Hi, I'm Katy from The Littlest Thistle and I'm here today to help get you in the Olympic spirit in the run up to this year's Games. I was a team leader of one of the front of house teams at the Commonwealths in Glasgow a couple of years ago, and it's always fun to see the attendees coming out in their team's colours, however big or small, to show their support. To this end I have a couple of options for you for supporting Team GB. The first is some flag bunting - string them around your TV, across the room, across the street or even wound about your person, whatever floats your boat! For those looking for something a little more subtle, I also have a wee badge that you can pin on.
To make the union flag bunting:
For a 5-8 flag string you will need:
1 FQ Sevenberry Blue Medium Spot
1 FQ Sevenberry Red Gingham
1 FQ Kona Snow
1 FQ Sevenberry Beige Stripe
1-2 m Royal Blue Striped Bias Binding (the length will be determined by the number of flags and where you wish to string them)
To assemble the bunting:
Print off as many The Littlest Thistle UJ Bunting Foundation Pattern Pieces as you will need for your selected number of flags.
Print out one The Littlest Thistle UJ Bunting Backing Pattern Pieces and use it to cut as many backs as you need for your selected number of flags - note that these will tesselate nicely if you cut each on in the opposite direction to the last, making your fabric go further.
Cut out and piece each section following the numbers and colours marked on the pattern.
Lay the pieced sections out for each flag as per the photo and sew them together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Lay a backing piece on top of each one of the pieced flags, right sides together, matching all edges and sew around the sides with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving the top edge open.
Clip the points as per the photo to reduce the bulk when you turn them right sides out.
Gently turn the flags right sides out, using a chopstick or similar to ease the point out, then press.
Press the bias binding in half, folded edges in, matching long edges. Sandwich the top raw edges of the flags in between the binding, spreading them evenly along the length, and pin in place. Zigzag stitch along the length of the binding to hold it all together.
To make the union flag badge:
You will need:
Scraps blue fabric
Scraps red fabric
Scraps white fabric
Scraps for backing
Marking pen(cil) for tracing
Glue pen for basting
Brooch back or safety pin
I used the scraps from making the flag bunting, but this would be a charm square friendly project if you were starting from scratch.
To assemble the badge:
Print off and cut out each of the The Littlest Thistle UJ Badge Pattern Pieces - make special note of what section goes where on the red diagonal pieces as they are not all the same!
Trace the pattern onto your fabric and cut out - I used a pair of small, sharp pointed scissors for this as the pieces were so small.
Starting with the white saltire (the diagonal cross), centre this on the blue background - I do this by folding the background in half in each direction to create a light crease and aligning the corners on the saltire with the fold lines. Glue baste in place then stitch all the way around using your favourite method for raw edge applique. I wanted mine to get a little frayed at the edges so I straight stitched a little inside the edges, but you could also do a small zigzag stitch.
Layer up the remaining pieces, stitching each in place as you go, in the following order:
1. White cross
2. Red cross
3. Red diagonals
Place the backing right sides together with the stitched flag, matching all edges. Leaving a small turning gap at the bottom, sew all the way around with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Clip the corners as per the photos to reduce the bulk when you turn the badge right sides out.
Gently turn through the gaps, using a chopstick or similar to ease the corners out, then press.
Top stitch all the way around the badge, 1/8" from the edge.
Stitch a brooch back to the back of the badge, or use a safety pin to attach it to your clothing.