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…!
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.
• 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.
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