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Project

Festive Window Swag

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

  • 18-inch-wide bunting, flagsexpress.com or apolloflags.com
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Fusible webbing, 1/2-inch-by-20-yard, from createforless.com
  • 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 4

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

  5. Step 5

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    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.

  6. Step 6

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

  7. Step 7

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

  8. Step 8

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    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.