How to Make Bunting

Supplies bunting

Making fabric bunting is really easy if you have the right tools. I would not have done this without my Olfa Rotary Cutting Set. This is a must have for a many crafts, especially quilts (which we’ll get to eventually). I’m going to be honest, I think JoAnn Fabrics has a better price on these than Amazon, whether you wait till they’re on sale or use a weekly coupon.

You can get triangle templates by the quilting supplies of your local craft store, but it’s just as easy to cut a template yourself. My triangles are 8 inches long and 5 inches at their widest. If you want to get really precise, you can use a protractor to get your proportions exact. My triangle has two 75 degree angles and one 30 degree angle for the point.

The key to a successful sewing project is a hot iron. Really. Iron your fabric and cut it into 8 inch wide strips. Use your template and the omnigrid ruler to cut out your triangles. The rotary cutter will make this so much easier than using scissors so I really recommend picking up a set. Once you have your triangles cut, play with the arrangement of your different patterns to see what you like best.

Bunting 2Take your double fold bias tape (I used 1/2 inch wide) and slip the triangle between the fold. You can measure out the distance between each triangle and pin it in place or you can just eye-ball it. I prefer to eye-ball it as I’m feeding it into the sewing machine. Your thread should match your bias tape or if you want it could be a contrasting color. I used a straight stitch, but you could see how you like the zig-zag stitch. If you’re using a hot glue gun, just put a thin line of glue along the top of the triangle and press down the bias tape. You’ll have to flip it over and repeat on the other side. If you’re going to use glue, I would iron out the bias tape before gluing the fabric.

After sewing (or gluing), it’s time to iron again. Spray the bunting with starch and go to town. I used cotton quilting fabrics, so that means high heat. Make sure you follow the iron settings depending on the fabric you’re using. Avoid ironing over areas you have used glue. I don’t do any sort of finishing on the edges. Chances are these are for a one time event and you just need something that can be thrown together quickly. Especially if the event is inside, you probably won’t have any issues with fraying edges if you use 100% cotton fabric. The bunting in this tutorial was used for my bridal shower (which was outside) and they were blowing around all day without issue.

Now if your children decide to play with them, I’m not making any guarantees.

Happy crafting!
-Auntie Kelley