- 2 pieces of valentine type fabrics for flags 6″ x 22″ each
- coordinating fabric for backing and hanging strip 6″ x 40″
- coordinating fabric for hanging strip (can be same as backing fabric) 2 strips 2.5″ X WOF
- Tri Tool ruler
1. Lay out one strip of valentine fabric. Lay Tri Tool on top of it lining up the top of the triangle with the top edge of the fabric and the bottom of the triangle parallel to the bottom edge of the fabric. Trim the right side.
2. Turn fabric around (this way you can continue to hold the tool with your left hand and cut with your right), flip the Tri Tool and line the edge up with the cut edge, the tip of the triangle with the bottom of the fabric strip, and the bottom of the triangle (which is now on top) parallel to the top of the fabric strip and cut the right side. You’ll now have one triangle. Continue flipping the Tri Tool and cutting until you have 5 triangles.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the second valentine fabric.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the backing fabric until you have 10 triangles of the backing fabric.
3. Pair a valentine fabric triangle with a backing fabric triangle and, with right sides together, stitch along one side to the blunted point, turn and stitch along the opposite side using a 1/4″ seam. Leave the top open. Do this with all the triangles.
4. Turn all triangles right side out and push out the points gently with a stiletto, purple thang, closed pen, or any long skinny, not too pointy tool.
5. Press all trianlges. Trim off those points of extra fabric that are sticking out of the tops. This will make it easier to fit the triangles into your hanging fabric.
6. Take your 2 strips of 2.5″ x WOF and lay one face up. Lay the other piece face down at right angles… just like you do for binding. Pin together and draw a line from the upper left point where they meet to the lower right meeting point. Sew along this line.
8. Press this long strip in half lengthwise. Again, just like you do for binding.
9. Press one edge to the middle, being careful not to press over that center press line. You don’t have to go all the way to the middle – just pretty close to it.
10. Press the other side to the middle. Then fold in half and press again.
11. Find the middle of your hanging strip. (Easy! It’s the seam where you sewed the two strips together.) On each side of the middle start inserting and pinning triangles. Alternate fabrics and leave about 1″ between each triangle.
12. Sew nice and close to the bottom edge of the hanging strip, making sure the triangles are tucked into the fold of the strip as much as they can be.
13. Just to neaten it up, sew nice and close to the top edge of the hanging strip.
14. At each end, fold over 3″ to 3 1/2″ and zig zag stitch down for a hanging loop. Hang and enjoy!
What a coinkydink! A valentine tutorial in 14 steps!