love bunting with appliqué
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Love Appliqué Bunting

Love Appliqué Bunting

binting finished and hanging


Valentine’s Day Décor to Sew by Hand or Machine

designed by Chelsea Briner, Sew Simple Home

Create a festive flag bunting featuring appliqué letters that spell out a special “love” note. Hand this up for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary celebration or birthday party. The following instructions are to sew the project by hand. Alternatively, do the appliqué and topstitching by machine for a quicker version. Use Sulky 50 wt. Cotton Thread for the machine version and a size 70/10 Universal Needle for stitching.

Love Appliqué Bunting Supplies

love bunting supplies

Prepping & Cutting

Cut out the bunting pattern and letters. Make sure to cut the bunting pattern on the fold of the fabric so you have a long piece to act as the front and back.

love bunting with Perfect Appliqué attached 

Cut out four 3 1/2” squares of Perfect Appliqué. Press the squares to the wrong side of the fabric of each of the bunting pieces. The square should be lined up with the bottom triangle of the bunting.

Remove the paper backing from each square.

remove paper backing on bunting pieces

Fold the bunting piece in half, matching the wrong sides; press. The Perfect Appliqué should fuse the two sides of the bunting together. Repeat with each of the 4 bunting pieces. 

bunting fused in place

There should be a small opening at the top of the bunting.  This is a casing for the ribbon.

casing in bunting flag for ribbon


Using the letter fabric, cut a 9”x4” piece of fabric and of the Perfect Appliqué.  Press the Perfect Appliqué to the wrong side of the fabric.

bunting flags

Use a permanent marker to trace the outline of each of the letters on the back of the Perfect Appliqué.  Make sure to turn the letters backwards so they come out correctly. 

letter fabric appliqués

Cut out each letter. Remove the Perfect Appliqué paper from the back of each letter.

remove paper backing from letters

Press to fuse one letter to the center of each bunting piece.

L letter fused to flag 

Thread a double strand of embroidery floss onto an embroidery needle. Leave a ½” seam allowance at the top of the bunting for the ribbon to go through. Use a running stitch to stitch a border around the bunting.  Repeat with each bunting, alternating thread colors. Press.

stitching casing to bunting flag 

Thread a single strand of embroidery floss onto an embroidery needle. Use a whipstitch or blanket stitch to appliqué each of the letters. Press.

appliqué each letter 

Finishing Love Bunting

Place a safety pin on the end of the ribbon and thread it through the opening at the top of the bunting. 

thread ribbon through casing of each flag 

Leave long ribbon tails on either end of the flags.

stringing each flag onto ribbon

Hang the bunting where desired.

binting finished and hanging

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