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How to Make Bunting | Create Beautiful DIY Bunting Flags

Turn fabric scraps into stunning bunting banners in less than half an hour! Bunting banners are perfect for adding a touch of charm to any occasion, from fairs and markets to outdoor weddings. If you're...

Turn fabric scraps into stunning bunting banners in less than half an hour! Bunting banners are perfect for adding a touch of charm to any occasion, from fairs and markets to outdoor weddings. If you're curious about how to make bunting flags, you're in luck. In this tutorial, we'll walk you through the process step by step, and even provide you with a free bunting template. Get ready to give your home that special country vibe!

diy bunting Image: DIY Bunting

Supplies and Tools

To make your own bunting banner, you'll need the following supplies:

  • Assorted cotton fabrics for the front - choose fabrics that look good together
  • Assorted cotton fabrics for the back
  • 1/2" double fold bias tape (or you can make your own bias binding)
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors (or rotary cutter and a cutting mat)
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing clips or pins
  • Sewing machine (even a mini machine can handle this easy sew)

Bunting banner supplies Image: Bunting banner supplies

How To Sew Bunting Flags

Before we dive into the instructions, watch our DIY Bunting video to get a visual overview of the process. Then, follow the step-by-step written instructions below.

Watch the DIY Bunting video first and then follow the written step-by-step instructions below.

Fabric Bunting Video Tutorial

Take a moment to watch our fabric buntings video tutorial. It will provide you with valuable insights and tips for creating your own bunting flags.

Bunting Instructions

Step 1: Get the bunting pattern ready for use

Start by downloading and printing our free bunting template. We offer three different shapes to choose from - a triangle and two types of flags. Mix and match the shapes or use only one, it's up to you.

Print out the bunting pattern and cut out the excess paper. No printer? No problem. You can trace the template from your monitor, ensuring correct sizing. Alternatively, draw your own template. Remember, there is no right or wrong design!

bunting template and pattern in 3 distinct shapes Image: Bunting template and pattern in 3 distinct shapes

Step 2: Cut the fabric

Use the bunting banner pattern as a guide to cut out your fabric. Cut two identical pieces for each flag segment - one for the front and one for the back.

Consider the length of your bunting and how many triangle segments you want. We recommend a minimum of six segments to ensure the bunting looks visually appealing.

fabric buntings cut according to pattern Image: Fabric buntings cut according to pattern

Step 3: Start sewing the fabric buntings

Take two fabric pieces that will form one segment and place them on top of each other, right sides facing. Align the edges, pin them together, and start sewing. Use a quarter-inch seam allowance and stitch along the two sides (or sides and bottom), leaving the top edge unstitched.

Step 4: Turn the triangles

Clip the corners with scissors and turn each piece inside out. Ensure the corners are pushed out nicely using the back of a pencil or a chopstick. Press the segment flat with an iron.

Depending on the fabric you used, your triangle segment may not lay flat. In that case, topstitch the flag to give it more structure.

clipped corners of bunting banner Image: Clipped corners of bunting banner

Step 5: Decide the distance between segments

The choice is yours, but here's a piece of advice. If you plan to hang the bunting outdoors, keep the flags about an inch or two apart. For indoor use, keep the distance between segments shorter. Consider the overall length of the banner as well.

diy fabric bunting - deciding distance between triangles Image: DIY fabric bunting - deciding distance between triangles

Step 6: Add the tape

Choose between using a ribbon or a double-sided bias tape. For a ribbon, fold it in half lengthwise and press it with an iron. Insert the top edge of each triangle between the layers of the ribbon, leaving at least 10 inches from each end for hanging.

pinning before sewing bunting - front view Image: Pinning before sewing bunting - front view

If using a double-sided bias tape, open it and insert the top edge of each triangle inside, all the way to the fold. Again, leave 10 inches from each end.

Pin everything in place to secure the layers.

fabric buntings - back view Image: Fabric buntings - back view

Step 7: Finish the bunting flags

All that's left is to sew the segments to the tape or ribbon, creating your decorative bunting banner.

Make a stitch that goes along the entire length of the ribbon or tape. You can use either a straight stitch or a zig-zag stitch for added flair. Set the width and length of the stitch to 3.0 and start sewing.

sewing bunting flags to tape Image: Sewing bunting flags to tape

With this final step, your new bunting flags are complete!

Bonus 1: How to Make Buntings with Pinking Shears - Lighting Fast

Here's a secret tip for making bunting banners even faster. If you're creating a banner for a one-time event and don't plan on washing it, you can speed up the process.

Instead of steps 2-4, follow these instructions:

  1. Cut the fabric with pinking shears for a neat zig-zagged edge that won't fray as easily as standard scissors.
  2. Pin the fabrics together with the wrong sides facing. You can use sewing clips for a quicker assembly.

Bunting with pinking shears Image: Bunting with pinking shears

Continue with step 6, inserting the flags inside the tape or ribbon, pinning them with clips, and sewing along the bottom edge of the tape.

Voila! Your bunting banner is done!

Bonus 2: Decoration Suggestions

If you want to add a little extra flair to your bunting banner, here are a few suggestions:

  • Make every third segment a different shape and color for a more vibrant look.
  • Embroider or use a fabric gel pen to write a letter on each segment, creating a creative sign for birthdays, weddings, holidays, and more!
  • Stitch small shapes or miniature fabric toys onto the center of each segment to decorate your children's room.

Now that you know how to make bunting flags, give it a try! They make gorgeous home decor and add a vibrant touch to any event. Share your bunting creations and any ideas you have in the comments below. Enjoy your new versatile decorative bunting flags!

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