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How to Sew Bunting

How to Sew Bunting

Bunting is a popular decoration that's likely to brighten up any room! This how-to will guide you through the process of making and sewing fabric flags to create bunting. Whether you're throwing a summer party or you simply want to decorate your home, bunting is the way to go!

You Will Need:

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METHOD:

  1. Draw out a basic triangle on your pattern paper in any size you wish (alternatively, you can use greaseproof paper from your kitchen). This will form your 'bunting flags' which will be sewn onto the ribbon.
  2. Once your template is complete, lay your pattern onto the fabric and cut out as many flags as you like. If you want 6 flags in total like us, you'll need to cut out 12 flags from your fabric.
  3. Now it's time to prepare the flags ready for sewing. Lay one piece of fabric on the table with the right side facing up at you and another on top facing down, so both right sides are together. Pin in place along the two long sides.
  4. Once your two pieces of fabric are pinned together, measure a 1cm seam allowance around the whole flag and 1cm from the very bottom of the triangle, and then pin across. This is your indication of when to pivot the fabric whilst sewing.
  5. Sew your seam allowance across one side until you reach the pin. Remove the pin, pivot the fabric, and then sew up along the other side. You should now have a neat 'V' shape – but don't sew the top as you'll need to turn it inside out!
  6. Now you want to trim off the excess fabric at the bottom point to reduce the fullness. Turn the flags the right way around and carefully poke the point through with small scissors.
  7. Neaten up your flags and iron them flat on a low setting to ensure you remove all the creases. Trim any excess fabric off the top so that you have a neat, straight line.
  8. It's now time to begin the process of assembling your bunting. Place the first flag onto the end of the length of ribbon so that it sits just under halfway down from the top. Measure 10cm across from this first flag and pin the next flag in position. Continue with the rest of the flags, ensuring that you leave a long length at the end for the tie.
  9. Tack the flags in position or sew across the whole length of ribbon if you want to secure them in place. Now you want to fold the ribbon down over the raw edge of the bunting flags and pin it in place. Sew along the whole length of ribbon folded over the flags using a zig-zag stitch, width 4-5 and length 2.5.
  10. To make a tie at each end of the bunting, fold the ribbon twice and stitch down using a straight stich. Or, if you can, burn the ends with a gas lighter to seal the ends – but be careful if you choose this option! Your bunting is now complete and ready to hang around your home or outside at a summer party!
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