How to Make a Fabric Bunting

A couple weeks ago I hosted a Vintage Bunting Baby Shower for my younger sister.  The theme was brought together with a bunting design on the invitations, cookies, and a homemade fabric bunting hanging behind the food table and drink table.  I chose fabric colors and patterns I knew my sister would like, and I gave her the buntings after the shower to hang in the baby’s room.

If you have a sewing machine and even the most basic sewing skills, you can make a pretty bunting like this to dress up a party, a child’s bedroom, or playroom.

~ How to make a fabric bunting ~

Supplies-
Fabric (woven, 100% cotton, or cotton blend)
Cutting mat
Rotary cutter (or scissors)
Ruler, or straight edge
Cardstock template (mine was about 6.5 inches wide at the base, and 8.5 inches tall)
Fabric bias tape (shown below as step #9)

1.-2.  Fold the fabric in half, so you are cutting two layers at a time.  Place your cardstock template on top of the fabric, use a ruler or straight edge to guide your cutting, and cut fabric with a rotary cutter.  If you don’t have a cutting mat and rotary cutter, feel free to adjust the directions and use scissors to cut the fabric triangles.
3.  Lay your two triangle shapes right sides together (as shown).

4.  Sew along the two long sides of the triangle shapes (do not sew the short side).
5.  Trim any excess fabric near the tip of the triangle (as shown above), this will help give you a nice sharp point when you turn your fabric right side out.
6.  Turn your fabric right side out, and use a pointed tool (but not too sharp) to push into the very tip, corner of the fabric (I used a bone folder).

Continue sewing as many triangles as you need, then iron them nice and flat.  (You’ll notice the tips of the triangles are not sharp, and can be a little wonky… do the best you can, it’s a handmade item, it doesn’t need to look like a machine made it)

7.-8.  When your triangle shapes have been ironed, trim off any excess threads, and the tiny points of fabric sticking up.
9.  To attach all of your triangle shapes together you’ll need a package of “Extra Wide Double Fold” bias tape (this is sold near ribbon or thread in the fabric department).  Make sure it is “Double Fold”.

Line up your triangles in the pattern you want.

Time to assemble!
1. Start by sewing along 12″-15″ of bias tape, sewing closed the fold of the bias tape.
2.  Once you have a “tail” of bias tape your desired length, add your first triangle by opening the bias tape fold,  and slipping in the top of the triangle (as shown above).
3.  Continue sewing along the bias tape, now sewing the first triangle inside.
4.  Continue this process, adding triangles until you have reached your desired bunting length.  When you’ve attached all of the triangles, sew a “tail” of bias tape at the end of the bunting (just as you did at the beginning).  Note- most bias tape comes in a length of 3 yards, so if you don’t want to have an extra seam along the top of your bunting, plan that your bunting will be less than 9′.

Vintage Bunting Baby Shower

You’re done! Hang up your pretty fabric bunting (I love Command adhesive hooks) and enjoy!

~ An important note about Glorious Treats ~

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76 comments

  1. Queda preciosa la guirnalda, muchas gracias por la idea!!!

  2. Y encimas coses también…madre mía estás hecha una artista.
    Muy buena idea

  3. I am so going to do this..but I am going to have to have my husband do the sewing :)

  4. An artist … I love everything you do, you have been beautiful the fabric bunting!!

  5. I am really looking forward to the introduction of your upcoming dot com address. Cannot wait for the new format. COngrats.

  6. I do love buntings, made one for my patio this year and it looks so pretty! :-)

  7. Okay – I'm lovin this whole theme! I gotta throw a baby shower for my Daughter in August. I am all thumbs with this kinda stuff. Thx for the tutorials and the ideas!

  8. Thank you for always generously sharing your creativity with us! I look forward to your new blog launch! Kris

  9. thank you so much for this tutorial! as my little one's first birthday is looming closer and closer, i really wanted to make one…and now i have no excuse!

    (i love your blog, btw)

  10. Love the bunting!!! Good luck with your move, I'm sure it will all go smoothly!!! I'm a GFC follower, but I've also got you on facebook! Are you on bloglovin' as well?

  11. How cute Glory!
    I've already made your bunting cookies for a friend. She loved them!
    I so appreciate you sharing your creativity.
    I sit down to a blank cookie and my mind is as blank as the naked cookie looking back at me!
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Thanks for sharing, this is fabulous! My twins are turning 2 in a little over a month so I am planning their party and this will be perfect over the buffet!

  13. You always share great stuff, thanks so much!

  14. Thanks for the tutorial. I love the bunting in various shades of blue – so fresh and pretty.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

  15. Hi darling! I love your blog! What's about follow each other? I'll wait for you on my pages: http://www.francescainthekitchen.blogspot.com. Have a wonderful day!!

  16. Yur bunting is so cute! I want to make a smaller/shorter version for my front door:)

  17. I love the new look! Super cute and more like your style! Great change!
    Love you!
    ~Cecilia

  18. Beatiful and sweet to personalize any party.

  19. Congratulations for your new look, I find it very beautiful, like it very much…!!!

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  21. **YAY!! Thank you so so much!! I have been dying to make one of these!! My first on will be out of various Hawaiian print materials!! Love you and your website/blog/FB page!! <3 <3 <3 <3 . I am definitely sharing you with my friends!! Respectfully, Kat XOXOXOXO

  22. **Do you have a good tutorial for making letters to spell something out on the bunting flags?? ((-; Thank you!! I just now ‘shared’ this with my 400+ Face Book friends!! It was so easy to share it. Thank you lil’ darlin’ . <3 <3

  23. Thank You so much for this tutorial. I have been wondering how to do this and can’t wait to try it out! I would not have known where to begin…thanks for making it so easy!

  24. Hiya,
    followed you instructions, they were easy to follow and I’m so happy with the results!

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  31. Thank you for this awesome tutorial! I’ve made two different buntings using this method. Super easy, and the finished product is impressive.

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  35. Thank you! I have made two lots of bunting now, and have used your instructions here – thanks for posting this

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  42. Thanks so much for this tutorial, it looks very simple. I’ve been wanting to make one of these for my babies nursery, looking forward to using your steps!
    hugs!

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  44. Thank you for sharing as this is just what I needed. Simple instructions so easy to follow. Will certainly look at you fore coming details in the future.

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  47. Found you via google. What a perfect tutorial! Thank you so much! Just what I needed. :)

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  50. Hi,

    I used your tutorial to make my first bunting. It turned out really well! Check out my blog to see the results.

    P x

  51. Thankyou! Wonderful instructions – just what I needed, especially how to get the points of the flags crisp.

  52. Your instructions are great! I’m at the point where I am trying to sew the bias tape to the flags but my machine keeps pushing it through the hole under the needle. Any tips for this??
    Thanks!

    • Kathleen, My first thought is that you need a new needle. Sounds like the needle is punching through the fabric, more than piercing through it. Best of luck!

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  54. Thanks so much for these instructions! really well laid out and simple to follow!

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  59. Thank you so much! Your tutorial was awesome. Easiest one online to follow. I am a novice when it comes to sewing, and tonight I just completed a bunting for my expecting cousin in 2 hours and the results are fabulous!! I surprised myself. :-)

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  62. Thank you so much for your post. I used this to help me make my first bunting with teal, dark grey, soft grey/blue, chevron teal & white, chevron silver & white with a dark grey trim at the top. It’s turned out magnificently I’m so happy with the result!!

  63. Thanks for the tutorial on bunting. I will be making yards and yards of it for my daughter’s wedding in June 2015. I plan on making my own bias tape as my banners have to be extra long! Thanks again.

  64. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Thanks for sharing. I am a faithful follower of both your blogs. Thanks!

  65. I’ve been wanting to make something like this for a long time but had no sewing machine. Well, I finally got one and your tutorial helped it happen just in time for my daughter’s birthday! Thank you! :)

  66. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial. I just made one of these for part of my niece’s baby shower gift and it came out so cute. Can’t wait ’til she sees it!

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  69. Hi,
    Thanks for the inspiration, went down a treat today when I used them for a baby shower.
    I found a slightly altered technique more efficient:
    Trace on the fabric using your cardboard stencil, then leave a 1cm space and trace the next one upside down. Continue along the length of fabric.
    Use the machine to stitch along the markings and then you can just cut between them in the 1cm space, and you’re virtually done.
    Turn inside out, iron, sew with bias tape.
    Thanks

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  73. I am from England and just wanted to tell you love your site really kitsch and so easy to follow your instructions on bunting now on my second one, will continue to follow you with interest

    Sheena

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