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How To Make Your Own Party Bunting

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Fabric party bunting is hugely popular and for good reason. It is weather proof which much needed in a UK summer and it looks really pretty tied to trees and bushes in the garden or hung up in the house. It creates an instant party feel and can also be used afterwards as a decoration in the house. Little girls love it and it looks gorgeous hanging across the room in baby’s nursery.

You can buy bunting ready made but it can be a bit expensive and of course you are restricted on the designs and colours unless it is a completely bespoke item. We make bunting in house using a home sewing machine and a bit of time.

Around half a metre of three fabric designs in a standard width, will allow you to make two lots of bunting each with around fifteen flags. Follow our guide and you will be able to create this easily.

This guide uses two pieces of fabric for each flag. This allows you to use any fabric as some fabrics are only printed on one side so can’t be used alone. Your fabric won’t fray and so is much more robust. You will be able to use it time and time again.

Tools

  • A cutter. We use the Olfa Rotary cutter which is available on line at a very low cost and is sharp enough to cut hundreds of flags. A rotary cutter is much easier than scissors as the fabric is lying flat while you cut.
  • A template for cutting the flags. We made our own from lightweight card and it measures 15cm across the top and the two sides are 22cm long.
  • A ruler
  • A sewing machine
  • White cotton thread unless you have some which matches your fabric

Bunting tape or twill tape. Allow at least 2.7m per set of bunting. Cut the tape when you have pinned all your flags on so that you know you have enough. We have found that a wide tape makes the job easier. A narrower tape will need to be pinned to the fabric. The tape should be a minimum of 20mm wide.

Preparation

Fold the fabric right side to right side and then fold it again. This allows you to cut two flags at a time. Using the ruler and cutter, cut around the template. Cut enough flags for your project.

Sewing

With the fabric still right sides together sew the two long sides of the fabric together using the sewing machine and snip the ends of the thread. When all of the flags are sewn together turn them the right way round and push the point through as best you can using something like a thick 10mm knitting needle which has a blunt end so as not to go right through the fabric.

Allow 15cm of tape at the end of the bunting, fold the tape over each flag and pin each flag on. Allow a gap of your choosing between each flag. A wider gap allows less flags per metre of tape. When you have pinned the last flag on measures 15cm and cut the tape.

Pin the two ends of the tape so that that tape is folded and sew the tape and flags end to end. You may get a neater finish if you sew with the pins facing downwards but this is sometimes tricky and depends how robust your machine is. Otherwise just sew along the tape with the pins facing up. Sew as close to the edge as possible. Sew slowly and as neatly as you can. Snip the ends of the thread.

Before you remove the pins check the bunting to ensure that all the flags have caught properly in the tape. If they haven’t just go over the area you have missed. No-one will notice when they are hung up.

Remove all the pins and there you are, your bunting is made.

If you haven’t the time to do this or maybe you don’t have a sewing machine, we do sell a great range of bunting suitable for parties, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and christenings. If you have a particular request we are happy to talk about it and come up with something which suits your needs.

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