I see gorgeous bunting popping up all over blog land right now, so I thought it was high time to share an easy DIY with all of you. I love that it can be strung up for an elegant classic look or give off a boho vibe depending upon which fabric you choose. Bunting can be used for parties, weddings, home decor, nurseries or even to spruce up a craft fair booth. Let’s get started!
You will need:
½ yard of fabric of your choice
3 yards of bias tape in a coordinating color
Thread in a coordinating color
Cardboard or paper for making a template
Make a template for your bunting out of cardboard or thick paper – ours is 8” high and 6” across the top.
Fold your fabric in half, selvage to selvage with the cut edges to the right and left (this makes cutting quicker!). If your fabric is still wider than your ruler, you can fold it again so that the center fold is on top of the selvage – make sure fold is nice and straight.
Cut the folded fabric into 8” strips (or the height of your template) across the whole width of the fabric from selvage to selvage.
Using your template, mark triangles across the whole strip from the selvedge to the middle fold – no need to unfold it. Alternate triangles upside down and right way up to make the most of your fabric (unless it’s directional!). Cut the triangles out through both layers. A rotary cutter will make this job a easier, but it’s not necessary!
Sew 2 triangles together with the rights sides of the fabric touching. When you get to the bottom pointed portion of the triangle, lift your presser foot and pivot the needle in your fabric, then sew up the other side. Use a ¼” seam allowance and a back stitch at both top corners to secure the seam. You don’t need to sew the short top side together. Repeat until your triangles are all sewn together.
Trim the seam allowance at the points to help make the corners sharp. Careful not to trim through your stitching!
Turn the triangles the right way out. It helps to use something pointy to poke the corners out, like a chopstick or an old pen. Press them for a crisp look.
Unfold the bias tape and place it, right sides together, onto the back of your fabric triangle. Sew along the first fold line of the bias tape. Our bunting has 1″ between each triangle flag and we started attaching the flags 12″ from the end of the bias tape. This leaves a length of tape to tie up the bunting. Finish 12″ from the opposite end. We used 17 triangles in total.
Fold the bias tape around the top raw edge of the triangles to the front side. Sew along the length of the bias tape finish the raw edge.
If you plan on selling your bunting make sure to add a label. Labels are the perfect way to brand your handmade items. A folded woven logo label looks amazing! We attached ours at the end next to the last triangle flag. Happy sewing!
Seamstress: Emma Lorenz
Tutorial Photo Credit: Emma Lorenz