Helen and other friends have often asked how I make my bunting. At long last I’ve put together this tutorial (only time will tell if it truly is ‘splendid’ !!).
So here, goes:
Stage One: Preparation
You will need: selection of fabric remnants, about 3.5 metres of bias binding, thread, sewing machine, cardstock, scissors, pencil, point turner if you have one, and time to concentrate undisturbed!
NB: a point turner, also known as a seam creaser, can be found at haberdashery shops or via amazon, ebay, etc. It’s a very useful sewing tool, but not essential for this project. You can use a white coloured pencil to create the points in the tip of each bunting triangle/pennant.
Choose your fabric. It is best to use at least 3 co-ordinating fabrics – 100% Cotton fabric is best !
Create a triangle template for your pennants from card stock. My template measures 21cm from top to point; each long side is 22cm and the top side is 15cm.
Draw around the template onto fabric. So that the triangles touch each other as shown. Pin the centre of each triangle and then cut them out.
If you use standard 115cm wide fabric, folded lengthwise, you will be able to cut at least 6 double sided triangles from each width.
If you have about 3.5 metres of bias binding as suggested, you’ll need about 18 pennants for your strand of bunting. This is a good size piece of bunting which can easily decorate a window, piece of furniture, above a bed, etc. But if you fancy a longer strand then great!
For every 2 pennants you’ll need about 35cm of bias binding and make sure to add an extra 20cm of bias binding for the tying loops at each end of the strand.
Stage Two: Sewing Pennants
Once the pennants have all been cut, start sewing the long sides, with right sides of fabric facing each other.
Taking a seam of about 5mm sew down one long side and stop. Then keeping your needle down in the fabric turn and sew up the other long side. Do not sew top edge.
You can sew all the pennants in one go. As you get to the end of each pennant allow your machine to sew a few stitches without fabric, then introduce the next pennant. This saves time and thread!
Then just cut the thread between pennants when you have finished sewing them all.
Stage Three: Turning and Ironing Pennants
Cut away excess fabric at the point of each pennant.
You may need to trim along each seam for a distance of about 2cm. This will make it easier to create a point when the fabric is turned.
Turn fabric right side out. Using a point turner or a light coloured pencil, push the point end of the fabric to create a nice neat finish.
Manipulate the fabric, twisting it with your fingers, to create a good point.
When all pennants have been turned, it is time to iron them.
Use your card template to stretch the pennants whilst ironing, by slipping the template inside each pennant and ironing on top.
Stage Four: Sequencing Pennants
Trim away the selvedges at each corner on the top of each pennant and ensure there is a straight edge at the top, too.
Choose sequence of fabrics, then put all pennants into a pile in the correct sequence.
This allows you to sew quickly by simply taking each pennant from the pile in turn.
Stage Five: Sewing Pennants to Bias Binding
Use bias binding which is at least 18mm wide. Fold it lengthwise (you may want to press it with an iron). Place a pin 10cm from cut edge – this is where the first Pennant will be.
Sew from the end of the bias binding to the pin, through all thicknesses before adding your first pennant. This section of binding will be used to create a loop for hanging your bunting – more about that later on.
Next slot the top edge of first pennant into fold of binding just where the pin is.
Sew through binding and pennant and stop, needle down, when you have sewn all along the top edge of one pennant.
Using the metal plate of your sewing machine (or other marker) slot the next pennant into the fold of the binding.
Now sew along the binding then when the second pennant is in place sew through the binding and top edge of pennant as you did the first time. Introduce the 3rd and all remaining pennants in the same way.
Stage Six: Finishing
When you reach the final edge of the last pennant, allow an extra 10cm of bias binding and cut.
At each end of the bunting, fold the 10cm of binding onto the pennant and sew to secure.
This creates a loop at each end for hanging.
Press, Hang up your bunting and enjoy!
COPYRIGHT: Please note that this tutorial is the Copyright of Josie Crafter and Homemade & Happy. It is for your own private use and is not to be reproduced for commercial purposes. Thanks.
Thank you to the very many readers who’ve taken time to comment on this tutorial.
It makes me so very happy to hear that you’ve tried the tutorial and successfully made your own beautiful bunting! And it makes my heart sing to hear that many of you have used this tutorial for your first sewing activity and gained confidence in your skills 🙂 Blogland is a wonderful place, isn’t it?
Please continue to leave comments and let me know how you’ve responded to the tutorial. I will be answering queries and questions right here in the comments section, so if you do want further guidance, make a comment then come back a couple of days later and I will have left a reply for you 🙂
Happy Sewing !
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