I wanted to have my Baltimore Halloween quilt done this week, so of course I stalled and worked on something else instead. I picked up a charm pack of a Moda Halloween fabric by Sanae a couple years ago (don’t know the name anymore), and wanted to use it for something and finally decided on a bunting to hang above our fireplace in the living room.
Imagine how warm and toasty it is in front of our fake fireplace!
Here’s a close-up of two of the flags. The letters are fused on, but not stitched around. I figured since this isn’t a “washing” project, I didn’t need to do that extra bit. The two pumpkins and ghost are not appliqued – they were done by sandwiching two pieces right sides together with a layer of batting, stitching around the shape, and turning it right side out. Faces were put on using fusible, but again not stitched.
Here’s the graph paper I used to figure out the layout. I arranged the three charm squares per the layout below: two on top, and one centered on the bottom in 100% scale on the graph paper. I then drew a line from the middle of the bottom square to the 1/4″ inside. Now, I didn’t use this as a template to cut the flags; instead I used it to figure out how big to make the letters. I figured out that the letters should be 4 1/2″ tall for this size flag, which comes out to 8 1/4″ wide and 8 1/2″ tall. I then used Microsoft Powerpoint (the presentation software) to get the letters I needed, and then reversed the image when printing.
So I bet you’re saying to yourself, “There’s no “L” in “BOO”.” And you’re right! Go have a cookie. I wanted this to be multi-purpose, so I made the other side Thanksgiving-themed
The Gobble side does not use charm squares, rather single cuts of the same fabric. Those measurements from above came in handy! In total, this project used 18 charm squares and 1/4 yard of Thanksgiving-y fabric, plus the fabric for the letters.
To join the flags, I matched up the two sides wrong sides together (be careful since you’re pairing the first flag of one with the last flag of the other side, otherwise you’ll get a “BOO” side and a “ELBBOG” side), and stitched along the sides with a 3/8″ seam allowance (I left the tops unstitched since they were sewn shut with the string part). I then used my pinking shears to trim the edges so they wouldn’t ravel (you can see than in the close-up picture above).
To get them on the string, I measured a 67″ length of bias tape, and folded it over so it would encase the tops of the flags. On each end I folded it so it made a loop (this is hung on cuphooks screwed into the shelves under the TV – I am committed!), and started stitching to secure the loop and then across each of the flags to the other end. I went slowly to make sure I was catching both sides of the bias tape and the flags themselves, and then I turned around and went back the other direction about 1/8″ apart from the first line of stitching. Since it’s bias tape I didn’t want it stretching out, hence the double stitching.
I’ve got flags cut out for a Saint Patrick’s bunting, and I’ll pair it with an Easter theme on the other side. I haven’t decided if I’ll use letters on it or not – maybe “Lucky” for the St Paddy’s day side? Not sure about Easter, but I can do yo-yo’s in gold fabric to dress up the shamrocks, and for Easter I can do applique bunnies. I’ll also have a birthday one, but am not sure what to put on the other side – maybe I’ll do a girl birthday side and a boy birthday side.