Bunting Fabric Flags
Bunting fabric is a type of worsted wool fabric that is popularly used in making ribbons and flags. Unlike woolens, worsteds are known for their durability and heavier thread count. Though worsteds are generally heavier fabrics than most woolen fabrics, bunting fabric is well known for its light weight.
Most people are unaware what bunting fabric is yet it is used in almost all celebrations and holidays. Generically referred to as tammy, bunting fabric has been in use since the 17th Century. The uses of this fabric as earlier mentioned are most notable in celebratory events. For instance, most ribbons and flags are made from bunting fabric. Bunting fabric is also used by the Royal Navy in the manufacture of its signal flags. Among its numerous properties, bunting has one notable property which makes is useful in the manufacture of flags and ribbons: its high glaze. This property which is achieved though the hot-pressing process makes it suitable for manufacturing flags and ribbons.
Bunting fabric flags are great for decorating your child's play room. Not only do they liven up the atmosphere, they also form an engaging craft which can be carried out by the whole family. Care has to be taken though to avoid any injuries on account of the sharp materials that will be used i.e. scissors. Here's a short how-to guide to making your very own bunting fabric flags.
The first thing that you should do when making bunting fabric flags is to choose three color fabrics that you think would go well together. As you will be making triangles, it is important that your selection matches the final pattern. One of the simplest patterns is the alternating red and blue dot pattern made by using the red and blue dot fabric.
Depending on the sizes you would like your flags to be, roughly cut the fabric to get suitably sized fabric strips. Do not fret over messy edges at this point; they will be corrected later on. Proceed to iron the fabric to ensure that it is smooth without any creases. This has to be done such that the cutting and stitching process that follows proceeds smoothly.
The next step would be to make a template for your bunting. Estimate the measurements that you would like, say you want it to be six inches wide and six inches long after all the sewing and trimming has been done. Mark these measurements out on paper and fold it such that the crease connects the corners. Proceed to cut out the template.
The next step involves pinning the bunting fabric onto the template and cutting round the template using pink shears to avoid shearing. You should repeat this process until you have enough flags
Finalize the process by spacing the flags on twill tapes. Fold the shortest edge over and pin it in place. If you do not have twill tape, then you may use bias binding tape. Finish with sewing the flags with a single straight stitch. Be sure to leave space, about 35cm of tape, for hanging.