Bunting Flag Tutorial


In anticipation of spring, and the season of weddings bound to follow soon after, here is an easy tutorial for some celebratory flag bunting!  My excitement for this project is due in part to the foot of fresh snow covering the view outside my window…Come on Spring!

The fabric for this project is part of my new collection, Linen Looks, available soon on Spoonflower.  The look of linen, without the scratch is something that is bound to be useful for many types of projects.  This particular tutorial is a cut and sew project, perfect for a beginner!  The coordinating designs are printed out on a fat quarter piece of material sized for the Linen-Cotton Canvas.  For those wanting to do other projects with these fabric designs, the fabric is also available individually in yardage without the flag template.

I love the textural look of the linen printed on the Linen-Cotton Canvas.  The color is very close to natural linen when printed on this fabric.  However, please note, that on Kona Cotton, the color is more like a burlap color than a linen color.  This is important for one to know if they are creating a themed event.  If trying to coordinate projects utilizing a printed fabric collection, be sure to order the same base fabric if you need things to match perfectly.  Otherwise, order test swatches to make sure you can live with the color variation that results from printing on different fabrics! (In the link above, the piece with the blue writing is printed on Kona Cotton, and the other is printed on the Linen Cotton Canvas. Although the Linen Cotton Canvas isn’t quite as yellow as portrayed in the picture, the photo serves to illustrate the differences visible in natural light.)

Supplies needed to complete this project:

  • Scissors or olfa cutter
  • Pinking Shears
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Iron (optional)
  • Thread (I used a heavy duty coat and button thread because I had it on hand, and because it seems extra durable…additionally, it matched quite well!)
  • 1 fat quarter of Linen Bunting Flag cut and sew fabric on the linen cotton canvas available from Spoonflower


One fat quarter makes approximately 90″ of single sided bunting or 40″ of double sided bunting.  If you require more length, you can order more yardage of course, but because I sized this specifically for the dimensions of a fat quarter on the Linen Cotton Canvas, there is a line where the piece repeats.  Please see this photo to see what I mean.

1. Cut out the flags and border strip with pinking shears.

2. Lay out the pieces in an alternating pattern.

3. If you are doing one sided bunting, cut the border strip down the middle with pinking shears.  If you are doing a two sided bunting you won’t need as much length, so you may decide to keep the strip wider.  Then you may decide to iron the strip in half and turn the raw edges in to the middle creating a (non) bias tape.  I went with the rustic, raw edge look created by the pinking shears.

4. Count about 7 stripes in from the edging strip and sew the first flag on wrong side of edging strip with a straight stitch.  Sew additional flags leaving approximately 1/2″ gaps between them.7_Sew

5.  When you get near the end of the first edging strip, overlap the next piece and continue as before.8_JoinBinding

6.  Once all the flags have been sewn to the middle of the edging strip, fold the edging strip over the top of the flags and sew down along the entire length of the bunting.9_FoldOverSew

7. To finish the edges, you can make a loop as I did, or you may prefer to leave the length as a tie string.10_EndLoopFlagsDetailFlagsRoomScale FlagsOnLight FlagsOffLight FlagsComplete FlagBunting Inspirational Scripture:
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love [for love waved as a protecting and comforting banner over my head when I was near him].”
Song of Solomon 2:4 (AMP)

Bon Appétit: French Script Napkin Tutorial


My favorite job as a child was setting the table for a holiday meal.  It was an opportunity to go into my mom’s linen closet and pick out the pretty things reserved for special occasions.  I can actually still remember the smells of the table cloths, napkins, pillow cases, and sheets mingled with candles and other decor items tucked carefully away.  In 17 years of marriage, I have only once hosted Thanksgiving, as cooking isn’t my strong suit and so fortunately our tradition is to share a beautiful meal around a splendidly adorned table prepared by my mother-in-law.  So I find myself making an occasion out of none to prepare a simpler meal, with a lovely place setting, and invite a family over to bless with a spirit of welcome hospitality that says, “You are appreciated, loved, and valuable enough for extraordinary effort and attention to detail.”  It is one of the ways I express love.  The pitfall, is sometimes I set up a standard or expectation for myself that is too high, and because I see an event so over the top in my imagination (think David Tutara’s  $50,000+ “My Fair Wedding” type events) and want to go all Martha Stewart on it, I don’t invite people over as often as I would if I had a less ambitious imagination. In my mind, once I have the table scape designed, I am motivated to create the meal to showcase the table setting.  I realize that this is exactly opposite of all my gourmet cooking friends for whom the food is the focal point, and therefore, I truly appreciate any opportunity to dine at their homes where I don’t have to think about what to cook, but can just marvel at the artistry of their flavorful combinations. Regardless of our motivations, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the countless things we have to be grateful for.  Gratitude inspires the fabric design of this french script, which is translated from the scripture found in Psalm 95:2-3: “Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.”

This tutorial is for those who would love to make something to infuse their table with a spirit of thankfulness this holiday season.  (For those who need a shortcut, Pier One has a similar napkin available with English words of gratitude…it just needed to be improved by pointing to the One to whom we owe all praise!)
Supplies needed to complete this project:

  • Scissors or olfa cutter
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Iron
  • 1 or more yards of French Script fabric in the linen cotton canvas available from Spoonflower
  • Sewing machine
  • Black crochet thread
  • Steel crochet hook (I used size 1.30 mil)
  • Pencil (a fabric pencil or pen is best, but any pencil should work.  I used one like the blue one here this)
  • Needle (optional for making hole in fabric for easier crochet hook insertion)

1. Prewash the fabric.  All my store bought napkins look beautiful the first time I use them and then when I wash them, they shrink and are no longer square.  The best way I know to have square napkins, is to prewash the fabric and dry it in the dryer.

2. Cut out your square.  For this particular set of napkins, I was trying to get 6 napkins out of one yard of fabric, so that made my cut 17.5 inches square.  If I was to do this again, I would order more fabric and do a slightly larger square so that the finished napkin could be more like 18-19″ square instead of 15.5″

3. I found a fabulous tutorial for sewing mitered corners on YouTube.  I highly recommend watching it before continuing.  Check it out here.  I have photographed my process for mitering the corners below.  Turn over the raw edge of the fabric about .25″ and iron.  Turn over another .25″ and iron again.

4. Open up the creased fabric and mark the folds with a pencil

5. Cut the tip of the diagonal corner off.

6. Fold down the corner to the bottom point.  I played with this fold until I got it to meet properly and look right when the edges were folded back under.


7. Iron the corner.

8. Top stitch the edge.  At this point you could stop and call the napkin finished.

9. I wanted to add a little crochet edging.  Place a mark with your pencil every 10 cm along each edge.

10.  Start in a corner and chain (ch) 7, then single crochet (sc) in a mark and then ch 5, sc in the next mark, then ch 5 and repeat around the napkin until you come back to the starting corner.  I joined in about the 2 ch spot of my first chain of 7 and did a final sc to finish it off.  Then I tied a square knot and wove in the ends of the crochet thread.  I found it difficult to puncture the fabric so I used a needle to make a small hole in each mark before doing my single crochet.  This added some time to the whole process, so what you decide to do will probably depend on your personal preference and the strength of your crochet hook and weight of fabric you purchase from Spoonflower.




11.  Invite someone over for a meal or cup of tea and use your new beautiful napkins, or give a set away as a gift to bless a friend.

Inspirational Scripture:
“Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.”
Psalm 95:2-3 (NLT)

Coffee Break!

When the circumstances of life push against us, it can take a concerted effort to remain in a peaceful state. This last week was a perfect opportunity to walk in peace in spite of the craziness all around. Although it took a week longer than I had expected, the Coffee Break fabric collection is available on Spoonflower at last! Staying peaceful is always a good idea.

Inspirational Scripture:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.'”
Isaiah 30:15

Coffee Cup Cozy Tutorial

CoffeeCozyBackOctober is a big birthday month for us, and Christmas is just around the corner.  This means that gift season is upon us, and because sometimes it can become a challenge to purchase things for each special person, I have put together the tutorial below for anyone who would like to make a gift instead. It is my first attempt at a tutorial so if anyone gives it a try, please share your feedback with me!  This tutorial is designed to go with my Coffee Cup Cozy cut and sew fabric that is available from Spoonflower.com.  I created the Deconstructed Moss Decor color palette for this design using the Adobe Kuler App. (The photo in the background is indeed the centerpiece mentioned in the color scheme description.)


To complete this project you will need:

  • the fabric mentioned above
  • eyelets (8 per cozy)
  • ribbon (34″ per cozy)
  • fusible interfacing
  • coordinating thread

1. Iron on fusible interfacing for a lining. Dont forget to use a pressing cloth, and follow the directions that come with the specific interfacing you chose.



2. Cut out along dashed lines.


3. Sew the right sides of the fabric together with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving an opening to turn.


4. Clip the corners at a diagonal to take extra bulk away, and then turn the right sides out.


I used a pair of scissors to make sure I got the points looking crisp, but using a pencil might be a better idea so one doesn’t accidentally make a hole in the fabric.

5. Turn opening under, iron it & then topstitch it closed.  I love topstitching as it can give a polished and professional look to your project.



6. Insert eyelets.  Lay four eyelets out along the finished edge and marked the placement of each one. (My fine point sharpie worked perfectly).


Eyelets from Hobby Lobby, Eyelets from PaperwishesOriental Trading Company discontinued the ones I used. The Eyelet Outlet has a mix of browns that might work or they also have blackGrommets could be an even better option.  I just used what I had on hand.

Then punch holes and install the four eyelets. (I used my silent setter scrapbooking hole puncher for this step).


Next fold the coffee cozy in half and mark the other side for eyelet placement.  Punch four holes and install four more eyelets.



7. Lace 34″ of ribbon through the eyelets



8. Brew or buy some coffee or tea


9. Snuggle it up & enjoy! This makes a perfect gift with a coffee card hiding inside!


Inspirational Scripture:
“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.” Psalm 23:5