Saturday, 26 April 2014

How to make bunting.

Recently I was wondering about other things I could do with my leftover fabric scraps. I mentioned that I've been making bunting like it was going out of fashion and was asked if I would explain how I make it. It's super simple and this is the way I started doing it - I've never looked for a tutorial or anything, so it may not be the "correct" way, but hey ho.

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What I use:
  • scraps of fabric
  • a triangle template, which can be drawn onto and cut from paper (I made several as I find it easier to get the most from my fabric scraps by tessellating the triangles on).  Another thing to remember is that you'll want to draw the triangle about 1cm larger all around than you actually want your flags, as they'll get smaller when you stitch them together.
  • pins 
  • scissors
  • bias binding 

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I start by pinning my templates onto the fabric, fitting as many in as I can, or moving them around to get the print that I want in the middle of the flags. Once all pinned into place, cut them out.

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When you have a pile of triangles, pair them up and pin them together, right sides together (with the printed sides together on the inside) and stitch around the two long sides 1cm from the edges. You can leave the top side unstitched. Turn them out so that the printed side is on the outside and iron the flags.

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Next, pin your bias binding, along the top edges of the flags, so that the edges are level. The outside of the bias binding will be stitched down on the first side, then folded over the raw edge to seal it.

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Stitch along the top line of the bias binding, onto each of the flags. Remember to leave some space at the ends to tie it up with, and an even amount of space between flags.

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Wrap the bias binding over the top edge of the flags and pin it down on the other side. You'll then need to stitch all the way from one end of the bunting to the other, making sure the flags are completely contained in the binding as you go - slow and steady seems to be the way, I've found.

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There you have it - a string of bunting to decorate just about anything!
I hope this all makes sense - please let me know if anything needs to be explained better. Also, if you make some, I'd love to see it :) 


  1. Super work Char and SUCH a clear tutorial x

    1. Aw, thanks, I was worried it was a little unclear.

  2. I love it, it seems pretty simple and I really like the fabric you picked. Your scissors are cool also!

    Corinne x

    1. Thanks - I wish I could remember where they came from!

  3. Oh. I totally wrote a comment but now it has disappeared!

    Anyway, I was saying, thank you for writing this because sewing novices like me wouldn't even know where to begin with bunting and tutorials like this are like gold dust because everyone thinks bunting is easy peasy lemon squeezy.

    ONE day I will make bunting. Possibly.

    1. You can crochet, this is not even a comparison.

  4. Great tutorial Char! I might have to give this a shot soon. I think I even have some leftover ready cut triangles from a patchwork quilt I made a few years ago.

  5. Stunning graphic fabric and well written tutorial - Great!

  6. Thanks Char, I was thinking of making some bunting and have no idea how to go about it so I'll bookmark this tutorial :) x

  7. This is such a great post! I've always wanted to try making my own bunting, but I'm not skilled in the sewing department like you are. One day I shall have to learn. I love the fabric you've used to make this lot and it looks amazing! xx

    1. Thanks, it's just my leftovers from a dress :)

  8. I genuinely wish I had leftover fabric just so I could make bunting!!

    Jen x
    Bows Bangles & Bakes

  9. Great tutorial. Love the fabric that you've used here. x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life