In playing around with my new embroidery pattern and fabric–Pickles on Parade–I thought it would be fun to mimic the bunting from the fabric’s background on a larger scale. Here’s a sewing tutorial for making your own summertime bunting featuring pickles or any other festive food or embroidery pattern.
- 1 package extra-wide, double-fold bias tape
- linen (or other fabric to embroider on) cut in 6″ x 6″ squares
- Pickles on Parade (or another embroidery pattern)
- quilting cotton, etc. for half-circle pennants
- embroidery transfer pen
- embroidery thread
Transfer your chosen embroidery designs onto the linen squares and quilting cotton half circles and embroider them as desired. Embroider as many squares and half-circles as you would like.
FINISH EDGES OF SQUARE PIECES
Serge, zigzag, or overcast all four edges of each embroidered square, iron under, then stitch in place using a 1/8″-1/4″ seam allowance (depending on the type of edge finishing you used).
FINISH EDGES OF HALF-CIRCLE PENNANTS
Add a 1/4″ seam allowance to all embroidered half-circle pieces; prepare backing pieces of the same size for each embroidered half-circle. In other words, for every half-circle pennant you want to use on the finished bunting, you should have two half-circles cut out with 1/4″ seam allowances added.
For each set of half-circle pennants: place right sides together and stitch along curved edge only, using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn the right sides out and press well, using a chopstick or turning tool to make the curved edge as clean as possible.
SEW PENNANTS TO BIAS TAPE
(Note: I used regular size bias tape on this bunting because it was what matcheD, but extra-wide will be much easier to work with.)
Open out the bias tape and clip or pin pennants to the back side of the bias tape, with top edges aligned. Space pennants equally–mine were two inches apart from one edge to the next.
Sew top edge of bias tape and pennants together in one continuous seam–starting at the first pennant and ending at the last. I also backstitched both edges of each pennant.
Fold bias tape over to back side of pennants, and pin or clip in place again. Starting at one end of the bias tape, sew through the front side the whole length of the bunting, closing the bias tape and sandwiching/securing the pennants inside. Voila!–a festive summertime banner.
P.S.–Did this tutorial inspire a bunting of your own–be sure to share in our Flickr Group and on Instagram with #thimblenest and #picklesonparade!