I’ve developed a small obsession with fabric buntings lately. You may also know them as a fabric banner. They are really inexpensive, so simple to make, and seem to add just the right touch to any party or special occasion. I recently used them at my son’s baptism party and my son’s first birthday party. I’ve had several requests to either buy one or directions to make it yourself so I thought I would share the step-by-step simple directions with you so you can make your very own fabric bunting for your next party or special occasion. If you’d prefer to have one made for you, please contact us and send us your request.
(Directions are for 2 – Eight pennant fabric buntings. Adjust your supplies up or down based on your desired length)
- 3 Coordinating Fabrics: Either Fat Quarters or 1/4 yard cuts will work. Prewash all fabric.
- 1 Coordinating Spool of 1″ Ribbon
- Paper Template (see directions below)
- Rotary Cutter and Cutting Surface (alternatively fabric scissors will work but will take you a lot longer)
- Sewing Machine with Coordinating Thread
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Spray Starch (optional but recommended)
The paper template is really easy to make. Start with an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock (printer paper will work if you don’t’ have cardstock, but won’t stand up as well.
- Draw a 6″ line across the top
- Measure 3″ to the center and draw an 8″ line down forming a “T”
- Draw a line from either side of the top line to the middle bottom line. These lines should be approx. 8 3/4″
- Cut out your template
- Fabric: Iron each cut of fabric. Fold in 1/2 the long way – right sides out. Spray with starch and iron again.
- Ribbon: Fold the ribbon in 1/2 and iron a fold in the ribbon.
- Lay out your first fabric on your rotary cutting mat – Remember that it should already be ironed in half
- Trim the open end so that the fabric is exactly 8″
- Lay your pattern on the left edge of the fabric
- Cut each edge of your first triangle.
- Flip your pattern to cut an upside down triangle with your next cut.
- Continue alternating cuts until you have cut all the way across the fabric. You will end up with two cuts of fabric back to back with right sides facing out. Leave each set together.
- Repeat for each selection of fabric
- Take your first triangle set (two pieces of fabric wrong sides together) and sew down the right side of the triangle and up the left side of the triangle. You will leave the top unsewn for now.
- Continue to do this for each triangle set you have cut. It’s easier to “chain sew” these, meaning to just keep sewing from one triangle to the next. Just leave a few stitches in between each triangle. I decided to sew mine in the order I wanted to create the bunting in so I didn’t have to sort it later.
- If you chain sewed your pennants, cut them apart. Make sure they are in the order you will create your bunting.
- Grab your ironed ribbon. Leave a length of ribbon at the beginning of your bunting depending on how much extra length you need to tack/tie it up. I stapled mine to the fence, so only needed about 2″. You may need more or less depending on how you want to use it.
- Fold the ribbon on the top of your first pennant. Sew with a zig zag stitch sewing the pennant into the ribbon.
- Repeat until you have sewn ribbon across all of the tops of your pennants. You can sew either direction, so choose the one that feels the most natural to you. I made two buntings so that I could lay they across the top of each other. Adjust your bunting to fit your individual project.
- Finish the ends as you desire. I lopped the end back on itself and sewed it down.
You now have your own fabric bunting. This would be perfect for party decor that you could use over and over. It would also be a perfect project for your child’s room or baby’s nursery. I would love to see pictures of your beautiful fabric buntings! Send me your picture at: [email protected] and I may feature a few on this post.
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