3 August 2012

{Craft} 10 things I learned when making my first bunting !

Today I finished my first homemade fabric bunting and I've learned a few things along the way.
So here are a few tips and observations that might be helpful to you:


1- Iron you fabric first. It will be easier to cut.
2- Use a template to cut the triangles. It is a lot quicker than measuring.
3- Once you have sewn the flags on the reverse of the fabric, turn the flags over and use a chopstick to push the fabric of the tip.


4- When doing so, be careful not to push to hard or you will rip the fabric (and yes it did happen to me !)
5- Iron you Bias tape to make a crisp fold. It will be so much easier to work with a tape already folded.


6- There is no need to sew the top of the flag, it will be sewn together with the bias tape.
7- Leave some tape free at both ends for tying your bunting.
8- Spacing the flags evenly looks a lot better.
9- To space the flags, make a little "spacer" by cutting a piece of paper or cardboard with the same width as the gap you want. It is a quick and easy way to get an even look without having to measure constantly.

10- Snip these little corners so the top of the flag is a straight line


And my best advice to you: If you have friends or family around, ask for advice. It is so much easier when somebody shows you. Thank you Karri for helping me out !

Oh and by the way, when you're done, it is very likely that you (or the floor around you) will be covered in thread and fabric scraps !



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9 comments :

  1. Love this. Thanks for sharing such a colorful tutorial. I haven't made bunting yet but want to make a small version for my Christmas tree instead of garland. I saw your link on Sundae Scoop. :) Would love for you to check out my blog, if you have the chance. I'm a new follower. :)

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  2. this is exactly what I needed! thanks for the time and frustration saving tips! :)

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  3. nice direction but where can I find how to actually do this? Where would i find a template?

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  4. Hi. You just have to decide how big you want the flags to be and trace a triangle to make a template.

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  5. Thank you sooo much, I'm about to make bunting to hang up at a stall for a school project. This has really helped, but do you know where I could find a good template?

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  6. Thanks for the tips. They will definately come in handy. I can't wait to get going on my buntings.

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  7. lovely job and great tips Thank yiu!

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  8. Thank you so much for posting this it has saved me from making lots of mistakes on my first attempt.

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