Over the weekend, my hubby and I hosted an “Autumn Flavors” party with a few friends (see the invitation here). I will be back later in the week with more details, but today I want to share with you these incredibly simple, and very festive party flags that I made to help turn our backyard from blah and boring to party-central.
Step 1: Choose your fabric.
You can use prints or solids; one color or twenty; themed for a kids birthday party or a holiday shin-dig. The options are limitless! I found my four fabrics from my mom’s sewing stash and went for a combination that felt warm and rustic.
Step 2: Whip out your pinking shears.
This step is essential to your sanity. If you do not have pinking shears, go to your local fabric store and buy some right now. These little wonders make it so that you can cut out a piece of fabric, never have to hem it, and it will never come unraveled along the edges (plus it has that cute little zig zag pattern). Since I made such a long string of flags, the thought of skipping hemming was tremendously attractive. For my template, I simply took a letter size piece of paper and folded it in half, then sketched half a triangle and cut it out with my pinking shears. This served as my pattern. Truth be told, I wasn’t extremely picky or precise with my cutting. I’m a big-picture person, so I didn’t sweat the tiny details to make my flags perfect.
Step 3: Find some twine and start sewing.
I used twine to string my flags together, and it was a cheap, easy option. I suppose you could use rope or even ribbon if you’d like. Once you have all your flags cut and your twine (or string) in place, lay out the piles of your flags in a pleasing arrangement. Carefully take your first flag and fold it over the twine, then begin sewing. This is the part where I would recommend using a sewing machine (which will make the entire process soooo much faster), but for a more “charming and rustic” look (or if your sewing machine breaks five flags into the project–like mine did) consider hand sewing. It isn’t quite as bad as it sounds, and actually goes quite quickly if you use a loose, somewhat careless stitch (and watch several episode of 24 while you sew–like I did). After you sew your first flag, lay the second flag next to it, and overlap the edges just a bit, then sew through both overlapping flags. This will hold your flags in place.
Step 4: String your flags up, and let the party begin!
Be sure to leave a bit of twine on both ends so that you can hook your flags around a nail (or tie them around a tree or post). Once your party flags are complete, find the perfect place to hang them, and stand back to admire the instant dose of “celebration!” that these add to any room, porch or patio.
If you have any specific questions on this project feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email at bethany(at)emmylu(dot)com!