Sometimes, cutting into that fresh yardage of fabric is so rewarding, but at the same time, almost wistfully sad because you know that before long, that print will be gone forever, especially if it is a one of a kind vintage piece. Exciting because of all the possibilities of what it could become, sad because who knows when you will be able to find something so spectacular again? For fabric cuts that aren’t vintage, it simply means that you must now buy more to make more, and so on and so forth. Sometimes it isn’t the fresh cuts of fabric that pull your attention, but the smallest off cuts, the rejects, the leftovers. Sometimes, I relish in the leftover projects. How many things can I make without cutting ANY new fabric?! Answering that question has been my focus this week. This stash busting session has been a little different because this time, the scraps are my own designs and that adds its own special flavor to the projects. So what do you do when you only have small randomly shaped bits, fabric test swatches, off cuts from bedding, and other various leftovers? Flag buntings are such a cute way to dress up a blank wall, and are an affordable gift for a person who may already have everything and need nothing. Not to mention, they are hot photo props, party decorations, and can be reused over and over unlike their paper counterparts. I make a flag roughly 5-6 inches across the top, and 6-8 inches down, depending on the size scraps I have. The best fabric to use for banners like this are fabrics that do not have a direction, because you can use both the triangles, verses a directional print (that is meant to be seen from one way or another), which will have half of your cuts being upside down. In the case of my rhino prints, I saved the upside down flag shaped triangles as scraps for a different project, such as a scrappy mountain quilt that will need lots of triangles of different shapes and sizes. I was able to get roughly 15 banners from a stack of off cut fabrics, each banner having 11 pennants. Instead of investing a lot of time into a project that was meant to be a quick use of scraps, and making my own binding to hang the flags from, I bought binding from the store for about $2 each. They come in dozens of colors, and measure about 3 yards long, which is a perfect length for a good banner. I got the “Extra Wide Double Fold” bias tape, which is not really all that wide. Only about 1/2 inch actually, but none-the-less, that is the name. It can be found in most fabric or craft stores. I serged my banner flags to a solid backing of organic cotton sateen fabric because it was what I had available and on hand, but you could use anything for the backing fabric (the cheaper the better! You won’t really see it anyway!). Having two layers for the banner will give them a nice weight so they will hanging nicely. If you don’t have a serger, which most folks probably don’t, no worries! You can simply stitch around the outside of the two layers (the front and
back) and then cut the edges with pinking shears so that they don’t fray excessively. If you want to be really fancy, you can stitch the two layers with right sides together, and then turn them inside out for a very finished and durable style. My goal was to make as many as I could, in the shortest amount of time possible, so I chose the serging technique. Plus, I just really love the way serged stitches look. It gives a sort of raw yet refined look to any project. So there you go. Not really a tutorial, just a reminder that scraps can be fun too, and to get creative when you see that discarded pile, and see what you can create with them! Tomorrow, I will share some quilt tops I made from scraps too.