How to make Brilliant, Beautiful, (easy) Bunting
As a quick-fix decoration, indoors and out, it’s just too easy to make and so effective.
So, how to make bunting! To start this simple bunting project, we suggest drawing out a ‘flag’ template and duplicating it. You will need: a ruler, A4 paper or pattern cutting paper, pen and 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 capital T) The lowest point of this T will become the tip of your triangular flag.
This is now your basic flag pattern and once it’s cut out, you can duplicate it as many times as you like to ready for pinning onto fabric.
For the bunting you will need: several different colours/prints of 20 cm strips of fabric,
seam binding (+ 1m extra tying up allowance).
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.
For our bunting, we used a low key combination of neutrals that is far from dull, but is it quite subtle; classic white textures and lace, beige & cream-based prints as well as popular polka dot prints and some plain satins.
(Top Tip-don’t worry about mixing fabric weights, textures and types-the more the merrier).
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.
Cut around the triangle flag pattern and repeat with all fabric choices.
Cut the two diagonal sides 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).
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 of seam binding without flags at each end of the seam binding for tying up the bunting.
(we find working on the ironing board – 4 flags at a time – works best),
position the straight, un-pinked edge of triangles onto the seam tape leaving enough to fold over the top of the raw edge.
Leave approx 5cm between each triangle (this way , you will make up 1m of bunting to every 4 flags).
Fold the seam tape in half and pin the triangles to the seam binding, enclosing the top raw edge. Pin at each corner and in the middle of the triangle. Continue this process along the seam binding until you reach the required length.
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 super summer fabrics in stock – so if you want something pretty and bright to make up a long lasting decoration to be proud of, come up and see us in-store or shop online.
Everything you need for perfect bunting is available on-line as well as in our lovely Lewes shop. We have now launched bunting kits to take the hard work out of selecting fabrics that look good together…