This vintage décor has been around for centuries and is still the first choice for most people having events. Bunting is a common decoration during festivities and celebrations. The good thing is that you can learn how to make bunting at home without spending too much time and money. All you need is a few items (most of which are already in your home) to make these attractive features. But before we show you how to make bunting from the comfort of your home, there are a few basics you should understand.
Bunting can be made using fabric, paper or plastic depending on what you want to achieve and the materials at your disposal. Some people even use cardboard in the absence of the items we’ve mentioned.
Uses of bunting
Bunting can be used to decorate children rooms, market stalls, craft parties, and setups like wedding celebrations. Bunting can also be used in the garden to provide a relaxing garden area. You can complement home décor using bunting to add colour and pattern to a neutral interior. Fabric bunting is a preferred option for homes as it is elegant, durable and washable. Bunting fabrics are best for making ribbons and flags for most celebrations as they come in different colours and patterns.
How to make double-sided bunting
- Tape (bunting tape)
- Matching thread
- Fabric scissors
- Cutting mat
- Sewing machine
- Bunting template
- Quilters ruler
- Iron and Ironing board
Steps to make double-sided bunting:
Start by tracing the template onto freezer paper then cut it out. This makes it easier to lay it out on the fabric.
Iron your fabric and fold it over to make many more triangles. Take your template, place it on the fabric and draw around it. Use a pencil or chalk for drawing on the fabric.
The sides of the triangle on the fabric should be in line. To help you achieve this, rotate the template 180 degrees for correct measurements. Cut out the fabric with the help of the fabric scissors and pair up the pieces. Pin together the right sides.
The longer edges of the fabric are then sewed around with a seam allowance of 1cm. Use scissors to clip the points of the triangle fabrics to have neat points. Do it carefully to avoid sniping through the seamed stitches.
Turn the fabric triangle right side out and push the tips out. Iron it to flat. While ironing, you will notice seams popping out on the triangle; trim them out.
Use your bunting tape. Fold it over the triangles’ perimeters that are not sewn. Use the pond to pin the edges. Stitch the edges of the bunting tape. To avoid the bunting from fraying, do a backstitch over the first and the last stitches made. Remove any threads that might be hanging from it.
How to make bunting with letters
Making bunting with letters is a good way to personalise and make them unique. It’s a good idea for decorating Christmas, birthdays and even baby shower parties. To make bunting with letters you’ll need the following materials;
- Tape measure
- Fusible web
Steps to make bunting with letters
The idea here is to make sure the letters on the bunting are neither too big nor too small. The secret is to make the letters simple but very precise and visible too. Start by making your buntings. Do the measurements in a way that leaves enough room for your letters when the buntings are ready. If the measurements are small the letters are likely going to overlap the bunting.
The letters, on the other hand, should be sized appropriately to ensure that they fit in the bunting. They should be of a different colour to be visible enough when you mount them. Bold letters are great for visibility. The biggest challenge you might encounter is to size the letters, but you can always use a word document to type the letters according to the required size. Once you’ve typed, go ahead and print the letters and use them as templates.
Iron the wrong side of your fabric, place the latter templates on the ironed side and trace them onto the fabric using a pencil. Cut the traced letter from the fabric, don’t forget to cut out the holes.
Transfer the letters you’ve cut from the fabric onto the bunting. Lay them on the bunting depending on what you had in mind. Place the letters laying on the bunting over an ironing board and iron them.
Now you can sew or glue your letters on your bunting. If it’s your first time, do it by hand. Use the blanket stitches. At this point, your buntings should be ready for display.
How to make bunting without sewing
This is the easiest way to make buntings without using glue or sewing. Materials needed include;
- Zigzag scissors
- A pencil
- The eyelet setting pliers
Use the cardboard to make a triangle on which you’ll be able to make a bunting out of it. Here you’re not limited to a certain size. You can measure the triangle according to the size that you want your buntings to be. If you’re not sure about the measurements you can always download triangular templates and use them to cut the triangles from the cardboard.
Once the triangular cardboard is done, using a pencil, trace it onto the opposite side of your fabric. The number of triangles you’re going to trace on the fabric will depend on the size of the triangular cardboard that you made. After you’ve traced the triangles on the fabric, use the zigzag or the pinky shears to cut out the triangles from the fabric. Cutting the triangles with the pinky shears makes the edges of the triangular fabric have a zigzag finish. This technique reduces the chances of the fabric fraying. This means that the bunting can be used without sewing.
You’ll have to make holes at the top corners of your triangular piece of fabric. Here is where you need your eyelet pliers. Use it to make the two holes at the top corners of your fabric.
Once you’ve made some holes at the corner of the fabric, fix the ricrac into the holes. Ric races are very beneficial in making bunting without sewing because they have a wobbly character that makes the bunting stay in position. You don’t need to worry about the bunts sliding and clumping on one side.
How to make bunting for the garden:
You can brighten up your garden with decorative fabric that may make your neighbours envy your home.
Create a triangle template using A3 paper size. Draw a horizontal line of 26cm using a ruler and pencil near the bottom of the page. Fold the paper along the line and unfold again, then draw a vertical line along the fold. Repeat the action vice versa and you will have your triangle ready.
Take your fabrics and fold them into halves. Take the triangle template and pin it on the folded fabric. Cut the shape using scissors and place it aside. Repeat the procedure for all the folded fabric you want to use in the garden. Once they are all cut, pin every pair of the triangular fabric on the long sides for them to appear inside out. The shortest sides of the triangles should be left unpinned because they will not be sewed at this stage.
The pinned lines should be stitched leaving some allowances along the edges from the top right corner to the left corner. The stitches need to pivot at all points, this will help you get rid of any bulky seams. You can tease the tip of the triangle into a sharp point, iron the triangles using a different protective cloth on the fabrics.
Attach a binding fabric and fold it in half along the lengths and press. The open seam of all triangles is tucked in and pinned in the right place. Stitch every triangle concurrently with the bindings as you go. Leave a gap in between each triangle fabric and also give allowance at the end of the garland which will function as a tie. When all triangles have been bound, stitch another quick turn-up seam at the ends before closing the seam. The bunting is now ready to string up in the garden and wait for salutes from neighbours.
Final thought on how to make bunting at home
Bunting as décor is very versatile and timeless too. You can clean and reuse them countless times on different occasions. For example, bunting used at a wedding ceremony can also be used at a different party or in your garden. The tips and processes we have provided above should help you make some for your needs.