I love bunting. It’s cute, can brighten up any room, and it’s so easy to make! Since my days of impulse buying from Etsy have ended *sniff sniff * in the name of saving, I put my sewing skills to practice and made some cute vintage style bunting to decorate our soon-to-be new home. This is my easy step by step guide to making double sided bunting.
1. Choose at least 3 different fabrics that you feel go well together. For this example I have chosen vintage pinks and greens to go with my current bedroom colour scheme.
2. Buy some of bias binding in the same length you wish your bunting to be. Ensure you add roughly 50cm extra to allow you to tie up you bunting. I recommend taking your fabric with you when buying the bias binding. This way you can ensure you choose a colour that matches your fabric.
3. Cut out an isosceles shaped triangle template from cardboard. It’s important that you use rigid cardboard otherwise it will start to bend after a while and the edges won’t stay rigid while you draw around them. Re-use some packaging like I have here. This is the cardboard base of a pizza. The triangle can be any size you wish. I love cute little flags placed close together like the one I have made here whereas some people prefer large flags with around 4cm gaps between each one.
*Tip* Use ordinary scissors to cut out your template. Using your fabric scissors will blunt them
4. Fold the first section of your fabric in half, so that the patterned sides are facing in. If the pattern has a specific ‘right side up’ ensure that both sides have the pattern pointing the same way. Place the cardboard template onto the fabric so that the top of the pattern is closest to the shortest edge of the triangle. Draw around the template then move the template along. Ensure you leave at least 1cm gap between each triangle.
5. Place pins inside each triangle so that the front and back sections of the fabric are held together. Cut each triangle out, leaving a boarder of around 0.5cm.
6. Sew the long sides of each triangle on the sewing machine using a small stitch. Ensure you don’t sew along the shortest side of the triangle.
7. Turn the sewn triangles the right way so that the pattern is showing. You may need to tease the point out using a quick-unpick. Now, iron the triangles to remove any creases. This will also make it easier to attach them to the bias binding.
8. Now this is the trickiest bit! Take your first flag and bias binding. Around 25cm from the end of the binding (this bit is to tie it up), fold it in half slightly so that the folded edges are facing in. Carefully pop the short side of your flag into the fold so that both sides of the flag are covered by half the bias binding. Use a couple of pins to hold the bias binding in place. It is important that your flag is inserted right into the fold of the binding or the stitching may miss the flag when you come to sew it together. You have 2 options now; either tack the binding and flag together with a needle and thread by hand, or be lazy like me and just tactfully use the foot of the sewing machine to hold it all together. However, this can backfire as you need to remove the pins before the foot of the machine reaches it and sometimes the flag will come out of the binding. If you decide to tack the flags on, you can do this all at one. I have placed the flags as close together as possible but you may prefer to space them out.
9. Keeping the first 25cm length of the bias binding halved, carefully sew using the sewing machine, along the binding and over your first flag. Try to sew about 0.3cm close to the edge of the binding facing the flag. This is to ensure that the flag is neatly gripped inside the binding. If you have taken the lazy option and just pinned your flag on you will now need to pin the second flag on then sew over that. Repeat this until you have sewn on all your flags. Remember to leave another length of about 25cm to us as a tie at the end of the bunting
10. Voila! And there you have it; your very own handmade bunting.
Happy bunting making!
Ps. Have you made bunting before? If so, I would
love to hear how you make yours.