Project

Festive Window Swag

Festive Window Swag

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This project is easier than it looks. Just join two pieces of fabric side by side, and then pleat the bottom. When sewing, machine-stitch slowly, using a heavy needle, or hand-stitch.

materials

  • Rotary cutter or scissors

  • Iron

  • Sewing machine (optional)

  • Disappearing-ink pen

  • Strong double-sided tape (optional)

  • 1/4-inch rectangular dowel (3 feet long)

  • 1/2-inch round dowel (3 feet long)

  • Eye hooks

steps

  1. Measure desired length for the flat part of the decoration. Add 30 1/2 inches for the pleated half-moon plus 1 1/2 inches for hanging. This is half the length of bunting required for the decoration.

  2. Cut 2 identical pieces of bunting: Begin cutting after a star and end right before one, so you'll have about 3 inches of blue on each end. Trim off hems for easier pleating.

  3. Join the 2 pieces together side by side (make sure stars line up): Overlap by 1/2 inch, and adhere using fusible webbing; iron to fuse. If you prefer, stitch the 1/2-inch overlap together. The final width should be about 32 inches.

  4. Mark fabric 30 1/2 inches from the bottom edge with disappearing-ink pen.

  5. Pleat the half-moon: Starting at the bottom edge, make 1 1/2-inch accordion folds (A); iron after each fold. Continue up length of fabric, stopping at the mark you made. The raw edge of the fabric should point down.

    msl_0709_bunting_ht_a.jpg
  6. Stitch along the center of the pleated rectangle to create a pivot point (B). Make one more fold, and crease with iron.

    msl_0709_bunting_ht_b.jpg
  7. Attach rectangular dowel in the crease with fusible webbing; iron, fabric side up.

  8. Sew channel at top of swag (for hanging): Fold fabric over 1 1/2 inches, and stitch 1 inch from top edge. Insert round dowel.

    msl_0709_bunting_hy_c.jpg

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