Bunting is so popular in the shops right now but you can make your own high quality bunting in a very short space of time with this beginner friendly sewing project. Making bunting is a great way of decorating your own home or making unique personalised gifts for others. It is made to a high standard so you can hang it outside and even put it in the washing machine! Perfect!
What you need
I used three different fabrics for the bunting and used them for both sides. You could put plain fabrics on the back if you would like to save your best fabric for the front. Three fat quarters will be more than enough if you choose to use three fabrics.
Fabric – 2-3 Fat Quarters.
Approximately 3 metres of Grosgrain Ribbon – approx.1inch wide. Plush Addict have a nice selection.
Sewing Machine – Straight stitch length 2.5
Bunting template– Print A4
Stage 1 – Cutting out your bunting.
Lay fabric out with any patterns facing up. Lay your Bunting template onto the fabric as instructed. Cut as many flags as you would like to. I made 6 flags so cut 12 pieces of fabric out.
Stage 2 – Preparing your pieces ready for sewing.
Place your first piece of fabric on the table with the right side facing up at you. Lay on a second piece face down so the right sides are together and pin along the two long sides.
There is a dotted line drawn across the point of the pattern piece. When your pieces are pinned together, place a pin along this line on the point as a reference for when to stop and pivot. This will help you to sew the flag accurately with a 1cm seam allowance on both sides.
Sew a 1cm seam allowance along the two long edges to make a ‘v’ shape, making sure to not sew the top closed as you’ll need to turn them through!
Stage 3 – Preparing your bunting flags.
Trim the excess fabric off at the point to reduce the fullness. Turn the flags the right way round and carefully poke the point through with small scissors. Iron the flags so that they are all flat and neat. Trim any excess off the top so that you have a neat straight line.
Stage 4 – Pinning your flags onto the grosgrain.
Allowing a long length for the tie on one end, place your first flag onto the grosgrain so that it sits just under halfway down from the top. Pin in place. Measure 10cm along and place the next flag in position. Repeat for the rest of the flags. Leave a long length at the other end also for the tie.
You can either tack the flags on at this stage, or sew them on using a long stitch length which will keep them all in place. If you are confident, you can skip to the next step.
Fold the grosgrain down over the raw edge of the bunting flags and pin in place. This is where you will notice that it is important that you have placed them under halfway so that the grosgrain sits equally over the raw edge. You don’t need to fold the tie sections in half, just sew along where the flags are.
Stage 5 – Sewing your flags onto the grosgrain.
Using zig-zag stitch, width 4-5 and length 2.5, stitch along the length of the grosgrain keeping the foot lined up with the edges to sew along the centre.
Try a fancy stitch too for that special finishing touch!
Fold over the ends of the ties twice and stitch down with straight stitch. Alternatively, you can burn the edges with a gas lighter to seal them to stop them fraying. This is a great tip for ribbons too! Just be careful when doing it!
Stage 6 – Finishing your bunting.
And that is it! Your bunting is ready to be hung up in time for those Summer garden parties or to brighten up your home.
Please let me know how you get on making your bunting and if you have any questions, then please just get in touch!
Do share pictures on my facebook fanpage as I love to see what everyone makes.
Thanks! Helen @AllSewnUp