sewing tutorial: ‘pickles on parade’ summertime bunting

summertime bunting sewing tutorial featuring embroidery pattern 'pickles on parade' from www.thimblenest.comIn 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.

MATERIALS

  • 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

EMBROIDERY

pickles on parade hand embroidery pattern from www.thimblenest.com

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

pickles on parade bunting (2)

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

summertime bunting sewing tutorial featuring embroidery pattern 'pickles on parade' from www.thimblenest.com

 

pickles on parade bunting

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.

summertime bunting sewing tutorial featuring embroidery pattern 'pickles on parade' from www.thimblenest.com

summertime bunting sewing tutorial featuring embroidery pattern 'pickles on parade' from www.thimblenest.com

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

summertime bunting sewing tutorial featuring embroidery pattern 'pickles on parade' from www.thimblenest.com

summertime bunting sewing tutorial featuring embroidery pattern 'pickles on parade' from www.thimblenest.com

summertime bunting sewing tutorial featuring embroidery pattern 'pickles on parade' from www.thimblenest.com

 

(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.

summertime bunting sewing tutorial featuring embroidery pattern 'pickles on parade' from www.thimblenest.com

 

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!

new summer hand embroidery pattern pdf download ‘pickles on parade’ now available

pickles on parade embroidery pattern from www.thimblenest.com

 

With all previous technical difficulties now solved, I’m excited to present my latest hand embroidery patterns: Pickles on Parade!

These embroidery designs coordinate with┬ámy fabric design entry (which is now available for purchase as well) in Spoonflower’s recent pickle contest.

pickles on parade hand embroidery pattern from www.thimblenest.com

The embroidery patterns include 6 different types of animated pickles (Bread & Butter, Kosher Deli, Hungarian, Polish, Dills, and Cornichons) in two different sizes. Also, there are two sizes of bunting and dill flowers and foliage.

Pickles on Parade pdf embroidery pattern from www.thimblenest.com

 

The project possibilities for these designs are endless–I put together a festive summer picnic bunting for my first project (I’ll be back on Thursday with a tutorial). Other ideas for using these embroidery patterns include tablecloth or curtain edges, cloth napkins, aprons, and hoop art. And I’m sure all of you will come up with some great ideas as well.

Pickles on Parade pdf embroidery pattern from www.thimblenest.com

 

I’ve also included a suggested color palette that will coordinate with my Pickles on Parade fabric.

Be sure to come back on Thursday for a tutorial on incorporating these designs into a bright and cheery summer bunting!

Pick up the pattern here on the website or visit my Etsy shop (EU customers will need to go to Etsy).

P.S.–My technical website problems have been solved quickly several times┬áby OutstandingSetup if you’re in the market for an affordable option.

pickles on parade fabric & embroidery pattern coming soon!

pickles on parade fabric by thimblenest available at www.spoonflower.com

Edited to add 5/21/2015: Due to technical problems, the embroidery patterns mentioned below will not launch until Sunday, 5/24/2015. Thanks for your patience!

Spoonflower’s fabric design contest this week features pickles. For some reason this theme sparked a bunch of ideas for me and I entered my first ever design in one of their contests. My entry “Pickles on Parade” will be for sale in my Spoonflower shop soon and would make a great fabric for picnic, barbecue, and kitchen sewing projects.

pickles on parade embroidery pattern from www.thimblenest.com

In addition, all this pickle madness has translated into a new set of embroidery patterns which I’ll be releasing on Thursday. Come back then for all the details; in the meantime, voting is still open over at the contest, so go take a look at all of the fantastic pickles fabrics and vote for your favorites!