Completed: Fabric bunting

folded fabric bunting with a child's hand on top

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.

children decorating fabric bunting with fabric markers

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.

8 pieces of fabric decorated with fabric markers

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. 

Emmely sewing and fabric bunting assembly

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. 

elastic loop on the end of fabric 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!

fabric bunting lying on the floor

September 11, 2022

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

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14 Comments

  1. Katinka

    I admired them in person this weekend and they looked very cheerful. My wonderful nieces did a really great job. It is a perfect fit for the width of their living room as well.

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    • Emmely

      Wow! I didn’t know they’re still up!

      Reply
  2. Sanne

    What a great idea and amazing gift!

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    • Emmely

      Thank you!

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  3. Magpie Sue

    What a wonderful gift idea for your father. And a special memory for your children to carry with them. Love it!

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! It was a lot of fun to make.

      Reply
  4. Esther

    That is a great gift! Love them.

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    • Emmely

      Thank you!

      Reply
  5. tierneycreates

    What a special and thoughtful gift! That is so sweet your daughter photographed you in action after you took her photo with her sister making art!

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! I was surprised that some of her pictures actually turned out quite good!

      Reply
  6. Kate Chiconi

    I bet he loves it! The nice thing about bunting is that you can never have too much, and if you put the date on this piece, and make another next year, he’ll have a record of how the girls improved their drawing skills, plus more festive decoration 🇳🇱

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    • Emmely

      According to my sister they have not yet taken it down. I am sure my daughters are also going to love seeing their flags again when they are visiting this weekend. My oldest was a bit sad that we couldn’t keep it!

      Reply
  7. Mariss

    What a brilliant idea and a beautiful gift for a grandfather.

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! The gift was certainly appreciated.

      Reply

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