Learn how to make macrame with our step by step macrame bunting tutorial. Test out the new skills you’ve learnt from our library of basic macrame knots on this beautiful heart bunting project by the lovely Isabella of @_twome.
Hang it in your home, decorate a little un’s bedroom, or give as a last minute Christmas gift to become the no.1 friend. For this DIY you’ll need to use T-shirt yarn (learn how to make t shirt yarn with our tutorial) that’s very stretchy. When cutting to size, don’t stretch the yarn, but when fixing the main strand to the work surface, stretch the yarn to give a better tension. Practise square knots a few times to find out how stretchy the yarn is, as it’ll differ for each brand.
Once you’ve finished your very own macrame heart banner, sse our hashtags for macramé blog post to share your creation with the world! Make sure you add #molliemakers in that Insta caption too so we can see your new make and give you all the likes.
Looking for more macrame inspiration? Check out our round-up of free macrame patterns.
Macrame heart bunting supplies
Brush up on your macramé skills with our library of basic macrame knots blog post. It will teach you all the knotting techniques you need!
Macrame heart bunting instructions
You Will Need
- tshirt yarn
- Masking tape
Cut a 2m (787⁄8) length of T-shirt yarn. This will be the main length of yarn that the five heart-shaped flags will hang from.
Cut 12 120cm (47¼”) lengths of T-shirt yarn and put aside. Repeat four more times. 12 yarn lengths are required for each flag.
Fix one end of the 2m (787/8“) yarn length to the work surface with two pieces of masking tape, leaving a gap of approximately 25cm (97/8“) in between them to work in.
Using lark’s head knot, attach 12 of the shorter yarn lengths to the main yarn length as shown. There should now be 24 yarn lengths hanging down.
Starting from the left, use lengths 5, 6, 7 and 8 to make the first square knot. Leave a gap of approximately 2cm (¾”) at the top above the knot.
Next, add two square knots underneath using lengths 3, 4, 5 and 6, and then 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Next, add three square knots underneath the previous ones using lengths 1, 2, 3 and 4, then 5, 6, 7 and 8, then 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Repeat Steps 5-7 with the remaining 12 yarn lengths on your right. Lengths 5, 6, 7 and 8 become lengths 17, 18, 19 and 20 instead. This will create two triangles, forming the top of the heart.
Join the two sections by adding a square knot in the middle, underneath the last row.
Add two square knots on the left and two on the right to form a row of five square knots.
Now, add a row of six square knots underneath.
Under that, always working in the centre, add five square knots; then four knots, then three, then two and one last square knot.
Using a tape measure as a guide, cut the fringe into a point, as shown.
Finally, remove the masking tape, place two new pieces on the main strand as per Step 3, then repeat Steps 4-12 four more times to finish your macrame bunting.