Lettered Bunting

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!

Flag Bunting

  1. 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.
  2. Cut out a triangle cardboard template about 18cm (7″) wide with a perpendicular height of about 20cm (8″)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Fold the tape or ribbon over the top of the flags and sew closed. I used a long serpentine stitch.
  7. 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!


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