How To Make Fabric Bunting

You all know I love bunting… you only have to look at my garden and my spare room/office at home and there’s bunting galore.  Soon we’ll have our shed up at the allotment so another place bunting will appear as well as across the growing areas of our plot.

Fabric bunting is very easy to make and doesn’t need many tools, a needle and thread, fabric (cotton, polyester cotton), bias binding, scissors and iron/ironing board.  If you’ve got a sewing machine it will be sewn quicker but can be made hand sewing.  I don’t have a rotary cutter and cutting mat but that would be easier than drawing round a template and make your cutting perfect.

Here are the steps to follow:

Choose your fabrics and cut out triangles, can be as big, small, long, thin, wide as you want.  I made a template from some stiff card that I drew around using a biro on the back of the fabric. Bunting can be made using single or double triangles of fabric.

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For single just make a small hem around the triangle.

I made double sided bunting.  Put right sides of your fabric together. Hold the point together with a pin. Sew around the two long sides but not across the top.2015-04-03 20.49.48

When you get to the tip of the point make sure the needle is pointing down at it’s lowest.2015-04-03 20.50.16

LIft your machine foot up and swing the triangles around on the needle.  2015-04-03 20.50.26

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Sew up the other side of the triangles.2015-04-03 20.50.43 2015-04-03 20.50.53

When you get to the top corner don’t finish off your thread,  lift your needle to it’s highest setting then pull out around 8cm of thread from the reel and the spool underneath by pulling the triangle away from the needle.2015-04-03 20.51.32

Sew the rest of your triangles using this method so that they are all joined together at the end.  It saves you starting and finishing off all the time when using a sewing machine.2015-04-03 20.58.14

Snip the cotton thread between each triangle.2015-04-03 20.58.44

Turn the triangles the right way out.2015-04-03 20.59.28

To get the point turned out I use a blunt pencil so that it doesn’t go through the fabric/stitches.  Using sharp scissor can sometimes cause a hole which you don’t want.2015-04-03 21.00.36

Press the triangles flat.2015-04-03 21.05.44

Put your triangles in the order you want them in.2015-04-03 21.07.02

Taking a piece of bias binding, fold it in half length ways and press with your iron.  I used a piece that was 120cm long and had 7 triangles to attach.

Fold the length of bunting in half to find the middle point.  2015-04-03 21.07.35

Fold your MIDDLE piece of bunting in half, place the bunting at the point where the bias binding is folded.  Pin into position inside the strip of bias binding.  2015-04-03 21.08.04

Then add the other triangles in position from the middle.  Leave an equal gap between each piece of bunting or put them right up to each other depending on how you want the finished bunting to look.  I left a gap of around 1.5 cm.

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Start sewing from one end of your bias binding.  When using a sewing machine have the bulk of the fabric on the left so it doesn’t get stuck inside your machine.  2015-04-03 21.16.33

Have the pins facing you so you can pull them out as you get to them.2015-04-03 21.16.48

The finished bunting!2015-04-03 21.20.44 2015-04-03 21.24.02

Make yours as long or as short as you want.

If you would like to share the bunting love please share this blog post in any post you write.

My post about bunting. 

My blog post about Crochet bunting.


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