Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday which refers to the practice of eating richer, fattier foods on the last night before the ritual fasting of Lenten season. Mardi gras is a carnival celebration with parades, dancing and parties. Wearing masks and costumes is common to the celebration. The wearing of masks originally enabled people to mingle and join the celebration regardless of class. The colors purple, green and gold also hold significance – purple stands for justice, green for faith and gold for power.
Join the celebration and fly your Mardi Gras colors with a bright new garden flag!
Garden Flag Mardi Gras by LoveQuilting.com
Finished size 12” W x 14” L + Hanging Loops
It’s My Party White by Hoffman Fabrics– 12-1/2” x 14-1/2” – 1 EA for front; 12-1/2” x 14-1/2” – 1 EA for back
Brilliant Blender Purple Gold – 4” x 10” for mask; 6” x 7” for hanging loop
Just Color Green by Studio E – 6” x 7” – 1 EA for hanging loop; scraps for letters
Just Color Butterscotch by Studio E – 6” x 7” – 1 EA for hanging loop; scraps for letters
Mardi Gras beads – 2 strands
ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4”, unless noted otherwise.
Make the Hanging Loops
Fold the 6” x 7” of Brilliant Blender Purple Gold in half lengthwise and sew with 1/4″ seam along the 7” side. Turn right side out and press. Repeat the above steps with the 6” x 7” piece of Just Color Green and Just Color Butterscotch. Set aside.
Prepare the Front
Print the applique template with the mask and the letters Mardi Gras (click here for full size applique template) and trace to the side with the paper grid pattern of the Lite Steam A Seam II. Fuse the mask (following fusing instructions) to wrong side of Brilliant Blender Purple Gold and cut on the drawn lines.
Trace the letters onto the Lite Steam A Seam II. Fuse the M, r, I, r and s to the wrong side of Just Color Green and the a, d, G and a to the wrong side of Just Color Butterscotch, being sure to follow the fusing instructions.
Remove the paper backing from the mask and the letters and arrange to your liking on the It’s My Party front fabric. The Lite Steam A Seam II has a tacky back which allows for you to re-position until it is to your satisfaction.
Once everything looks good, press into place following the pressing instructions that accompany the Lite Steam A Seam II.
Stitch around the raw edges with blanket stitch, zig zag stitch, straight stitch or whatever stitch you desire.
Attach Hanging Loops
Fold loops in half and line up raw edges with raw edge of top of flag front. Place first loop 1″ from the left edge, the center of the second loop at the center of the flag (find the centers of both by folding in half and finger pressing), and the third loop 1″ from the right edge. Check to make sure the space between loops is equal or adjust as needed.
Stitch loops into place with 1/4″ seam.
Do you Wish to Add a Label?
If you wish to add a label as we did to the side seam, place the label 6-1/2″ from the bottom with raw edge of label lined up with raw edge of flag front side. Stitch into place with 1/4″ seam.
Embellish your flag front with Mardi Gras beads, available at party shops. Layout the first strand of Mardi Gras beads, making sure to keep them at least 1” from all 4 edges. We put small pieces of tape to hold them in place temporarily. Using your couching foot or embellishment foot and preferred thread color, use a wide zig zag stitch to secure in place about every 2 to 3 inches. Remove the tape before stitching in that section. Helpful Hint: Use stabilizer on the backside of the flag front to keep fabric flat.
Place flag back over flag front right sides together and stitch all the way around, except for a 2” opening at the bottom for turning. Turn right side out and press. Top stitch around flag 1/8” from edge and again 1/4” from edge.
Hang your garden flag and enjoy!
Click here for a printable version of this tutorial including full size applique templates.
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