A Craft in the Life: Bunting

Ever since I decided to take textiles for A Level I have really enjoyed designing, making and learning about fashion and textiles production. I have been wanting my own sewing machine for ages but I could never really afford one, or knew which one to buy. So when my parents brought me one for my birthday this year, I couldn’t wait to make something!


I have made fabric bunting on my mum’s sewing machine before, and when my sister said she would really like some bunting for her university room I thought I would make her some for her birthday. I decided to use two different complimentary fabrics, one purple and one in a cupcake style design, along with purple ribbon.

Lincoln in August 2013 012The first bunting I made, using my mum’s sewing machine

You will need:

Fabric(s) of your choice (The amount you will need is based on the size of your bunting triangles. For mine, I brought half a metre of each, and that was more than enough to make 2m of bunting. Just remember to be careful where you place the template to minimise fabric loss)

Ribbon of your choice (Again this depends on the size of your bunting triangles. For mine, 1m made a small section of bunting 4 flags long, while 2m made a longer section of bunting 8 flags long)

Paper template (This can be made by hand to suit your personal needs. I made mine around 12cmX12cmX12cm, with a 1cm border seam allowance)

Sewing machine

Thread that matches your chosen fabric/ribbon colours



Let’s get started!

  • Start by making your paper template, remembering to include a seam allowance of around 1cm.
  • You can either make your bunting triangles 1 layer of fabric thick, or use two layers of fabric. Once you have chosen this, begin by pinning the template to your chosen fabric – Remember to fold the fabric in half to give 2 triangles for every template.


  • Carefully cut out your triangles, until you have as many as you have decided you want. Approximately 4 for 1m (8 if you are using two layers of fabric) and 8 for 2m (16 if you are using two layers of fabric). If you are using 1 layer of fabric you can do this with pinking shears to give an interesting look!


  • Pin the 2 layers of fabric, right sides together (If you are only using 1 layer of fabric, skip the next 2 steps*).
  • Stitch the 2 layers of fabric together, leaving the top side open in order to turn the triangle right side out.


  • Trim the fabric close to the stitch.


  • Turn the bunting triangles right side out, then iron flat (Rejoin at this step if using 1 layer of fabric*).


  • Laying your chosen length of ribbon out, place your triangles where you would like them to be and pin in place.


  • Carefully fold the top of the bunting triangle, so that the fabric is neat on the ribbon and re pin in place.  If you are only using 1 layer of fabric, skip this step.


  • Stitch the bunting triangles neatly to the ribbon, trimming any excess fabric that overlaps the ribbon.


  • You are all done! 🙂

I think this fabric bunting is easy to make, looks really good and makes an amazing homemade gift! You can use any fabric you like – all the same, a mixture of two complimentary fabrics or a selection of several fabrics. Brought new from a fabric shop, second hand from a charity shop or from the bottom of your sewing collection! The ribbon choice is variable too – the thickness, colour and style are totally up to you and your tastes. You can also decorate the fabric however you like, with buttons, beads or applique.

IMG_3192Finished purple and cupcake design bunting

Even if you don’t think you are much of a sewer or crafter this is a really simple project to get you started, and allows more experienced sewers and crafters to experiment. You can do this without a sewing machine, but it may take longer as you will need to hand stitch each triangle. It may be better to just use 1 layer of fabric, as then you will only need to stitch the bunting triangles to the ribbon. I would definitely recommend giving this fabric bunting a go!

A Craft in the Life…


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