Sewing Decoration: How to Make Your Own Bunting

Sewing Decoration: How to Make Your Own Bunting

Are you also a bunting lover? This little piece of decoration really can make a big difference in a room or on a balcony. It gives it that special something and sparks colour and happiness🤗

My finished bunting on the balcony
My finished bunting on the balcony

To make your own bunting is a really easy and quick sewing project. It’s great for beginners plus a fab occasion to use up any fabric leftovers you might have at home. Let’s get started🙌

What You Need to Make Your Own Bunting

  • Fabric(s) – maybe go for a rainproof fabric if you make the bunting for the outdoors
  • Matching grosgrain ribbon – my one is 2.5cm / 1 inch wide
  • Paper or light cardboard for the triangle template
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins
What you need to make your own bunting
What you need to make your own bunting

Preparations for Your Bunting

Before you can start sewing, there are a couple of preparations steps you need to do first. Don’t worry, they are all super quick and you’ll soon be able to make your first stitches.

1) Create Your Triangle Template

First up, I recommend making a quick template for your triangle so that all pieces are uniform in the end.

For that, use a paper or light cardboard (I’ve used a pizza carton) and create your triangle shape using a ruler. You find my measurements in the picture below.

This is the measurement I've used for my template. 
This is the measurement I’ve used for my template.

2) Prepare and Cut Your Fabric

Give your fabric a quick press with the iron using full steam. Make sure to iron out any wrinkles so that your fabric is nice and flat💨 Then fold the fabric in half so that the right sides (so the printed sides of the fabric) are facing each other.

Place your triangle template onto the fabric and, using a chalk or fabric marker, draw as many triangles on the fabric as you want to have in your bunting. My bunting, for example, consists of 14 triangles in total😊

Draw your triangles on the folded fabric. 
Draw your triangles on the folded fabric.

If you want, you can put in a few pins to hold your triangles in place before you start cutting them out. However, with the fabric I’ve used, this was not necessary. Try to make big cuts with your fabric scissors and don’t lift the fabric while you’re cutting✂️

Some of my cut out triangles.
Some of my cut out triangles.

Sew Your Bunting

Now it’s time to get sewing! Engine up your sewing machine and get ready🙂 If you don’t know how to thread your sewing machine, check out my post here.

3) Sew The Triangles

We start by taking one of the triangles which consist of two fabric layers and double check that the right sides are facing each other. Then sew the two sides of the triangle with a straight stitch and a 1cm seam allowance.

Pivot at the apex of the triangle and apex sure to reverse your stitches at the beginning and the end to secure them.

Sew the two sides of your triangle. 
Sew the two sides of your triangle.

Once you’ve done that, make sure to trim your threads and the fabric around the apex✂️ This is to avoid a bulky corner and helps that everything is nice and neat. Be careful that you don’t cut into the seam – just trim the fabric around the corner.

Repeat this step until you’ve finished all your triangles.

All my 14 triangles ready for the next step.
All my 14 triangles ready for the next step.

Next, turn the triangles the right side out and carefully poke out the corner using a scissor. I also recommend that you give them a good press with the iron to make sure they’re looking professional and are really flat.

4) Attach The Triangles to The Ribbon

We’re nearly there! All you have to do now is to attach the triangles to the ribbon🙂 For that, place one of your triangles onto the ribbon. It should sit roughly in the middle from the top.

Also, keep in mind that you will need long ribbon ends on both sides for the tie.

Place the triangle in the middle from the top of the ribbon. 
Place the triangle in the middle from the top of the ribbon.

Then fold down the ribbon and put in a few pins to hold everything in place. Continue placing all other triangles onto the ribbon.

I left a gap between the triangles of roughly 4cm (1.6″) but feel free to change this based on your preference.

Also, halve and pin the two long ribbon ends.

Use some pins to hold everything in place before you start sewing.  
Use some pins to hold everything in place before you start sewing.

Time to use the sewing machine again! In a straight line, stitch along the lower end of the ribbon, removing one pin after the other as you sew.

Once you’ve finished, trim the threads and give your bunting one last good press with the iron.

And that’s it, there’s your handmade bunting🎉

Share Your Makes

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick tutorial on how to make your own bunting🙂

If you give this project a go, I’d love to see a picture of it! Make sure to tag me in your Instagram post (@sewingbeginner).

My balcony prepared for summer with the bunting decoration
My balcony prepared for summer with the bunting decoration

Leave a comment below if you have any questions or if you got a specific wish for another beginner sewing tutorial.

Happy sewing,

Yvonne

2 thoughts on “Sewing Decoration: How to Make Your Own Bunting

  1. Hi,

    Can you clarify a bit:

    When you advise how to sew the two sides of your triangle, what do you mean by trimming the fabric round the apex? do you mean cut away the hem until almost the seam you’ve sewn, and do you mean a straight cut across the bottom of the triangle point, or an inverse triangle? What shape?

    Thanks.

    1. Hi there, thank you so much for reaching out and your great question. The goal of trimming the seam allowance (so the edge of your fabric and the line of stitching) is to avoid bulkiness. You can go as close as 3mm (1/8 inch) to the seam but please make sure not to cut into your line of stitching. In terms of shape: I’d recommend just cutting off the tip. Have a look at this link here and scroll down to trimming an outward corner: https://www.thecuttingclass.com/seam-allowance-corners-and-curves/

      Hope this is helpful. Any other questions just let me know! Happy sewing 🙂

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