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« on: September 19, 2018 02:51:55 PM »

I've been on a kick making these super easy,no-sew garlands!



Now, you can definitely make fancier versions that are sewn and each flag is double sided, etc etc. But this is a quick and dirty version, and I've actually found them to hold up really well!

Here's what you need:

--Assorted fabrics (quilting cottons work fine, linen, canvas, and home dec fabrics are even better!)
--Template plastic or cardboard
--Pen, ruler, paper scissors
--Twine
--Glue gun with plenty of glue for it
--Pinking shears or crinkle cutter blade for rotary cutter

First you need to make a template. I used some comic book boards but any cardboard or template plastic will work. Decide on how large you want your triangles. I started with a 6.5 inch base and cut off the excess to make it easier (so I had a 6.5 x 10 piece).  Draw a line down the exact middle from top to bottom. Draw a mark how far down you want, I did 8.5 inches (this will be the height). Now from this mark draw a line up to the right corner and a line up to the left corner.



Cut a strip of fabric as big as the height of your template. In my case this was 8.5 inches. If your fabric is directional, pay attention to that! (I recommend using the shears/crinkle cutter for the top and bottom of this strip to save time later!)

Using the template you just made and a ruler, go ahead and either:

A.) Trace your template onto fabric with a pen or pencil and cut out with your pinking shears
B.) Using the ruler (so you don't cut into your template), carefully cut out with a pinking/crinkle blade in your rotary cutter. If you're making very many of these, I'd recommend this method!

Now, still using the shears or crinkle cutter, cut a tiny triangle about a half inch out of the top left and right of each fabric piece. If you don't do this you'll have weird looking dog ears sticking out later on after we fold the top over the twine. Now your triangles should be kind of diamond shape.



Now it's glue time!  Put a flag down on your work space, right side down. We will be putting our glue on the wrong side of the fabric. Unravel some twine, about 12-15 inches. Put a thin line of glue across the top of the flag from point to point (about a half inch down, right where you cut the edge of the notches/triangles). Press the twine onto the line of glue (carefully, try not to burn your fingers too much.)



Now run another thin line of glue right underneath where you've glued the twine. Immediately fold the top of the fabric over and press into the glue, again trying not to burn your fingers.





For the size I made, I decided 3 inches of twine looked nice in between each flag. I kept a small ruler above where I was working so I could measure easily. Stretch out the twine 3 inches and get your next flag ready. Repeat until you have as many flags as you like. Leave another 12-15 inches of and twine cut the end.

If you're not sure how long you'd like it to be, before cutting the twine take it to the space you'd like to hang it in and see how it looks. My mantle is about 62 inches across and I decided 7 flags is a good amount when I make them 6.5 x 8.5 inches. @kittykill's mantle is a whopping 76 inches so I made hers with 10 flags.  If you make a different size of flags, have a different size mantle, change the size of spacing between flags, or want it to hang higher or lower you'll want to adjust.



Here's an Autumn one I made last year!



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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2018 04:56:01 PM »

Very cherry!
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2018 06:35:25 PM »

Makes me want to decorate!
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2018 08:38:52 PM »

Fun!
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2018 05:45:45 AM »

well I fell like a fool, your tutorial is great!  I didn't want to have to hem a bajillion little triangles but now I think I may dig thru the scraps for my own fall/autumn/halloween-y bunting!
I have a great pair of pinking shears that would leave a beautiful edge
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2018 07:26:17 AM »

Fun! I need giraffe decorations for a party so I will be on the look out for appropriate fabric to do this. Thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2018 08:36:18 AM »

well I fell like a fool, your tutorial is great!  I didn't want to have to hem a bajillion little triangles but now I think I may dig thru the scraps for my own fall/autumn/halloween-y bunting!
I have a great pair of pinking shears that would leave a beautiful edge

Awesome! Yeah this is so great for quick decorations!
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2018 08:39:12 AM »

Super cute! You have the best eye for fabrics and color combos!
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