Sewing 101: Make your own bunting.

Bunting has a traditional triangle shape,  altho you can use these steps with any design of your own. 
You will need a selection of fabrics, fabric scissors, pins, ready made bias, chalk, buttons, needle and thread and your sewing machine. 
A sewing gauge is helpful to push the  pointy ends but you can use a wooden stirrer from coffee shops. They are wonderful and free.Fabrics used were a gift from Minerva Craft. 
Create template by drawing your triangle at the size your prefer. Mine has 8 inches (20,5 cm). This size will fit 4 complete buntings on a fat quarter with some left over that can be used as bias later.
Press your fabric.
With your fabric folded in half, trace your triangles with chalk and cut. You can either fold your fabric right sides down or up. If you intend to use the same fabric on both sides it would be easier cutting the fabric right sides together. I’m mix and matching, so it doesn’t matter. Repeat until you have cut all your triangles.
Place right sides together, matching all the edges perfectly.
Pin the sides 1 cm from the edge, leaving the top unpinned.

Starting from the top beginning, sew a straight stitch. Don’t forget to back stitch at the start.

Continue to sew 1 cm seam allowance until 1 cm left to the end edge of the fabric. With your needle down, raise the presser foot, turning the fabric until the edge of your presser foot is positioned. Lower your presser foot and continue to sew.
Repeat until you have sewn all your triangles.

Trim the excess on the sides.
Snip off the points carefully.

Turn all your triangles right side up. Tiding up your points. Only push gently to not burst the seams.

Repeat to all your triangles.

Press, starting at the point and moving downwards. Be careful to not twist the fabric. The seams must be at the centre, not showing on any sides. Trim any “ears” on the top

At the beginning of the bias fold in a triangular shape and close the bias in half.
Decide how much do you want to leave at the sides before start attaching the bunting. For this project I left 4 inches (10 cm) in length before attaching my first bunting.

Fit the bias binding over the edge of the triangle. Make sure the triangle is pushed at the same distance on the fold, pinning in place.

The distance between each bunting is up to you. Can be spaced from 1/2 in (1cm) up to 2,5 inches (6 cm).

Pin all your bunting in place. Always pin with the project facing you, that way the pins will be positioned correctly allowing you to take them out as you sew.

Starting from the beginning of the bias, machine stitch along the edge of the bias binding using a straight stitch. Don’t forget to back stitch.

Create a loop at the end of each side of your bunting.
Tuck your raw end under if you didn’t tuck in before at the start. Add a decorative flair by adding a pretty button.
Hang on your favourite spot.

  • Okay, so why are you sewing a 1cm seam if you are then going to trim it? Quilters never trim seams and start with 1/4 inch. Just a thought. You pretty bunting project looks like it would be a neat way to use of dribs and drabs of novelty cotton prints one can never bear to throw away.

    Theresa in Tucson

    • So true, darling. I though this way was easier for beginner to use the presser feet as a quire. Of course people can buy the 1/4 feet straight off.

    • Guide

  • I have always wondered how buntings were done, thanks for showing in clear and simple steps!

  • This would be a perfect backdrop for one of my photoshoots!

  • I’ve never thought about it, but bunting would be a fun touch for my next party!

  • Rachel your bunting is absolutely gorgeous! But there are MUCH faster ways to assemble the triangles. I did a tutorial on my shop blog about it that you might find useful? I just pink the triangles but the information applies to double sided bunting too. Bless!

    • Thanks darling. That why sewing is so much fun.. People can make in many different ways.

    • That is so true! And why I love this blogging community, even after nearly 40 years of sewing I learn amazing new things every week! 🙂

    • Me too,I have been dressmaking for over 25 yrs and always learn new things especially with my little girl,I am looking for lots if,quick toddler projects! 🙂

  • This is really clear and I’m sure would give a beginner the confidence to make something beautiful. There are many ways to do the same thing!

  • super cette créa !