How to make Christmas Bunting
Before you start your bunting project we suggest drawing out a ‘flag’ template. You will need:
- A4 paper,
- paper scissors
Draw a 20cm horizontal line, measure and mark the halfway point (10cm) and from this draw a vertical line down a further 20cm. (this should look like a big T) This will become the tip of your triangular flag. With a diagonal line, join the ends of the horizontal line to the bottom point of the vertical line to form a triangle. This now your basic pattern and once it’s cut out you are ready to get cutting fabric
- 20 cm strips of fabric
- seam binding (+ 1m extra tying up allowance)
- fabric scissors
- pinking shears
Whether you choose just one fabric or several is entirely up to you, but often what makes bunting unique is an eclectic and fun selection of prints and colours. Use as many patterns and colours as you like. We’ve used classic and popular polka dot prints for our bunting
Now you are ready to begin cutting the triangular flag using the paper pattern.
Pin the pattern to the fabric. Save time by folding the 20cm strips so that you will cut through 3 or 4 layers all in one go.
Take care not to try and cut through too many layers as they may be too bulky and slip. Cut around the triangle flag pattern and repeat with all fabric choices.
Cut the two diagonal edges with pinking shears – it is quick and simple and will give a really traditional finish. Remember – do not bother to pink the horizontal top edge as this will be hidden by the seam binding.
(Alternatively if you prefer neat you could fold and machine neaten the edges or with right sides together, ‘bag out’ the triangles.)
Now you have cut out the flags and pinked them you can attach them to the seam binding.
We often get asked at the-stitchery whether its okay to use bias binding to make bunting but as bias stretches it’s not the best choice, seam binding is more robust and stable.
Another top tip is to leave 50cm without flags at each end of the seam binding for tying up the bunting.
With the seam binding spread out in front of you, position the straight, un-pinked edge of triangles onto the seam tape leaving enough to fold over the top of the raw edge. Pin each corner downwards and in the middle of the triangle. Leave approx 5cm between each triangle carry along required length.
Fold the seam tape in half and re-pin the triangles with the pins facing down. This will prepare the bunting ready for sewing and ensure the pins do not get caught in the machine.
Set your sewing machine to a zig zag stitch, this will give the bunting extra strength.
Start sewing the folded seam binding and include the blank 50cms at each end
And now you are ready to hang up and enjoy your bunting. We have lots of cracking Christmas fabrics in stock – so if you want something seasonal to make up a long lasting decoration to be proud of, come up and see us
If you simply don’t have the time for another pre-Christmas panic, we do have several ready-made Christmas bunting options that can be found next door in Riverside Art & Framing and you can save this project until the madness is over.