so, i figured that i would make a post about how to create the bunting. i know you can pretty much find this on any blog that you see, but i figured that i would join in the fun and be a teacher too. so, here we go…
ok….so, if you do not know how to use a sewing machine, i would suggest that be your first step. i will be honest, bunting is how i learned.
you will need some basic materials:
a rotary cutter
a self-healing cutting mat (so awesome)
bias tape (you can make your own if you don’t have any)
your choice of fabric
a stencil for making your shapes (you can make your own of these as well)
an iron/ironing board
a handful of patience
step one: choose your fabric. double it over so that when you cut, you will have 2 pieces for each cut. be sure to line the sides up well. (some people that sell fabric will just tear the pieces before they package it. if so, just cut a thin line down the side to even out the rough edges)
step two: measure the fabric you want to use by placing the stencil on top to see how much material will be required. then cut the amount of fabric necessary to make your “flags”. on this particular one, i chose 5 different fabrics and cut out 4 flags for each.
step three: repeat step one and two for all the fabrics you choose. now you have all your pieces!
step four: the fabric will be color side up, but this is not how you will sew it, so be sure to flip BOTH sides around so that they are top to top, and what you see is the backs of both pieces. line them up as evenly as you can. some people like to use sewing pins to hold the fabric in place until you get better at keeping them together while you sew. you can sew right over these pins and they will just slide out after you are finished.
step five: now you are ready to sew the pieces together. you will only sew 2 out of the 3 sides together. i like to sew down one side until i am about 1/4 inch from the end, stop sewing, rotate the triangle, then continue sewing down the second side to the very end. remember! you should have one side open and two sides sewn together….almost like you have made a tiny triangular pouch.
step eight: now you are ready for the final touches. this next part is where you set up your bias tape. i usually like to pick a new color or different stitch pattern for this part since these stiches will be seen. you will want to place the flags equidistant from one another along the tape. you can do this a few ways: you can sew one flag at a time, or you can use the pins to hold them all in place and just sew all the way down. i like to keep it slow and steady since i am a smidge perfectionist, so i insert each flag as i sew, stopping after each one to place the next. i never remove the string of flags from the machine, but i place them right before i sew.
step done: now you are done! you can line the flags up right beside one another or leave space in between if you want less flags. i have done it both ways and think both look great. totally up to you! congratulations on your new festive decor! enjoy.
—you can find my bunting for sale at The Rooftop Birds on etsy—