DIY: Mexican Wedding Flags

Has anyone else noticed this trend circulating the wedding world?

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 Me too!  And you know what? I think I like it.  Amber and I both, in fact.  So we thought we’d venture out to Joann’s to see if we couldn’t create a little something of our own for future use.  Here’s what we came up with.

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 WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 yard of 44″ eyelet fabric

1 spool of ribbon

Scissors

A sewing machine

Coordinating tread

Pins

DIRECTIONS:

Lay out the yard of fabric and fold in half lengthwise.  Press.

Fold in half again. Press.

Fold in half again. Press.  Repeat until you have a small rectangle, the size of a flag.

Unfold and cut along the creases.  You should have 8 flags.

Take up one of the cut piece and find the raw edge.  Fold over once and press.

Then fold over again, pin and press.

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Run through the Machine with coordinating thread to baste the seam.

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The stitch should look like this:

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The flag should look like this when you are done basting.  Repeat for all the other (8) flags.

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Take up the ribbon and place it in the right side of the flag pinning it along the edge.

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Evenly space out the other flags and pin them along the ribbon.  Usually about 5-6 inches distance is good.

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Run the flags through the machine again, this time with the ribbon.  Pay careful attention to stitch in the middle of the ribbon to avoid puckering.  Lightly iron.

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And you’re done! Depending on pat of fabric you have, you may get a few different types of flags.  We ended up with about 4 different patterns. We’re adding a scalloped edge to the other ones and doing a scalloped stitch to close off the edges.  Can’t wait to show you when it’s all finished and hung.

Keep an eye out and get inspired!

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6 Responses to “DIY: Mexican Wedding Flags”

  1. Jonna Says:

    That looks so good. Awesome job!

  2. Amber Says:

    Can’t wait to finish the rest!

  3. Ellen Says:

    I LOVED these! THANKS SO MUCH! So clever- I never would have thought of these.

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  5. melinda Says:

    wow what a great idea. I’m such a frugle shopper that I have a really hard time paying full price for the plastic papel picado that this is an option for me and it will add a handmade touch to my wedding celebration. pls continue the with more great ideas! God Bless…

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