What gift do you get your father for his birthday? Now that I have two daughters capable of holding a pencil that answer has become a lot easier: I put them to work! This is really a win-win situation. We have an activity to do together, the children are entertained, ánd we end up with a unique gift. In this case fabric bunting with hand decorated flags.
A couple of years ago my oldest daughter and I decorated some fabric flags that we now use for our birthday celebrations. This time I cut some rectangles from white muslin (5.5×7 inches I think) and let both of my children play with fabric markers. At first, they each made 4 flags. When I let them pick fabrics for the back of the flags though, they could not decide on just 8 fabrics. They insisted on making more more flags so they could pick more fabrics. So, I found some more white fabric and they made 6 more.
Fabric bunting assembly
The hand decorated fronts were matched up with a colourful back. I alternated the flags of each child and made sure that the colours on the back were nicely distributed as well. The flags were stitched right sides together at 3 sides, leaving the top open for turning. After pressing I topstitched around the edges of the flags. If the fabric bunting is ever washed, the flags now just need a quick press to make them look great again. My daughter took my phone while I was topstitching and took some pictures of me (and a lot of random stuff in my sewing room). I thought this was fun since I hardly have any pictures of myself sewing.
To make the binding I used a bias tape maker but I cut the fabric on the straight of grain instead of on the bias since it does not need to stretch. Before stitching the flags to the binding, I glued them in place with wonder tape so they wouldn’t shift while stitching. At each end of the binding I added a small elastic loop that can be used to hang the bunting.
On one side I added my fabric label and on the other side I put a small tag listing my daughters’ names and the month the fabric bunting was made in. I think my dad appreciated the gift and I hope it will be used a lot more often to decorate their living room during parties!