bunting tutorial red white Christmas

I’ve been seeing bunting everywhere lately. You know, those little flags that you can string up for decorations. So when I found some very cute red and white Christmas fabric in Spotlight recently I had to make some of my own. Here’s how I did it.

What you’ll need:

  • Fabric – I used about half a metre of three different ones
  • Ribbon or bias binding – I used 2 packs of 12mm x 5m bias binding and I still have some triangles left so I’ll be buying another lot
  • Usual sewing stuff – matching thread, sewing machine, pinking shears, pins, etc.

What to do:

  1. bunting tutorial templateCreate a template for your triangles. I used a piece of A4 paper, folded it lengthways down the middle, then used a ruler to rule one side of my triangle. Fold the paper in half again and cut along the line. Unfold and there’s your template. My triangle is 18cm along the base and 21cm from the point to the base line (along the centre fold).
  2. bunting tutorial cutting fabricCutting your triangles. I started by cutting a strip of fabric the height of my triangle (21cm) wide. I used my rotary cutter and ruler but you could easily use scissors. Then with my fabric still folded in half, I started from the fold end and laid my template with the base point at the fold. (See the picture). Laying my ruler over the template edge, I cut first one side then the other of that triangle. Turn the template upside down and lay it against the cut edge. It should fit perfectly. Cut along the other side of the template to make your next triangles. Keep flipping and cutting until you can’t cut a full triangle. Cut as many triangles as you want. I had lots – about 100!
  3. bunting tutorial cutting fabricSewing your triangles. Now we’re going to sew all your triangles back to back so that both sides of your bunting looks nice. Match all the triangles together in pairs with right sides facing out. Stitch each one together down each side about 5mm from the edge. I went down one side from the base to the point, then pivoted the triangle with the needle in the fabric near the point before sewing up the other side. I didn’t stitch the bases closed because my binding will cover that edge in the end.
  4. bunting tutorial trimming pinking shearsTrimming the edges. After sewing the triangles, I used pinking shears to create a pretty zig zag edge.
  5. bunting tutorial bias bindingJoining the triangles to the bias binding. My bias binding was only 12mm wide so rather than folding it in half (as I would do with wider binding) I pinned all my triangles with the base tucked into one fold of the binding. (See the photo) Then I used a zig zag stitch to sew straight along the length of the binding.
  6. That’s it! All done!

A few options:

  • If you don’t want the zig zag edges I created with my pinking shears, you can stitch your triangles with right sides together, then turn them through so the raw edges are inside the triangles.
  • You could use wider bias binding or ribbon, and attach the triangles by folding the tape in half lengthways and stitching the triangle bases into the fold.
  • Alternatively you could trim the bases with the pinking shears, then just sew them straight onto the back of a ribbon.

Christmas bunting owl red white

Not Christmas? Other ideas for bunting:

  • red, blue and white fabrics for Australia Day or any US holiday
  • pink, white and green for a little girl’s bedroom
  • bright primary colours for a circus party
  • shades of green for St Patrick’s Day
  • orange, red and yellow for Autumn
  • red, pink and black/white for a Valentines Day party
  • silver and blue for Winter
  • rainbow colours for Spring
  • pastels for a baby room
  • black, red and white for B!

Don’t sew?

I have written a no-sew version of this tutorial for Melissa at Suger Coat It. She will be posting it tonight so I’ll be back with the link then. You can also read my tip about directional fabric over there.

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