Make your own pretty bunting with our simple tutorial! We’ll talk you through how to make easy-sew bunting flags, then string them from a length of cotton tape to bring instant cheer. This is a lovely, simple craft project for those new to sewing or a great first sewing project to make with children. It’s also a nice, easy craft idea if you’re looking for inexpensive ways to brighten up your living space on lockdown. Don’t worry if you don’t have cotton tape at home, you can improvise if you’re not able to go out by making binding strips similar to those you’d use to make a quilt – find out how with our how to make binding tutorial.
Fabric (Cotton fabric - 25 x 40cm (!0x16in) for each flag)
Cotton tape (2.5cm (in) wide cotton tape or it's easy to make your own)
Basic sewing kit
Calculating the fabric
The finished flags are 15cm (6in) wide with a gap of 10cm (4in) between them. So, divide the length you want your finished bunting to be by 25cm (10in) to work out how many flags you need to make.
Buy cotton tape to the length of your finished bunting plus about 30cm (12in) extra at either end for hanging it up.
Cut around the bunting flag template.
Cut the fabric in half then place the two pieces right sides (RS) together with the template pinned centrally on top.
Cut around the template then pin the two triangles of fabric together.
Stitching the flags
Stitch the two triangles together, but leave the top straight edge open.
Trim the seams at the lower edge and bottom point to help the flag lay flat.
Turn the triangles RS out and press flat. Repeat this process to make the other flags.
Assembling the bunting
Fold and press the cotton tape in half lengthways with wrong sides (WS) together.
Pin one flag inside the tape up to the fold, leaving some tape at the end for hanging.
Pin the rest of the flags inside the tape, positioning them 10cm (4in) apart.
Topstitch along the the tape to keep it folded and hold the flags securely in place.
Now you’ve mastered the art of how to make bunting, use your new skills to make bunting for all those weddings, birthdays and post-lockdown parties that are awaiting us once lockdown lifts! This is a lovely wedding craft project or simply make bunting in your favourite fabrics to brighten up your living space.