Easy Bunting Tutorial

I love making Bunting!  So thought I would share with you a quick tutorial on how to make something as pretty as this:

First of all you will need to buy some fabric – I usually buy mine in packs of Fat Quarters, these ones I found in Aldi:

You will also need some binding:

Once you have your fabrics, first you will need to iron them flat, get rid of any creases.  And then you will need to cut your fabric into 15cm wide strips – if you do this correctly you should get 3 strips from one fat quarter.  Here you can see I have a rotary cutter and a proper cutting mat – which makes things a lot easier, but it can still be done with scissors and a ruler.

The next step is to measure out your triangles – an easy way of doing this is to mark at 14cm intervals along the top of the fabric.

Along the bottom you need to mark in the same way, only start with the first mark at 7cm, then every 14cm along.

Now you just join the dots to form a zig zag pattern, and either use scissors to cut along your lines, or use a rotary cutter like me.

And now you will have your triangles, you should be able to make 9 complete triangles from one fat quarter.

Take two triangles in matching fabrics and place right sides together (i.e. prints facing each other). Pin in position.

I like to do all my triangles at once – it saves time in the long run, here is my pile of triangles ready to be sewn together.

Now it is best to use a sewing machine to stitch your triangles together, but if you have patience it can be done by hand.  The images below show how to sew your two pieces of fabric together – remember to leave the top unstitched for turning inside out later!

Basically sew down one side and back up the other (remembering to back stitch at the beginning and end to secure stitches in place).  This is what your sewn triangle should look like.

Snip the end off, being careful not to cut through the stitches!

Turn inside out and either use your scissors (closed!) or the end of a pencil to push out the trip of the triangle – this helps it to be more pointy.

Iron flat.

Do this for each triangle – I like to sew them all first, then snip them, then turn them all inside out, and then iron them all – it makes it quicker and an easier process, getting each stage out of the way in one go.

Here is my pile of ironed triangles!

Next I would recommend snipping off the rough edges at the top, to give your triangles a smooth top line – this will make it easier later when you are sewing them into the binding.

Here you can see the difference in the unsnipped and the snipped neater version.

Now you will need to select your binding – I used to use ribbon for this but found it too slippery and unpredictable on a sewing machine.  So I treated myself to some proper binding, which you can find on Amazon or online craft shops.

Lay out your triangles in the order you want and spaced as you would like them – I usually leave a gap of about 1cm between my triangles.  And then measure out how much binding you will need – leaving enough at either end for hanging loops

I like to fold my binding over at the ends to prevent any fraying.

Then you will need to fold over length ways and you can pin it, but I find it easier not to pin it, you can hold it in position as you put it through the machine.

Secure the end under the foot and start stitching along the edge until you reach the point where you want your first flag to be.

Then just insert your flag into the binding – making sure it is pushed right into the fold, then hold it tight as you sew over it with the machine.  As long as you are holding the binding and the bunting together – it should be a smooth, easy process.

When you are ready for the next flag, just pop it into the binding and keep on sewing (you can pause the sewing while you faff and get it straight – you don’t need to keep your foot on the pedal – that would be ludicrous!)

And just keep going, inserting the triangles as you go.

Once you have done the last flag – bring your beginning up to the sewing machine so you can see how long you need your end to be – I never calculate it properly in the beginning, so this is the easy way for me to ensure I have two lengths the same at each side!

Remember to fold over the very end to prevent fraying.  And now it is up to you whether you create a loop on each end for hanging – just by folding the ends over again to create a loop.

Once finished, you should have something like this.

Alternatively, you can buy this bunting here https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookAndMarvellous?ref=search_shop_redirect

or you can purchase a do it yourself kit here