You will need:
- different squares of fabric 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″) for each letter
- pieces of hessian (burlap) for each letter about 8cm x 8cm (3.25″ x 3.25″)
- small rectangles of 5cm x 6cm (2″ x 2.5″) from the same fabric of the large squares for each letter
- About 3.5m of ribbon or bias binding tape
- white acrylic paint
- Modge Podge
How to make your bunting ~
- Cut out the squares of fabric, the hessian (burlap) squares and the small rectangles for each letter.
- Fray the edges of hessian (burlap) squares by pulling away the outer 4 threads on each side. Paint the center of each piece of hessian with the white acrylic paint. Allow to dry.
- Arrange the small rectangles of materials to contrast against the fabric squares. Trace or draw block letters on the small rectangles and cut out with a small sharp pair of scissors.
- Once the white paint has dried, place each hessian (burlap) square on the material square and paint over the hessian (burlap) squares with Modge Podge.
- Place the letter on top of the still wet, glued hessian square and paint over the letter with Modge Podge.
- Hang to dry or lay flat on a suitable surface. Remember that Modge Podge is a powerful glue!
- To complete the bunting, sew the flags right-side-up on to the inside/ wrong side of the ribbon/ bias binding tape with long tacking stitches, leaving 1m of tape on each end for tying. I left a space between each letter about half the width of the flag.
- Fold the ribbon in half over the top of the flags and sew closed with a long serpentine stitch.
- Viola! Beautiful bunting!
Bunting flags are quick and simple to make and decorate a party space with festive flair!
- You will need 8 to 10 pieces of material lengths (we used scraps) and cut about 4 flags from each piece. Ribbon or bias binding tape about 5m long for each bunting.
- Cut out a triangle cardboard template about 18cm (7″) wide with a perpendicular height of about 20cm (8″)
- Trace and cut around the template to make about 8 – 10 flags per line. I made 3 separate lines with 1 meter of ribbon/ tape at each end. You can over-lock, serge, roller-hem or cut the flag edges with pinking shears to prevent fraying.
- Design hint: Use colors that blend and mix together, or use colors found in a floral pattern, or stay within 1 or 2 colors for a country or holiday theme, or even just use 1 color with a neutral color mix.
- Sew the flag right-side-up on the inside/ wrong side of the tape/ ribbon with a long tack stitch. I did not leave any spaces between my flags, but you can leave half the flag width space between each flag.
- Fold the tape or ribbon over the top of the flags and sew closed. I used a long serpentine stitch.
- Viola! Tie up to drape across or over the tables.
Let your children help decorate your party space with bunting! It is creative, fun and an easy sewing project for ~
- a lovely baby shower gift
- beautiful decor for a young child’s room if done in pastel colors
- dramatic yet simple nautical decor for a boy’s room if done in navy, white and blues
- festive decor for weddings
- kitchen tea party decor
- outdoor luncheons or dinners
- (a friend visiting while I was sewing this bunting suggested that the flags would make a delightful quilt! – That would be a wonderful project too!)
Any other comments or suggestions? Please feel free to share in the comments!