Let’s make some bunting!
I love bunting! You can really shabby up any decor with a bit of bunting. Depending on your fabric choices, you can make them for baby nurseries, celebrations, garden patios and pretty much anywhere you want to add a bit of cottage charm!
This is a free pattern and tutorial I put together to sew some simple fabric bunting.
This pattern makes a 3m / 59″ length of BUNTING with 8 triangles
approximately 30cm / 12″ wide
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4 mixed fabrics, each approximately 50cm square
1m piece of white cotton fabric to make the bias binding OR 3m length bias
matching threads for your chosen fabrics
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Making the triangles:
1. Print off and cut out the template provided. Cut a total of 16 triangles, 4
from each fabric you have chosen.
2. With right sides facing, pin 2 triangles together and repeat with the other
3. Stitch each triangle set together, following the marks from A through to C,
turning at B, leaving the top edge open.
4. Neaten the raw edges with a serger (overlock) or zig zag stitch, but this is
5. Snip across the point of each triangle, ensuring not to cut through the
stitching. Doing this will lessen the amount of fabric in the point once it is
turned out the right way.
6. Turn each triangle the right way out and gently ease the point out with a
knitting needle or something similar. Press each triangle bunting flat.
Adding the Bias Binding:
1. Make the binding, following the instructions supplied.
2. Place the binding (handmade or bought!) flat on your work surface in front
of you. Mark the halfway point.
3. Organise your bunting triangles into the sequence of your choice. Starting
from the halfway point on your bias binding, pin each triangle inside the
binding working outward. Leave a 10cm gap between triangles. You should end
up with 4 bunting triangles left of the halfway mark, and 4 triangles to the
right of the halfway mark. There should also be excess binding either end.
4. Ensure to pin the binding carefully so that you catch the back-side of the
binding as well! When you stitch later, the placement of your pins will help to
ensure that the back-side of the binding is caught in the stitching
5. Lastly, starting at one end, stitch the binding with a straight stitch, and
continue along the entire 3m length, stitching each triangle to the binding as
you go. Neaten each binding end by folding over twice and stitching down.
Press the completed bunting before hanging!!!
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How to make Bias Binding using a Bias Tape Maker – watch this video!