I love buntings and making them is quite easy. You can’t go wrong with fabric choices or shape of the little flags. Buntings announce anything you want, a season, party, birth, gathering, anything you can think of!
Here’s a tutorial of how I make a bunting using a few fat quarters of my favorite French General fabric and a vintage ticking I had on hand. My bunting measures approx. 11 feet long with nine flags. One flag is hiding in the picture below 🙂
What you’ll need: assorted cotton fabric, scissors, cardboard, sewing machine, iron, pencil.
I drew my rounded triangle template from a cereal box. The triangle measures 7″ across by 6 3/4″ high. Just like making a heart, fold a piece of paper in half, draw your rounded triangle on the fold, cut it out and trace onto cardboard.
Trace your template onto the wrong side of your different fabrics and make sure to trace two each on the same fabric, one for the front and one for the back to be sewn together. I cut out 18 triangles to make 9 flags.
After you cut out your triangles, take two, put rights sides together and sew, being sure to leave the top open. Trim off the tip and cut out little notches to get rid of any bulk in the seam being careful to NOT cut through your stitching.
Turn right side out and iron, I love this little plastic tool that pushes out points.
Next, make your binding strip to sew your triangles into. I cut out 3 (selvage to selvage) 2″ wide strips of fabric. I cut on the grain, this shouldn’t be on the bias, it would be too stretchy. I used my wonderful metal tape (binding) maker, this makes the whole process really easy and fast!
Fold your binding over and iron. I sew my 3 binding strip together after I iron them. Put rights sides together, sew and press seam open. Press one more time into binding shape.
Next, pin your triangles into the fold of your binding, I spaced mine 3″ apart. To do this I found the middle of the binding strip by folding it in half and matched that to the middle of a triangle and pinned in place. Then I pinned the rest of my triangles, 4 to the left and 4 to the right of my middle triangle and spaced them 3″ apart.
All you have left to do is sew beginning at one end of the binding strip, thru all of your triangles to the end of your binding strip. Give it one more press and enjoy!