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!

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76 comments

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

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

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  9. 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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  12. 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!!

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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! :)

  16. 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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  19. 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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  23. 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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