Advice on making bunting please!

(15 Posts)
Dingle Sun 07-Apr-13 10:38:31

I want to try my hand at making a small piece of bunting, about 1-2 meters. I am not a seamstress although I can do the basics.

Any links or advice please? Also recommendations for cheapish fabric suppliers please?

Thank you.

SavoyCabbage Sun 07-Apr-13 10:44:10

Well, you could do the pinking shears kind where you cut the fabric with pinking shears and then you don't have to sew it.

Or cut out a triangle from card and either sew two together or not if you don't want to.

I used wide ribbon for my 'string'. You could glue gun it on or sew it.

Dingle Sun 07-Apr-13 10:51:06

I think I would prefer to sew rather than used pinking shears and use either ribbon or binding. I'd like it to be more hard wearing as it's for the home. (The distract from the ugliness of our piano! grin]

SavoyCabbage Sun 07-Apr-13 10:53:53

Yes, mine is indoor bunting too. It only took a couple of hours. I used old shirts, pjs and some dresses my dds have grown out of as well as some fabric I had.

sooperdooper Sun 07-Apr-13 17:11:37

I made some bunting yesterday for my friend's wedding smile

You won't need much fabric for 1-2 meters of bunting, half a mtr or less of fabric will do it

I made a template out of cardboard, and cut out all the triangles, sewed them right sides together and turned through, give them a quick iron once they're turned the right way. I used a wide ribbon for the top, ironed it in half, and sewed each flag into the crease, that way you get a really nice net edge on both sides smile You could use binding in the same way for the top

Dingle Sun 07-Apr-13 17:35:10

Ooo, thank you. Will have a look around for suitable fabrics. I have some old curtains I could use but would really like a mish mash of toning colours and patterns!

LatteLady Sun 07-Apr-13 20:10:52

Dingle, here are a couple of tutorials that I wrote a couple of years ago... for basic bunting and another for mini bunting. Hope you find them helpful.

Just remember all you are doing is sewing in straight lines... and if I can do it, you certainly can!

Sailormercury Sun 07-Apr-13 20:26:31

Aberkhans is really good for fabric. You can order online as well of you're not nearby to a store.

plipplops Wed 10-Apr-13 14:51:19

I made some out of an old curtain (quite a heavy cotton). I was after quantity, not quality (there's about 30m of it!), so just cut the triangles and sewed round the edges with a zigzag stitch to stop them fraying. Then machines them onto a long bit of fabric tape. It's been used loads (and left out in the rain last summer for a few weeks) and isn't fraying or anything, I'm really pleased with it...

Dingle Thu 11-Apr-13 09:50:00

I have found some old curtains that I might have a trial run with! grin

Dingle Fri 12-Apr-13 17:17:39

Whoops, a bundle of fabric jumped into my basket!!!!!grin

Dingle Sat 13-Apr-13 17:19:07

gringrin I did a trial run today!!!!! AND my fabric arrived this morning.

Now I am looking at pwetty bias binding!

Oh no, what have I started? You didn't warn me it was addictive! Everything will be wrapped in bunting if I am not careful! hmm

Wow so lovely. TI want to make DS a lovely hungry caterpillar set with his name to hang over his bed. Thanks for the inspiration Dingle! I bought myself a sewing machine today but have too much work to do to open it for a few weeks! so an procrastinating imagining all the fun i'm going to have over the summer

Dingle Tue 16-Apr-13 11:05:39

That sound great daveydavidson. My original inspiration was Christmas themed, so IF it all goes to plan I am going to make another seasonal one! winkwink

Dingle Sun 12-May-13 19:14:32

It's taken a long time, my little triangles have been moved around from room to room, all in various stages of readiness! BUT at last I have made up a small length which is now proudly hanging on my piano!

Tempted to try to re-upholster the old piano stool next! Thank you for the advice and inspiration! xx

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