balance?

Oh dear! I don’t know how I pull it off sometimes. I get up early and get my kids off to school then go to work. I answer countless emails from hopeful designers, fulfill requests from our current designers, and I answer questions from customers. I work on strategy with staff concerning marketing and operations and manage priorities and schedules. There is always work to do on our website and products to add. Fortunately we now have a great team at Modern Yardage that works well together. The commitment of everyone and support that I get from operations and marketing keeps me going. I leave to pick up my kids from school in the afternoon and then take time off until they are all in bed. Then I stay up too late tying up details and writing more emails.

I still have piles of laundry to fold each week that often don’t get folded and soccer practices and swimming lessons to go to with my kids. I have to figure out what to make for dinner each night and try to get my kids to where they need to be on time. I am like all working moms, but since I am in charge, I can create my own flexibility. I never want my children to feel like I am not paying attention or that they aren’t important to me so I have to keep things as separate as possible. Jay and I really enjoy working together and talking about Modern Yardage and our goals for the business. Like our children, our business also brings us closer because it is also our baby. I don’t have great balance in my life, but I am not sure I ever will. I just make the best of things, set my priorities and keep a positive attitude. Somehow things usually work out.

What is your vision for Modern Yardage, and how does this tie in with what you believe is the future of the textiles business?

Our vision for Modern Yardage extends far beyond where it is now. We think that what we offer now is great, but we do have some tricks up our sleeve. Over the next year, new features will be added to our site that will allow more customization. These options will blow the minds of our customers. In a few years, we plan to expand in a way that will entirely change the way that people buy fabric. We are building strategic alliances so that our fabric becomes more readily available. Jay’s main responsibility is implementing our strategic plan, which includes building key alliances and managing critical research and development both with our equipment and our user interface. We think that before long, as technology improves and becomes more affordable, digital textile printing will take over. The old fashion way of screen printing fabric and importing it from overseas will be obsolete and the possibilities will be endless in textile design. Imaginations will soar and the industry will never look back.


Modern Yardage is giving you the chance to win 2 yards of fabric of your choice! To enter to win, fill out the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Winners! Spring Into May Giveaway

It’s time to announce the winners of the Spring Into May Giveaway. We hope you had fun discovering some new crafty sites to follow, as well as get some inspiration for your sewing stash!

And the Winner is . . .

Debra L.
(5/3/2013 15:25:11)


And the Winner is . . .

Abbe C. (5/4/2013 9:07:06)

And the Winner is . . .

Deborah H. (5/8/2013 7:50:04)


And the Winner is . . .

Linda M. (5/3/2013 14:28:1)


And the Winner is . . .

Mary S. (5/4/2013 23:38:27)


And the Winners are . . .

DeAnna C. (5/3/2013 12:17:55)
(Deanna, the e-mail address you listed isn’t working, please contact me at marij4 (at) gmail (dot) com by Monday afternoon to claim your prize!)

DeAnna C. was replaced with Diane H.
Jeanne B. (5/3/2013 10:27:20)
Moe W. (5/10/2013 17:01:18)
Cheryl G. (5/6/2013 22:29:55)
Diane H. (5/6/2013 11:07:58)
Rebekah B. (5/7/2013 18:41:08)
Debra A. (5/9/2013 15:27:08)
Sarah H. (5/3/2013 13:46:19)
Judy H. (5/6/2013 21:12:25)
Edith H. (5/3/2013 18:52:10)


The winners have all been contacted and all prizes have been claimed! A huge thanks to all of the great companies and bloggers that made this possible! Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Win a Janome Sewing Machine, Fabric, Thread + More!

With the arrival of spring and Mother’s Day just around the corner, we want to help you celebrate with a big crafty giveaway. Enter the Spring Into May Giveaway for your chance to win one of six HUGE prize packs. The total of all prizes is valued at more than $2,200!

Janome Magnolia 7325 Sewing MachineJo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Fat Quarter ShopSew SweetnessAurifilPellon

Coats + ClarkSewCanShe.comAndover Fabrics

Go To PatternsFreeSpirit FabricAurifilImagine Gnats

Sew South (Sewing Swag) • Kindle Fire (Blogger-sponsored prize)



To enter the giveaway, simply “Like” all of the Facebook pages below, and fill out the Google form letting us know you did. We know you will love them just as much as we do!

Make sure you only enter ONCE, because this form is shared on all of the participating sites. Duplicate entries will be deleted, and giveaway ends Friday, May 10th. Good luck!

Giveaway now closed. Winners announced in separate post.

No purchase necessary. For alternate entry, e-mail lindsay(at)craftbuds(dot)com with your full name and the subject line “May Giveaway Contest.” The sponsors will ship all prizes within 7 days of the end of the giveaway. Giveaway ends Friday, May 10th at midnight EST. Once the giveaway ends, winners will be chosen using and contacted within 24 hours by e-mail. This main contest post at will be updated with winners’ names once we’ve heard back from them. Winners will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. International entries are welcome; Some giveaways open worldwide.

Go enter more Giveaways at Sew, Mama, Sew!

Take a Free Craftsy Mini Course

Did you know that Craftsy offers free video courses? By registering for a free mini course, you can check out the Craftsy learning platform including video lessons that you can watch anytime, anywhere.

I thought it would be fun to share about some of the recent free Craftsy classes I took myself. Here’s my quick review of each one:

1. Creative Quilt Backs: I’ve only started to experiment with making pieced quilt backs. My husband doesn’t really “get it.” He always suggests that my patchwork quilt backs are weird, and that I should always use a solid piece of fabric. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to find a fabric cut large enough for my quilt back, particularly if I’m making something larger than a crib-size quilt.

Elizabeth Hartman to the rescue! In this mini class, you’ll learn how to create really cute and interesting quilt backs that tie in elements from the front of your quilt and extend the width of your backing fabric when necessary. I love Elizabeth’s work and it’s fun to get to hear her passion for modern piecing in her video course.

2. QuiltCon Lecture Series 2013: I was so lucky to be able to attend QuiltCon in Austin this February. Even still, I missed some of the lectures I really wanted to attend, because I was either exhausted from the trip or just got caught up in the exhibit hall looking at pretty quilts.

I am so, so glad that Craftsy offered a free video series of selected QuiltCon lectures. While I got to see Amy and David Butler’s inspiring talks in person, I missed out on many others. I actually watched the lectures from Heather Jones, Angela Walters, Jacquie Gering, and Mary Fons via the handy Craftsy iPhone app, because I didn’t have anything good to read before bed. Wow! I cannot tell you how inspired I was from their stories. If you are interested in quilting, you will not regret checking out this series!

The next 2 free Craftsy mini-courses I’m going to take are:

1. Sewing Machine 911: Give your sewing machine some TLC with the help of this free course. Learn to clean and maintain your sewing machine with tips and tricks taught in this class.

2. Modern Buttercream: Learn to use buttercream like a pro! Discover the tricks and tips to construct and create a beautifully finished buttercream cake.

Have you tried any of the Craftsy free mini-courses? What did you think?

New Patterns from Emmaline Bags + Giveaway!

Have you heard of Emmaline Bags? If not, you are in for a treat! Janelle is the very talented designer behind Emmaline Bags.

I first met Janelle when she entered and won a fabric giveaway right here at Craft Buds. She and I e-mailed back and forth because she was moving across the globe, so she told me I could either wait until after the move, or mail it to her relatives. I waited, which was a mistake, because I almost forgot to mail her fabric!

You can follow Janelle’s blog or connect with her on Facebook to get the latest news on her bag patterns. But I’m happy to share two of her newest sewing patterns with you here today:

The Boyd St. Bowling Bag

My friend Veronica recently pattern tested a version of Janelle’s new pattern, the Boyd St. Bowling Bag. Here’s her version–isn’t it gorgeous?

I love how roomy this bag is, and the look of the leather handles against a bright and summer print. Here’s another version that would be perfect for carrying all your belongings in style.

The Necessary Clutch Wallet Pattern

Another one of Janelle’s new patterns is The Necessary Clutch Wallet. I love the pretty lines and metal turn lock clasp on the wallet front! Inside, there’s plenty of room for your credit cards, cash and more. If you check out her blog, you’ll find some great step-by-step tutorials showing how to add a wrist or purse strap to the clutch, how to print PDF patterns, and more!


One lucky reader will win a generous prize package (a $42 value) from Emmaline Bags!

Boyd St. Bowling Bag ePattern + 1 Hardware Kit (pictured)
The Necessary Clutch Wallet ePattern + 1 Turn Lock Clasp
– a $10 Store credit to Emmaline Bags

Giveaway from Emmaline Bags!

To enter to win, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below:

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The PDF patterns giveaway is open worldwide, but the winner must have a U.S. and Canada mailing address to also win the hardware. Good luck!

Square in Square Quilt Block (Paper Piecing Tutorial)

I recently made a quilt block for my do. Good Stitches charity bee, and I had so much fun making this block. So, I decided to take photos and put together a square in square quilt block tutorial!

Tutorial for a Square in Square quilt block (paper pieced)

This is a paper-pieced (foundation pieced) quilt block pattern that works great with all kinds of fabrics. You can use these blocks to make a pretty paper-pieced pillow, a whole quilt or just make one block to practice your paper piecing.


This is a pillow made using the same square in square block pattern, made by Tamiko of Patchwork Notes! She has put together a free paper-piecing pattern for this block, which you can download here.

Foundation Piecing Tips

Here are a few things to remember when sewing foundation-pieced blocks:

  1. Print out your foundation pattern once for each block you’d like to make. For the 8 blocks pictured, I printed off 8 sheets! I used regular computer paper.
  2. Shorten your stitch length to 1 or 1.3. This will allow you to tear off the paper easily when you’re done sewing.
  3. Place your fabric on the non-printed side of the paper. The pretty side of the fabric should face out toward you.
  4. When sewing a foundation pieced quilt block, always sew directly through the paper on the printed side of the paper. The fabric will be underneath the paper as you stitch, so use a glue stick and/or pins to hold it in place.
  5. For another little primer on how foundation piecing works, you can visit my New York Beauty block tutorial! Once you get used to placing fabric on one side of the paper and sewing the other, you should have no problem with this technique.

Square in Square Block Tutorial

Pattern makes a 6″ finished (6.5″ unfinished) block. Download the free template and print one copy for each block you’d like to make.

For each block, cut the following:
– 1 square 3.5″ x 3.5″ for center
– 2 squares 3.5″ x 3.5″ for center ring. Cut squares in half once diagonally to make 4 triangles total.
– 2 squares 4.5″ x 4.5″ for outer ring. Cut squares in half once diagonally to make 4 triangles total.

Here are two of my printed templates, side by side:

1. To make 1 block, take the 3.5″ x 3.5″ fabric for your center square. Place it on the wrong side of your paper, so the edges overlap the edges of the center box on your printout. You can hold up your paper to the window to see the lines. Use a glue stick to dab just a dot of glue to hold the fabric in place.

2. Next, take two of your triangles (cut diagonally from the smaller 3.5″ squares), and place them right side down on the fabric square as pictured. Align the long straight edges of your triangles with the top and bottom of the square. Center and pin in place. (The photo to the right shows what it will look like after stitching.)

3. Flip the paper and take it to your sewing machine so the printout is facing up at you. Peek under your paper to make sure the fabric has not shifted, and stitch the two lines where you’ve pinned the wide end of your triangles. Backstitch at end edge.

4. Open up the triangles you’ve just sewn and press. Repeat by pinning the long edge of two triangles to the opposite sides, taking the paper to your sewing machine, and stitching along the left and right sides of your center square.

5. Here’s what the triangles will look like stitched. Again, fold the triangles open and press with your iron.

6. Next, it’s time to trim! Take the block to your cutting mat. With the printed side of the paper facing up, fold along one of the diamond edges (diagonal lines) as pictured.

7. Fold the paper corner completely down, so you see the edges of fabric poking out. Lay your ruler on top of the paper, and measure out 1/4″ from the edge of the paper. Trim the fabric that pokes out past a 1/4″ seam.

8. Unfold the paper corner, and repeat with the other 3 corners to trim each of the edges.

9. Here is what the block looks like trimmed. So pretty!

10. Since I was making 8 blocks, I went ahead and assembled the centers and first row of triangles up to this point. You can see that I left the papers full-size, but you may wish to trim yours at this point or before getting started! Just be sure to leave on the outer printed border, which is the seam allowance.

11. To make the outer border, take two of the triangles cut diagonally from your 4.5″ squares. Pin the long edges of each triangle along the top and bottom of your patchwork square (pictured, left). Stitch in place along the printed lines. Press the triangles open.

12. Take your final two triangles, and pin the long edges along the left and right sides of your patchwork square (pictured, right).

13. Stitch in place. For this entire step, you will be stitching around the lines of the diamond (the second shape from the center), as pictured.

14. Press the entire block. Get excited, because you are almost done!

15. Flip the block over, so the paper side is facing you. Trim along the edges of the paper, again leaving the 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around the edge.

16. Flip over the paper and admire your pretty square in square quilt block!

17. When you are joining your blocks, it’s helpful to leave the paper on. I know… it seems funny. But it makes it very easy to get an accurate seam allowance and line up all the points.

18. All of your previous seams will naturally be pressed to the sides. For the seams between each block, I like to press the seams open.

do. Good Stitches {imagine} April for Toni

I can’t wait to see the quilt that Toni makes from these charity blocks! If you make any blocks based on this or any of our tutorials, we’d love to see them! Please add them to the Craft Buds Flickr group or share a link in the comments.

Have you tried foundation piecing or another type of paper piecing before? What’s your favorite method (or tools and tricks) of paper piecing?

Charity Quilters Needed: Sari Bari Quilt Auction

Have you heard of Sari Bari? It’s a wonderful organization that helps women in India find a safe employment to keep them protected from the very real threat of human trafficking. I was first introduced to Sari Bari when my roommate Sally gave me a beautiful jute tote bag, embellished with a recycled sari, the traditional clothing worn by women in India.

Sari Bari is preparing for their annual quilt auction fundraiser, and they need your help to raise $60,000 for this awesome organization! You can volunteer to make a quilt from saris (materials provided) to be auctioned off this November 2013.

“We are excited for the opportunity, through quilting, to connect both the materials and the stories of Sari Bari with your own stories and passions as quilt artisans,” says Sarah Lance, the auction organizer. “This year Sari Bari will produce 10 large quilts and we hope to have 10-20 more quilts from gifted quilters like you! In addition to the auction, we hope to hold a quilt raffle as well.”

You can see all of last year’s auctions quilts here.

If you’d like to make a quilt from new or recycled saris (materials provided to you) to donate for the auction 3rd annual Sari Bari Quilt Auction, e-mail Sarah at

You can also consider supporting this organization by shopping their home decor, baby items and accessories, all made from saris!

Giveaway! Fabric, Thread + More

Would you like to win this gorgeous bundle of Michael Miller Gingham fat quarters from Westwood Acres?

How about a this amazing little set of jewelry tools from Whimseybox?

You can also win a Storybook Set of Coats and Clark thread!

One lucky winner will win all three of these prizes! But hurry, because you only have until Monday, April 1st! Repin the following pins and fill out the form below to enter:

1. Click on the Scissors picture and repin

2. Click on the Mustache picture and repin

3. Click on the Owl S’mores picture and repin

4. Click on the Picnic Blanket picture and repin

5. Follow CraftFoxes on Pinterest


Giveaway now closed. Congrats to #228, Nancy B.!

Rules: Giveaway will end on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm (EST). One random winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S or Canada. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the form above including name, e-mail and pinning. One entry for filling in the form. For an alternate entry, please e-mail lindsay(at)craftbuds(dot)com and write “Pin It Giveaway” in the subject line. You are providing the information to the bloggers who will in no way sell or give your information to anyone including Facebook or Pinterest. Winner will be chosen using and will be notified via e-mail within 48 hours of the giveaway close. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

Sew Sweetness Patterns + Giveaway!

Some of you might remember last summer, when we told you about Sara Lawson (a.k.a. Sew Sweetness) and her Kickstarter campaign to help launch her sewing patterns business. Many of you supported her by pre-ordering sewing patterns, and others may have seen her bag sewing patterns popping up everywhere in 2013!

Velocity Girl Bag

I’ve halfway lost track, but I know that she’s put out a new pattern every week for about 9 weeks or so. Amazing! I decided to make myself a new everyday bag, since my old was has been in use for at least 4 years, pretty much non-stop.

Velocity Girl Bag

I chose to make Sara’s Velocity Girl Bag pattern, because I liked the size and shape of it, and it has plenty of pockets to keep all my odds and ends.

Velocity Girl Bag

I ordered some Melody Miller fabric (Ruby Star Sparkle / Ruby Stories Skate-A-Thon) and interfacing from Sew, Mama, Sew! and go to work. This pattern, like all of Sara’s bag patterns, has step-by-step photos, so it is super easy to follow. I installed a metal purse slider and a zippered pocked, both for the first time, and had no problems along the way!

Velocity Girl Bag

Can I tell you how often I lose my cell phone in my purse? I can’t believe how long it sometimes takes me to find my phone, even when I know it is in my purse and I can hear it vibrating. I adore these side pockets on the outer purse, which are the perfect size for my phone. Now, I only have to look two places to find it!

Velocity Girl Bag

I did make a couple of simple modifications to the pattern. I decided to add metal rings and strap extenders on both sides of the purse instead of just one. That’s the way my old purse was, so I figured I would be used to it already! I also added a piece of yarn as “cording” in order to make piping for the tops of the outer pockets. I don’t think this made a huge difference versus the  flat piping called for in the pattern, but I do think it helped my fabric strip keep its shape a little bit more, since I used a thinner cotton for the piping.

You can find the Velocity Girl Bag and many other patterns–including a camera bag, a travel bag, a paper-pieced clutch and more–in the Sew Sweetness Pattern Shop! All PDF patterns are available for immediate download, so there’s no waiting or wasted paper. You only need to print off what you will use, which was just one page, in my case!



Sara is generously giving one lucky winner a complete set of 9 sewing patterns from Sew Sweetness!

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win. Good luck!

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Make a Bunting from Charm Squares

how to make a bunting from fabric squares

What do you do with your extra fabric squares? Nearly a year ago, I collected these fabric charm squares from a couple of swaps on Craft Buds, and I still hadn’t used them. I need a quick and easy sewing project to come to my rescue!

Learn how to cut your own charm squares

To make this bunting, you’ll need:

– 17 fabric charm squares, 5″ x 5″ (I used repeats of each of 9 prints, and used all but 1)
– One 3-yard package of bias tape or quilt binding (I used Wright’s extra wide double fold)
– Pinking shears or a pinking rotary blade
– Sewing pins, thread and sewing machine

First, mark one of of the charm squares by folding it down the center line. Fold from the bottom of that center line to each corner, and press the fold with your fingernail to mark.

If you have a rotary cutter, you may want to purchase a pinking rotary blade. Otherwise, a pair of pinking shears works great. Aside from making your bunting flags very cute, these pinked edges will keep the fabric from fraying!

how to make bunting flags

Cut along the diagonal lines you marked to make a triangle. I stacked and cut through two charm squares at a time to save time.

To cut the rest of your triangles, simply fold the charm squares as described above, or use a previous bunting flag and trace the edges with your fingernail. Remove the top flag and cut along the marked line.

Arrange your bunting flags in the order you’d like.

Open up the bias tape and insert the non-pinked edge of your triangle flags into the fold. Pin each flag in place, leaving a 1/2″ to 1″ gap between each one. I left a few inches of the bias tape empty on each end, for hanging.

Once the flags are trapped inside of the binding, head to your sewing machine. You can sew the bias tape together with a straight stitch or a wide zig-zag stitch, like I used.

how to sew a bunting

Continue to stitch the bunting closed, sewing in the flags while you remove the pins.

how to make a fabric bunting

Ta-da! Admire your festive fabric bunting!


– If you don’t like the look of pinked edges, cut the triangles with straight edges, and sew two triangles together on the long sides, with the right sides of each fabric facing. Turn the flags right side out and press. Finish the bunting by placing the raw edges inside the bias tape and sewing shut.

– If you prefer, skip the triangles and just make a bunting from the 5″ x 5″ charm squares. With the right sides facing, stitch together a pair of charm squares on three sides. Turn right side out and press. Placing the raw edges inside the bias tape and sew the bunting shut.

how to make a charm square bunting

I hope you enjoyed this super-easy charm squares tutorial! This is a great sewing project for beginners or for teaching kids to sew.

Charm Madness at Sew Lux Fabric

The Charm Madness Blog Hop Participants & Schedule

Tuesday 3/19 – Jennie at Clover & Violet
Wednesday, 3/20 – Jess at Sew Crafty Jess
Thursday, 3/21 – Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap
Friday, 3/22 – Jenelle at Echinops &Aster
Sunday, 3/24 – Week 1 Giveaway Post @ Sew Lux

Tuesday, 3/26 – Lori at Lori H Designs
Wednesday, 3/27 – Kelsey at Kelsey Sews
Thursday, 3/28 – Lindsay at Craft Buds
Friday – 3/29 – Jennifer at That Girl, ThatQuilt
Saturday, 3/30 – Stacey at The Tilted Quilt
Sunday, 3/31 – Week 2 Giveaway Post @ Sew Lux

Monday, 4/1 – Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts
Tuesday, 4/2 – Wendi at prsd4tim2
Wednesday, 4/3 – Elizabeth at Don’t Call Me Betsy
Thursday, 4/4 – Ginny at Fish Creek Studio
Saturday, 4/6 – Leona at Leona’s Quilting Adventure
Sunday, 4/7 – Week 3 Giveaway Post @ Sew Lux

Three Ways to Win Prizes

1) Enter the three weekly giveaway drawings on Sundays during the blog hop here at the Sew Lux blog.
2) Link up your own charm project at Sew Lux –  Linky post will be open for entries between 3/23 – 4/6.
3) Enter the Grand Prize Winner Giveaway by counting the total number of charms used in all the blog hop tutorials.  Complete the entry form on 4/7 or 4/8.

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