How to sew bunting

BUNTING is a great way to liven up any room and is so simple to make. Minimal sewing ability is required as well as little material, proving bunting to be a simple and cost effective way of decorating your university room!

You will need:

  1. Fabric, nothing too thin or slippery as it will be difficult to work with and won’t hold properly. Preferably use cotton or a cotton blend. How much you need will depend on how long you would like your bunting to be, but a couple of metres is plenty. Feel free to go crazy with patterns and colours.
  2. Scissors
  3. Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread
  4. Bias binding or Ribbon, no more than a few meters, about an inch thick.
  5. Pins

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Step 1:

First you will need to create a template – this will make things easier in the long run and will prevent mismatched shapes. Cut an isosceles triangle out of card (my own was 12cmx18cm, but measurements can be altered).

Step 2:

Fold your fabric and place your template on top with the base of the triangle on the fold. You can draw around the template and then cut out once all triangles are drawn, or you can pin and cut one by one. As you have cut on the fold, you will end up with a diamond shape – just cut that in half making two triangles.

Step 3:

Now for the sewing! Pin the “wrong” sides together (the sides that do not have a pattern or are less vibrant), and sew down the length of the triangle either hand stitching with a running stitch or using a sewing machine. Do not sew the base of the triangle together, because you will later turn the triangle inside out. To create a sharper triangle shape, use scissors or any other sharp object to push through the tip of the triangle, then iron the bunting. Do this for each bunting segment.

Step 4:

Iron the bias binding in half lengthways, so that it stays halved. Pin each bunting flag to the bias binding, keeping each flag an equal distance apart. Once pinned fold down the other half of the bias binding. Sew through both the bunting flaps and the bias binding, joining them together. To create a bigger a brighter aesthetic you could always sew over the bias binding with a contrasting embroidery thread.

Congratulations! You have now created your bunting. To up the difficulty level you could always create an applique design on every other flag. Alternatively, to make the job easier there is a non-sew option – instead of cutting out two triangles and sewing them together you could invest in some pinking shears, which prevent the fabric from fraying, or just use a fabric that does not fray and only cut one triangle. You could also use a hot glue gun to attach the bias binding and bunting flags together.

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