How to make bunting

If you want to make bunting for the Queen's birthday, here's how. Whether you are crafting royalty, or don't know your bias tape from your pinking shears, we have it covered

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Bunting for beginners



This easy bunting is 100% faff-free, and uses strips of fabric instead of triangles. 

You will need

  • Fabric of your choice - old clothes or curtains in jolly colours are a good start. Alternatively, you can buy quilting 'bundles' from eBay quite cheap
  • Good quality fabric pinking shears  - sawtooth-edged fabric scissors, available from craft shops, John Lewis and online
  • Twine or rope, piping cord, washing line etc 

Method

1. Chop your fabric into strips. The beauty of pinking shears is that you don't need to cut in a straight line. Just aim to get them roughly the same size.

2. Tie the fabric strips on to your line in a knot. You will need quite a lot of strips to cover a long length of rope/twine/piping cord.

3. Drape festively around. 

4. That's it. No sewing. No glueing. No ironing. No faffing about with interfacing. Job done.


Traditional bunting


You will need

  • Fabric of your choice
  • 13mm-wide bias binding tape
  • Pinking shears 
  • Needle and thread

Method

1. Make a cardboard triangular flag template to use for cutting.

2. Pin the template to your fabric and cut around it. Repeat until you have enough flags. (See the tip below about placing triangles next to one another to avoid waste).

3. If you are sewing your triangles together, you can interface at this point. Sew together - 1cm hem usually works.

4. Pin the flags evenly along your bias binding tape.

5. Sew on the flags with a straight stitch, leaving at least 40cm of tape free from flags at each end for hanging. 


Mumsnetters' bunting tips



"How much fabric you need depends entirely on the size of your triangles. I made 50m of bunting using two old duvet covers, plus lots of scraps of fabric. My triangles were about 9" long and 5" across." 

"If using fabric by the metre (as opposed to scraps) be sure to cut your triangles so that they are next to each other to avoid waste. But be careful if you have a pattern, as half the flags will end up upside down." 

"Two triangles sewn together means you can string the bunting up in places where people can see both sides."

"If you're happy for the triangles to be less than 5" across, try a moda charm pack." 

"Just buy a few metres of each colour (three colours always looks the best)." 

"Try hemming your triangles for a compromise between having a fluttery or finished edge, by pressing a 1cm hem and zigzagging with matching thread." 

"I used bias binding for the string - I'm a convert." 

"If you want to use cotton on both sides, use medium interfacing (an iron-on reinforcement for fabric), which will make it nice and durable." 

"I like paper bunting for an indoor party. It's really quick and effective." 

 

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Last updated: 5 months ago