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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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  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. :)

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

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

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

  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?

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

  7. lovely job and great tips Thank yiu!

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

  9. Thank you for the know-how tips. I am just starting my first one and have got as far as sewing the triangles themselves. They look very colourful. Glad I found your pin to do the tops. I will carry on with this tomorrow.

  10. Thanks for the tutorial. The last pic of your lap covered in thread made me chuckle as that's me every time!! Right lets get bunting! ��

  11. If you blunt the end of your triangle just a little you will still have a point after seeing an much easier to turn and push out the point


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