To recreate the patriotic feel (or as some say, the anti-imperialistic satire) of my family’s birthday party celebration’s inspiration, Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon), I wanted to sew a “pleated” flag bunting to hang on the food bar. I found and used a simple DIY from Corner of Main to determine my strategy (this being my first ever attempt at making a “pleated” flag bunting). I liked the instructions, but thought the grommets were too fussy for my end-use. I opted to use a simpler technique. See my pics and instructions below!
- cut your fabric into 10″ x 30″ rectangles to create roughly an 18″long x 10″ tall “pleated” flag
- sew a 1/2″ seam allowance along both long edges
- iron your rectangles
- using a straight stitch with the longest stitch setting and WITHOUT backstitching, sew a straight line along one long edge (leave a good amount of thread at the beginning and end)
- holding one of the threads, slowly pull the thread and push the fabric down to gather it… careful, you don’t want to break your thread
- hold the same thread on the opposite side and do the same, keep working this technique until the fabric has been gathered into a semi-circle
- tie off each end when the gathering is completed
- sew a 1/2″ seam allowance along the short edges (I placed my black rope in the fold of the fabric before I sewed, you can also string the “pleated” flags afterward)
- Voilà! Magnifique!
The perfect bunting to give just the right feel to your party!