This Naughty & Nice Christmas Bunting is a fast and fun last minute Christmas project. It’s naughty because it’s just TOO easy! It’s nice because the double sided flags look lovely from every angle.
Using the air threading JUKI MO2000 overlocker to stitch the bunting together is fast, fun and fabulous. The extra weight of the double sided flags helps the bunting to hang nicely.
Tools and Materials
- JUKI DX7 sewing machine
- JUKI MO2000 overlocker
- Bunting templet from card
- Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
- A variety of Christmas fabrics
- Red overlocker thread piecing thread, bobbin thread
Create a template from card in a pleasing bunting shape. Find some pretty Christmas fabric from your stash. We’ve gone for reds and greens mixing stripes, dots, checks and bold florals.
There are several ways to get the double-sided bunting. One way is to cut the fabric on the fold with wrong sides together. Align the short side of the template on the fold, cover with a clear ruler and rotary cut the long sides. You’ll end up with a diamond shape. Fold it back up together and stitch along the sides starting at the wide end, stitching towards the point and running off the edge. And then the same again for the other side. Trim.
Another way is to simply straight stitch the sides together with the right sides of the fabric facing out. Later you’ll use the overlocker to join the top layers together as you stitch all the bunting flags together.
I used the Juki DX7 sewing machine to stitch both sides of the bunting flags together. If I was to do it over again, I would use a rolled hem stitch on the overlocker instead.
Make a stack of bunting flags and arrange them in a pleasing order. Now comes the fun part. Thread your MO2000 overlocker. The air threading makes this so easy – it’s like magic! We’ve chosen a bright red thread. I’ve dropped the lever here to disable the cutter. This simply allows me to cover the edges of my bunting flags without cutting the fabric.
Be sure to begin with a nice long tail. You’ll need this to hang the bunting up later. To get the tail, simply let the overlocker stitch for a while before slipping your first flag under the presser foot. After 4 or 5 inches, slip the first flag under the pressure foot and create the lovely overlock stitch that will hold the top edges together.
As you near the end of the first flag, slip the next bunting flag under the pressure foot and keep stitching, and the next, and so on, and so forth, making sure to leave a nice long tail at the very end.
In less than an hour, you’ll have a lovely length of Naughty but Nice Christmas Bunting. Hang it up in your home or give it to family and friends. It makes a lovely last minute present. It looks so nice, they’ll never guess how fast and easy it was to make.
This is such a fun way to use your stash! It’s lovely to use it over again every Christmas. Juki are famous for the quality and reliability of their overlockers. This air threading Juki MO 2000 overlocker/serger makes a wonderful Christmas present!