Charm Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial

Sew a mini bunting banner from charm squares or fabric scraps! It’s quick to do with my easy sewing tutorial!

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I’ve got a fun little project to share with you today!  This mini bunting banner is a fun way to decorate for a holiday or celebrate a special day.  Or just hang one up because it’s cute and brightens a space.  The little fabric flags are so colorful and festive!

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial by Orange Bettie

I love projects like this that sew up quick and look cute!  Plus it uses charm squares, so you’ve got an excuse to  treat yourself to a new charm square pack from the fabric store.  (Or if you’re being more practical, you can just cut fabric into 5” squares for this project.)

You can also use your charm squares to sew a pretty tote! See my charm square satchel tote tutorial to see how to make a satchel-inspired tote bag.

Each flag is made from a single charm square.  It takes just 2 seams to go from a square to the little flag – with no raw edges!  Plus, if you use a charm square pack your flags for your bunting banner can all be different prints but perfectly coordinated!  I love it when things work out like that.

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial by Orange Bettie

(I used the charm squares from the Rosa fabric line by Crystal Manning.)

The mini bunting flags are approximately 2 ¼” wide x 4 ½” tall each.  Petite, but not too small that you can’t embellish them up if you like.  Use Heat Transfer Vinyl to add letters if you want your banner spell something out.  I just left mine plain and let the cute fabrics do all the work.

Bias tape makes it easy to sew the flags into a banner.  I added some pom pom  trim while I was at it – because pom poms make everything cuter.  Scientific fact, y’all.  They’re optional though, so if pom poms aren’t your thing you can just leave them off.

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial by Orange Bettie

I like the smaller size but you can make a larger fabric banner by just using larger squares.  If my math is correct, a 10” square would make one that is roughly 4.75” wide by 9.5” tall.

Supplies

Charm squares – 1 charm square for each flag in your banner.  (If you don’t have charm squares, you can just cut your scrap fabric into 5” squares.)

Pom pom fringe

Double-fold bias tape

How to make a charm square bunting banner:

I used black thread so my stitch lines would show up in the photos.  I didn’t want that black thread showing in my finished project, so I went back and ripped out all of the stitches and resewed with matching thread.  In case you’re wondering how that black stitching disappeared on the photos of the finished banner….  🙂

For each flag:

Fold charm square in half, RST.  Sew across the bottom with ¼” seam allowance.

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial - step 1

Turn right side out.

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial - step 2

Open it up and flatten it out to create a pointed bottom.  Press with an iron.

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial - step 3

Fold in half RST.  Sew down the side with a ¼” seam allowance.

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial - step 4

Turn right side out, rotating so seams are aligned.  Press with an iron.  It looks kind of like the bottom of a neck tie.

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial - step 5

Turn it over – your flag is done!

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial - step 6

When you’ve made all the flags, you can sew them into a bunting banner.

Baste the pom pom trim across the top of the flags with a scant ¼” seam allowance.  I spaced the flags so there was a single pom pom between flags.

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial - step 7

Open out the bias tape and baste to the top of the bunting banner, raw edges touching, with your stitch line in the crease in the tape.  (You can see here my stitching is not super straight.  That’s fine, as long as your stitch line doesn’t cross over that crease.)  Leave an 8-10” tail of bias tape before and after basting on the flags so you’ll have the ties you need to hang it up.

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial - step 8

Fold the bias tape back along the crease lines, with the bias tape wrapping over the top of the flags and pom pom trim.  Pin or glue in place, making sure that the bias tape extends just past the basting stitch line on the back.

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial - step 9

Fold the bias tape back along the crease lines, with the bias tape wrapping over the top of the flags and pom pom trim.  Pin or glue in place, making sure that the bias tape extends just past the basting stitch line on the back.

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial - step 10

Your bunting banner is finished!  Go find some place that needs cute-ifying and hang it up!!

Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial by Orange Bettie
Charm  Square Bunting Banner Easy Sewing Tutorial by Orange Bettie
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