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 ~
Fabric (woven, 100% cotton, or cotton blend)
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′.
You’re done! Hang up your pretty fabric bunting (I love Command adhesive hooks) and enjoy!
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