Deck the halls with boughs of holly, tra la la la! It feels like it’s been Christmas for months at Plush Towers, our Christmas sales seems to start quite steadily in March for some of you early birds but as I adore Christmas amazingly I’m not sick of it yet. I decided we needed some festive bunting for our next open day so set to work designing some Christmas appliqués and thought it’d be rude not to put together a tutorial.
**Update** I’m delighted that this tutorial was republished in Love Sewing magazine’s November issue. Don’t worry if you missed it, the full tutorial is here but here are the pretty pictures that were published in the magazine
The templates are available from the website for purchase at just £1.99, find them here. If you don’t need the shapes then the tutorial is listed below.
You will need:
2 Co-ordinating cotton fabrics for appliqué
3m of 25mm bias binding
Small pieces of ribbon for the stocking and Christmas bauble shapes
A print out of the Christmas Bunting Applique Templates
Make It Easier With
1) The template pieces I have put together can be downloaded above. If you have a laminator laminate your template pieces as it will make it easier to trace around them. Cut out your template pieces.
2) Cut a 25cm strip of calico, place your flag template on to the calico and mark your flags as shown. Cut along your marked lines to create your flags.
**TIP** Use a pinking blade in your rotary cutter for an attractive rustic finish
4) Iron your Bondaweb shape to the wrong side your fabric and then cut along your drawn outline line.
5) Score the paper of your Bondaweb with a pin and carefully tear off the paper revealing the adhesive.
6) Iron your appliqué pieces on to your fabric flags taking care to place the layers of the appliqué in the correct order from the bottom up if you are layering pieces.
If you are using ribbon for the Christmas ornament or the stocking shapes then ensure you put your ribbon pieces underneath all the shapes
7) Carefully stitch around the edge of your appliqué. Popular choices of stitch are blanket stitch (pictured) zig zag stitch and running stitch but you could use others depending on the look you are after.
8) Decide the look of your finished flags and choose the appropriate next step. Either choose Turn and topstitch (left) or pinked and stitched (right) if you prefer a more rustic finish.
9) For turned & top stitched:
With right sides together stitch your flag with a 5mm seam allowance. Closely trim the point of your flag and turn the right way. Turn, press and top stitch.
For Pinked & stitched:
With wrong sides together stitch your flag with a 5mm seam allowance. You can use any machine stitch that takes your fancy, straight, blanket or try one of those fancy decorative stitches on your machine that hardly ever get used!
10) Iron your bias binding in half which will make stitching it easier.
Place your flags at equal intervals along the bias binding (mine were approx 10cm apart) placing the flags within the fold of the bias binding and pin or use Wonder Clips (which make this part *much* easier) and sew.
You’re done! Drape around, drink some mulled wine and enjoy!