Often used in England as decoration for street fairs and royal occasions (bearing the Union Jack), fabric bunting is now gaining popularity here in the U.S. as indoor decoration for just about any occasion. Here is an easy and inexpensive technique for crafting your very own festive fabric bunting!
- approximately 24 5×7 squares of fabric, in varying designs and colors
- 1 package double-fold, extra-wide bias tape
- pinking shears (optional)
- sewing machine
How to make your holiday bunting:
Measure and cut a piece of cardstock to 5 inches by 7 inches. On one of the 5″ sides, measure in 2.5″ and make a mark — this is going to be the point of the triangle. Then place your ruler so that it is creating a line from the outside edge of the top of the rectangle to the mark you made. (See photo.)
Repeat for other side. Cut on lines. Now you have your pattern piece.
Trace and cut 26 triangles from varying shades of fabric. I chose orange, brown and black for a Halloween theme, but this would be cute for Christmas in red and green, Easter in pastels, or all pink or blue to decorate for a baby shower.
Taking two triangles, wrong sides together, stitch on diagonal lines. For this pattern, I used a 1/4″ seam allowance — to conserve fabric since we will be trimming seams anyway. (You can easily add an additional seam allowance when cutting out your triangles if a 1/4″ is too small for you.)
When finished, trim seams with pinking shears. If you do not have pinking shears, just trim close to the seams to make the flags look neat.
Take your double-fold, extra-wide bias tape out of package and press. Then, insert and pin a triangle (flat side up) into the fold of the bias tape every 3 inches, leaving 8″ on each end for hanging. Make sure the flags are as far back into the fold as possible.
Next, use a straight stitch and sew along bias opening to close it. Also catch the flags in the stitch, removing pins as you sew.
Create loops at the ends for hanging, and you are all finished. Hang your bunting across the room as shown at the top of the page, and enjoy your celebration!
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