How To Make Bunting

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Making a bunting is a brilliant way of cheaply and colourfully decorating any space, be it for a garden, baby shower, bedroom decor or party occasion. And it is so easy to make! It is certainly a beginner sewing project. With this bunting tutorial today, I am going to show you how to make bunting for your own special occasion or home decor project. With Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee coming up this summer, I will show you how to sew bunting in  wonderful fabric that will be perfect for a Royal Jubilee street party!

Plus, read on until the end where you can find the chance to win some gorgeous bunting fabric –  perfect for making your own jubilee bunting!

*Ad – all the fabric in this post was gifted by Fabric Love – a small independent fabric store in Colchester, UK. All opinions are honest and my own. For more details, please see my disclosure policy.

How To Make Bunting Using Fabric – Tutorial And Giveaway!

How To Make Bunting - Make your own homemade fabric bunting with this easy sewing tutorial. Suitable as a beginner sewing project, learning how to sew bunting means that you can creat pretty and simple decor for every occasion. Use it to brighten up your garden or bedroom decor, or even for a wedding or baby shower. This easy guide with how to make a triangle flag bunting template is the perfect way to make bunting flags. DIY bunting to make. Great fat quarter and fabric scrap buster.

With this easy fabric bunting tutorial, you will soon be making gorgeous DIY fabric bunting for all over your house and garden. Whatever the occasion, homemade bunting can brighten up your decor. And because it is washable, it is easily taken down and reusable again and again, unlike the horrible flimsy plastic kind, that rips after one use.

So – are you ready to learn how to make flag bunting? Then read on!

Making A Template For Your Bunting

I like quite large flags for my bunting, but you can make as small or as large as you wish. Here is a Bunting Triangle template for smaller flags, but you can also quickly make a paper template. 

Take a sheet of A4 paper (210mm by 297mm) and fold it in half lengthways. Measure a point 24cm from the top of the centre line and mark. Connect the mark you have just created with the top corners, then cut this out to get a flag template. Making 9 flags to this template will create around 1.5 metre (5 foot) of bunting.

How To Make A Flag Template for Bunting

 

What You Will Need For Your Bunting

 

Materials needed for fabric bunting

  • Fabric – I prefer cotton, but a poly cotton can also work well.
  • Scissors/rotary cutter, ruler, coordinating thread, pins and a sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Bias binding or a bias tape.
  • A flag template

The lovely people at Fabric Love sent me a selection of their Union Jack fabrics with which to make my project. I was sent:

How To Make Bunting Flags

Use your template to cut out as many triangles as you need. 

Remember, you need twice the number of triangles as the number of flags you need. And so you need 18 triangles to make 9 flags.

(Fabric love sent to me this already preprinted vintage bunting flag fabric. All I needed to do was cut halfway in-between all the preprinted flags to get the perfect size – you can find this on their website here.)

 Union Jack Bunting Panel

Top Tip: Do remember to check if your fabric has a directional pattern. If your fabric does have patterns that only run one way you may end up with a lot of waste fabric, or have to concede that some of your flag designs are upside down.

Put the triangle of fabric right sides together and pin at the corners.

Bunting flag pinned together

Use a 1cm seam allowance and sew a straight stitch down the two sides of the triangles, leaving the top side straight edge open. 

Close up of tip of flag showing stitching

Trim the seam allowances to 5mm and trim the tip of the pointed end almost up to the stitching, but not into it.

Clipped corners and tip of bunting flag

Turn the flag the right way out, push out the tip with a pointed instrument or knitting needle, and give it a good press so that it lays flat.

Pressed bunting flag

Attaching Your Bunting Triangles To The Bias Tape

 

Take your bias binding or bias tape and cut the length you need. Fold over the bias lengthways. You may wish to press it.

Leave about 10cm at one end, then sandwich the raw edges of the top of the flag between the two sides of the bias. Pin it into place, ensuring that both corners and the middle of the top of the flag are securely sandwiched. I use pins but you can use clips.

Pinning bunting flag to bias

Place the next flag – you can place the flag straight away with no gap. Or alternatively leave a gap between flags, but do ensure that you leave exactly the same gap between each flag if you do it this way.

Once all the triangles are pinned into place, take it to your sewing machine and sew a straight stitch almost at the edge of the bias tape. Ensure that you catch the front of the bias, the bunting flag and the back of the tape. Sew all the way across all the flags in this way, until you reach the other free end of tape. 

Sewing through all the layers to make the fabric bunting

Trim the second free end of tape to match the beginning. I leave around 10cm of free tape at either end so that I can knot, pin or nail the ends to attach the bunting to it’s final destination.

Hang your bunting, step back and enjoy your creation! And now you know how to make homemade bunting, I’m betting you will be making it from all colours and fabrics to coordinate with every occasion!

How To Make Bunting - Make your own homemade fabric bunting with this easy sewing tutorial. Suitable as a beginner sewing project, learning how to sew bunting means that you can creat pretty and simple decor for every occasion. Use it to brighten up your garden or bedroom decor, or even for a wedding or baby shower. This easy guide with how to make a triangle flag bunting template is the perfect way to make bunting flags. DIY bunting to make. Great fat quarter and fabric scrap buster.

 

Want An Even Easier Way Of Making Bunting – Or Don’t Have A Lot Of Fabric? How To Make Easy Bunting.

The tutorial above is an easy way to make bunting. But there are lots of other homemade bunting ideas. You can even make bunting with scrap fabric!  Why not try my Easiest Bunting Ever tutorial? Find my free bunting template and make this really easy bunting. 

How To Make The Easiest Bunting Ever - this bunting is quick, easy, simple to make and uses up your fabric scraps. Get the free template here

 

Or if you have fabric scraps left over you could use them to make easy no sew rag garland, these are perfect for even the smallest children to help make, and add a boho chic to any occasion!

Make a rag garland

And Now It’s Time For A Giveaway!

 

Now you know how to make fabric bunting you can Win a set of fabric and bias tape to make bunting of your own! Fabric Love have kindly gifted me a set of 6 fat quarters of fabric in Jubilee colours to give away to my readers. This is tied with just over 1.5 metres of bias tape for you to use when making your bunting! 

In the bundle are

  • 3 x Rose & Hubble Union Jack prints
  • 1 x quality cotton plain white fabric
  • 2 x pea spot cottons

Fat quarters measure 50cm x 70cm and are all 100% cotton.

Prize for fabric bunting giveaway

 

For a chance to win, enter using the form below. And good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

The competition is open to entrants over 18 yrs from the UK only. The winner will be chosen at random after the competition closes – but see the full t&cs below.

Terms and Conditions of Giveaway

  • Giveaway ends at midnight on 31st March 2022 (00:00 on 23/3/22)
  • There is one prize only – which consists of 6 fat quarters of cotton fabric worth £15.90
  • The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.  
  • This giveaway is limited to UK entrants aged 18 or over. If you enter from out of the UK, your entry will be deleted.
  • By providing your information, you are agreeing to provide your name and address to myself so that I can arrange your prize. In this case the prize will be sent by Royal Mail.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
  • The Winner will be contacted within 48 hours of the giveaway ending. I will contact the winner by email, but may also use direct messaging on Twitter or Instagram. Please note – this messaging will only be from my official account. Indeed, if any other account tries to contact you, do not respond or give any personal details.
  • If no response is received from the Winner within 30 days of being contacted, a subsequent Winner may be selected. 
  • Finally, entry to this prize draw confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If you have any additional questions, please contact me.

Good Luck!

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How To Make Bunting - Make your own homemade fabric bunting with this easy sewing tutorial. Suitable as a beginner sewing project, learning how to sew bunting means that you can creat pretty and simple decor for every occasion. Use it to brighten up your garden or bedroom decor, or even for a wedding or baby shower. This easy guide with how to make a triangle flag bunting template is the perfect way to make bunting flags. DIY bunting to make. Great fat quarter and fabric scrap buster.

12 Replies to “How To Make Bunting”

  1. Alison Johnson says:

    I always assumed it was pink but my husband pointed to all the purple items I have in my home & clothing so now I know it is defintely PURPLE xx

    Reply
  2. Christine Constable says:

    I love the colour blue, the colour of a sunny sky, a beautiful sea, and cornflowers

    Reply

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