May Day Bunting

Lucas and Ella made this bunting for May Day. Here is how they did it.

Lucas and Ella made this bunting for May Day. Here is how they did it.

First, Lucas traced a triangle-shaped pattern onto fabric pieces, and cut along the lines until he had many triangles.

First, Lucas traced a triangle-shaped pattern onto fabric pieces, and cut along the lines until he had many triangles.

He made two triangles for each flag. Ella said, “That is a TON of triangles!” Actually, it was 40 triangles, which is enough for 20 flags. 

He made two triangles for each flag. Ella said, “That is a TON of triangles!” Actually, it was 40 triangles, which is enough for 20 flags. 

Then, the friends stitched the triangles into pairs  to make double-sided flags. Each flag had two pieces, put together with the pretty sides touching. They used a needle and thread to sew the long sides of the triangle. They left the short side open.

Then, the friends stitched the triangles into pairs  to make double-sided flags. Each flag had two pieces, put together with the pretty sides touching. They used a needle and thread to sew the long sides of the triangle. They left the short side open.

When they turned the triangles right side out, they had reversible flags with neat, finished edges. Some had matching fabric on each side, and some had contrasting fabric. 

When they turned the triangles right side out, they had reversible flags with neat, finished edges. Some had matching fabric on each side, and some had contrasting fabric. 

Lucas used a sharp stick to make sure each flag’s point was as pointy as possible.

Lucas used a sharp stick to make sure each flag’s point was as pointy as possible.

Ella used her hot ironing rock and mitts to flatten each flag. (If you don’t live in the forest and you want to do this project, you could get a grownup to help you use an iron and a sewing machine). 

Ella used her hot ironing rock and mitts to flatten each flag. (If you don’t live in the forest and you want to do this project, you could get a grownup to help you use an iron and a sewing machine). 

Finally, the friends arranged the flags in a line, and sewed it together with a binding of folded ribbon. They left enough ribbon on each end to tie the bunting to a branch. 

Finally, the friends arranged the flags in a line, and sewed it together with a binding of folded ribbon. They left enough ribbon on each end to tie the bunting to a branch. 

On the first of May when the sun came up, the animals hung the bunting in the forest. They did all the May Day songs and dances they had been practicing. And they exclaimed loudly, "Happy May Day!"

On the first of May when the sun came up, the animals hung the bunting in the forest. They did all the May Day songs and dances they had been practicing. And they exclaimed loudly, "Happy May Day!"

If you want to do this project at home, you can download a PDF pattern here. It has patterns for animal and human-sized buntings. You can sew it by hand or with a sewing machine. And you can share photos of your work on our facebook page!

If you want to do this project at home, you can download a PDF pattern here. It has patterns for animal and human-sized buntings. You can sew it by hand or with a sewing machine. And you can share photos of your work on our facebook page!

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