So, I decided to make some for our room.
|How to make beautiful bunting!|
Be aware, I am a beginner sewer and this is my first project.
Please excuse my non-technical terms and very novice tips (eg. using pegs!).
Overview: cut out flags (two side to each flag), sew side edges, sew onto binding and you're done.
Time: As this was my first project (ever!) it did take me a while. Probably about 4 hours in total.
I think I would be able to do it in about 1-2 hours next time as I'll be more confident (and less worried about making mistakes).
Cutting the fabric into triangles : about 1 hour
Sewing the sides: about 1-1.5 hours
Sewing to binding: about 45 minutes.
What's you'll need:
|Scissors, thread, bias binding and pins|
- Sewing machine (I use a Janome Inspiration - great for beginners)
- Fabric - about 1.5m of 2 different fabrics (this makes leftovers if using 3m binding)
- Bias binding (I used 3m)
- Scissors, measuring tape
- A4 cardboard (for template)
- Iron (to iron fabric)
- hooks (if you want to hang bunting on a wall)
Step 1: Make a triangle template. I just cut out a triangle out of cardboard.
There are lots of templates online, but I just guessed.
|Fold fabric and place template over fabric|
I found it quite tricky to keep the template still when cutting, so I used pegs!
|The flags after they had been cut up|
|Pin both side edges - leave the top open|
Remember: sew the flags inside out! This will make a huge difference if your fabric has two different sides.
|Sewing edges of flags|
|Cut just after seam. Turn inside out.|
|A lovely pile of flags!|
|Trim the ends so that the flag has a straight top.|
Step 8: Pin flags to bias binding by folding the binding over the top (open) edge.
I used a nice thick bias binding and it was much easier.
Leave about 15cm on either end so that you can tie it around hooks.
|Pinning the flags to the bias binding|
|All pinned to binding|
Step 9: Time to sew.
This can be tricky as sometimes the binding can come away from the flag.
You need to sew the flag between the folded binding.
I did reversed sewing before and after each flag to ensure it was joined properly.
|Sew a straight line over the binding|
|Make sure you check that the flag is tucked up under the binding.|
|Bunting above bed|
Let me know if you've made bunting. I'd love to hear how it went.