How to Sew Bunting – Quick, Easy and Beginner Friendly Sewing Project
Today, I decided to make some bunting!
Why, you ask?
My daughter has been asking for a rainbow house.
While that is a little out of our budget right now, I’ll happily decorate her space as rainbowy as we can. We live in a rented apartment that has pretty strict rules about decorating, so I always feel a little limited in what I can do.
I wanted to start with a quick, easy that would add a pop of color to her play area without dominating it.
I have always wanted to try and make some bunting, so now seems like the perfect time to try.
Best Fabric for Bunting
This can be a great scrap-busting project!
I used 100% cotton fat quarters for this project which I purchased from Dots Charm via Etsy.
I’m not sure how other fabrics would hold up, but I’ve made enough cotton based projects to know they withstand the washing machine well.
That, combined with the variety of designs available and cost makes fat quarters an ideal fabric for this project.
Size for Bunting
Another great thing about bunting is you can make it any size you want!
I used some card packaging to play around with until I found a size that I liked. As I was going to hang it off some shelving, I knew I didn’t want it to be too big.
My individual pennants measured 5 inches at the base, and are 5 inches in length.
- Iron and ironing surface
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Water Soluble Marker
- Card template
- Cotton Fabric
- All Purpose Thread (Polyester)
- Knitting Needle
- Double Fold Bias Tape
- Sewing Machine
- Needle Size: 70/10
- Prep your fabric! If your fabric is washable, wash it. Follow the fabric care instructions!
2. Make a template. I used the card from some packaging. Take seam allowance (for this project, it is ¼ inch) into consideration.
3. Draw two flags on the wrong side of the fabric using a marking tool appropriate for your fabric (I used a water soluble pen). Be mindful of how you cut directional patterned fabric.
4. Cut out the flags, and place the right sides together.
5. Pin in place on long sides. We will not be sewing the base of the triangles.
6. Using a ¼ inch seam allowance, sew on the long two sides.
7. Clip the end of the triangle.
8. Use pinking shears to cut fabric on sides. If unavailable, use this technique.
9. Turn inside out. Use something pointy (e.g. knitting needle, pencil) to push out the fabric at the pointy bit.
10. Repeat above steps for as many flags as you require.
11. Measure out some double folded bias tape for the area you will be hanging your flag. Include excess at ends (I left around 10 inches on either end).
12. Find the middle of your bias tape and mark it (I folded mine in half and pressed with an iron).
13. Open up the bias tape, and start placing the flags, starting in the middle where you just made a mark.
14. Ensure the base of your flag meets the fold in the bias tape. I had no spacing between individual flags, but it’s normal to have 1-2 inches gap between each one.
15. Once all flags are all placed, ‘close’ the bias tape and pin flags and bias tape in place.
16. Sewing as close to the loose parts of the bias tape as possible, sew in place. Cut any excess threads.
Congratulations! You just made bunting!
I love how it turned out! Even though I might have some sizing issues…
While it added a pop of color and whimsy I think the area needed, I’m not done decorating her area!
Come back on Friday to see the matching fabric banner I made!
If you decide to try this project out, I would love to see it! Email me, or tag me on Instagram or Facebook.