Make your own Backyard Barbecue Fourth of July Bunting!
This Fourth of July add a stylish, handmade touch to your barbeque. This bunting I made, just in time for our annual cookout, plays on the red/white/blue color scheme while mixing some of my favorite fabrics, adding an element of class to my backyard bash.
The bunting also has the added benefit of being weather proof and reusable. I plan on showing it off at the rest of my summer get-togethers and then hanging it in our playroom. For $11, this project is well worth the effort.
- Variety of Coordinating Fabrics (1/2 yard each)
- ½-inch Double Fold Binding Tape
- Sewing Machine
- Fabric Weight
- Straight Pins
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Sewing Scissors
- Template from whitneysews.com
Cost: $11 (I had some materials at home already, like the straight pins and thread.)
Time Spent:About 1 ½ hours
1. Download and cut out the flag template from whitneysews.com.
2. Fold your fabric so the right sides are facing each other, and place the template on the fabric, securing it with straight pins or a fabric weight. (My fabric weight is a cute, googly-eyed sock squishy from Zoklings on Etsy.) Make sure the edge of the template marked “fold” is along the fold of the fabric. I cut out six flag pieces per 1/2-yard of fabric, but you might be able to cut more if you’re tighter on your spacing.
3. After you’ve cut out all of the flag pieces, use your sewing machine to sew along the longest edge of the flag, allowing for a ¼” seam allowance. What’s great about this project is that each flag requires only one seam, and that seam will run along the back of the flag, so you won’t even see it on the final banner once it is displayed.
4. At the tip of the flag, cut close to the point, so when you turn the flag right side out, the tip will be sharp.
5. Once you have all your flag pieces, turn them right side out. Use a pencil to point out the tip of the flag. Iron each flag piece flat so that the seam runs along the back side of the flag. Cut any extra fabric along the top, so the top is even.
6. Unroll your binding, and iron it flat. The binding I purchased came in a 9’ roll, so to make things easier, I made the banner 9’ long. Each flag piece is about 7” along the top, so I left six inches on either end of the banner and placed 1 inch in between each flag piece.
7. After measuring the spacing for the banner, place your flag pieces in the double fold binding (mine is blue to match my red/white/blue color scheme), and secure each with two straight pins.
8. Then, sew along the binding, allowing a ¼” seam allowance and removing your straight pins along the way. You can iron your bunting again if it’s wrinkly, and voila! You’re done!
I put my bunting on the patio and attached it using thumbtacks. I love this project because it’s simple and reusable. Out of all my 4th of July Party Ideas, I love the ones with a sweet handmade touch. Plus, I’ll be able to use this bunting for future parties and in the kids’ room as decoration.