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make your own party bunting

make your own party bunting

Fabric bunting instantly brightens up a party venue, plus you can pack it away and bring it out any time there’s a festive gathering. I’ve made miles and miles of bunting over the years – it’s easy to make and looks gorgeous. Here’s a quick how-to if you’re about to attempt to make bunting for the first time. My measurements are just a guide, so make your flags as large or small as you desire. The truly fun part is embellishing each flag. For a vintage themed party look out for antique buttons and brooches to stitch or glue to the flags. For a sophisticated look glue strings of diamantes across the cord, or add sequins to the flags. The creativity is endless…!

the dimensions I used for each flag

the dimensions I used for each flag

Here’s how I did it:

• Cut out a flag card template that measures 21cm x 21cm x 19cm. The narrowest length will be stitched to the bias binding.

• The great thing about bunting is you don’t need loads of fabric. I used polka dot patterned fabric, different colours, and cut out 24 flags – that’s 12 ‘made’ flags in total, cutting two of the same fabric as they’re stitched together to create one flag.

• I ironed on fusible interfacing to the backs of 12 flags and then stitched the flags together, leaving a small opening in each to pull them the right way.

stitched, pressed and ready to attach to bias binding.

stitched, pressed and ready to attach to bias binding.

• Afterwards I pressed each flag so they were crease-free and beautifully flat. The buttons were then pulled out and I glued them on to each flag with fabric glue.

• Once the glued (the glue dries to clear) I then pinned the bias binding across the tops of each flag. Leave a 5cm to 6cm gap between each flag. All in order, I stitched the bias binding and left a tail of about 1 metre on each end of the bunting.

buttons glued to the flags

buttons glued to the flags

I offer a customised bunting-making service and can ship worldwide. Get in touch with me here.

bunting in the garden

bunting in the garden

see my diy party decorating pins on pinterest!

see my diy party decorating pins on pinterest!

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