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!

Variations:

– 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.

Free Pattern Feature: Fabric Flowers

Today, we are excited to have a guest post from Mary Egan of CraftFoxes! Since springtime is coming (but it’s still snowing for some of us!), we thought it was time to post a round-up of free patterns for fabric flowers. Take it away, Mary!

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As you all know (and are, no doubt, eagerly counting down to), spring it on its way! Although climates in the American Midwest and even over in England seem to think more snow is in order, I, for one, believe it’s time for tulips and warm winds. A great way to maybe give Mother Nature a hint about the change in weather is to brighten everyday wardrobes with some fun fabric flower accessories. Luckily, there are plenty of ideas and patterns out there for you to create fabric flowers to pin in your hair or to make into jewelry. These six ideas might give you a head start if you’re looking to add some spring to your wardrobe.

Little girl wearing a headband with a green fabric flower on it

Flower Headband by Carina Gardner

This flower headband from Carina Gardner is absolutely gorgeous and very customizable. As the original post suggests, this flower can be used as a brooch, on a belt, or on a hair clip. But I think the most stunning way to use it is on a headband to inject a bit of spring sassiness into your hair.

Fabric flower made of layers of blue and purple fabric

Fabric Flower Hairpins by eDiva

Here is another adorable hair accessory made from fabric flowers. These flowers are created by cutting circles out of the chiffon fabric of your choice. Simply layer your circles on top of each other with the largest on the bottom of the stack and then sew some beads in the middle to join the fabric together. To create a hairpin, all you need to do is sew on a bobby pin.

A peach colored fabric flower on a bracelet

Fabric Flower Bracelet at Jewel Box Ballerina

The fabric flower affixed to this bracelet is made in pretty much the same way as the one linked above. Simply sew circles of fabric together with a stone or jewel in the middle for embellishment. To create the bracelet half of this craft, wrap some memory wire with a fabric of complementary color and tie a bow at the end. Hot glue your fabric flower to the bow and you have a charming bracelet for springtime!

A ruffly blue fabric flower

Ruffly Flower Tutorial at Craft Buds

Straight from Craft Buds is a great tutorial on how to create a ruffly flower. This flower is made by folding fabric and sewing those layers together to create a ruffly effect in the finished product. These adorable flowers can be attached to pipe cleaner stems for a synthetic bouquet on your kitchen table, or can be made into headbands or brooches as well.

A red fabric flower with a blue gem at the center

Easy Peasy Fabric Flower by Little Kids Grow

This is a super quick and easy way to create a fabric flower if you don’t have much time to be crafty. Use a gathering stitch on a square of fabric and just keep gathering until you’ve created a little puff. Stack several puffs together and press down to sew them at the middle, adding a bead or jewel for decoration. This flower is so simple to make and can be used as a headband, bracelet, or anything else you’d like.

A necklace made of white fabric rosettes

Fabric Rosette Necklace at Pattern Runway

This fabric rosette necklace is a gorgeous homemade piece of jewelry that is sure to get some comments from anyone who sees you wearing it. Fabric rosettes are created by rolling and twisting strips of fabric into a circular shape, eventually creating the appearance of a rosette. Glue your rosettes onto a felt pattern and add ribbons to hang the necklace around your neck. How pretty!

Have you tried your hand at making fabric flowers? If so, what do you use them for?

Easter “My Peeps” Shirt and No Bake Bunny Cookies

If you’re looking for some Easter inspiration, check out these past Craft Buds posts! First up, we’ve got the “Me and My Peeps” shirt with free printable stencil. The stencil includes the chick in the photo below and also a bunny option with a few different sayings. Check out the tutorial here.

 

 

And next are these cute little bunny no bake cookies. Kids and adults both love them! Find the recipe and tutorial here. Happy Easter!

 

 

Introducing the Charm Madness Blog Hop

Are you ready for March Charm Madness?!

Sew Lux Fabrics is hosting a fun blog hop this March with giveaways each Sunday (3/24, 3/31, and 4/7) and a blog hop with fun tutorials to show you how to use your charm packs to make quilts, gifts, home decor and more! There will also be a linky party for you to share your own charm pack projects. Get the scoop on Charm Madness 2013!

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

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

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


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 –  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.

    All entry posts for prizes will be on the Sew Lux blog.


    Charm Madness at Sew Lux Fabric

    Save on Charm Packs!

    Save 10% on all charm packs and mini charm packs now through 3/22 at sewluxfabric.com.  Discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

    Giveaway! ‘Creative Thursday’ Books

    If you need some handmade business inspiration to keep your New Year’s goals in check, you’ll love the book “Creative Thursday” by Marisa Anne. Check out the video trailer for a sneak peek at what’s inside the book, and enter to win one of two copies, courtesy of Fabric Seeds, below!

    creative thursday book trailer from Marisa Anne on Vimeo.

    Giveaway!

    Want to win one of two copies of this great book? Leave a comment on this post telling us about one creative goal you have for yourself, whether that’s to learn a new skill or to improve your current craft. We’ll choose two random winners on Sunday, 3/24.

    Congrats to our winners, Louise and Domenica!

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