Fabric bunting just screams happy to me. Bunting is traditionally used for festive occasions and can be made of fabric, paper or plastic. In reality it is just some triangles, right? Couldn’t be hard to make, can it? It is easy as pie and even this novice sewer can make them.

What You’ll Need:

  • Cotton fabric (stash fabric preferably) 1 fat quarter (18″ x 22″) can make 4 triangles (makes two flags once sewn together)
  • Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape in coordinating color (3 yards)
  • Triangle template pdf (makes 9 inch long triangles)

Step One:
Cut out 16 triangles using template. You can use scissors or a rotary cutter if you have one. Depending on the amount of fabric you have, you may choose to use the same fabric for the front and back of your triangle or you could use different fabric for each or you could even use the same fabric for the backs of all triangles leaving only the front ones with the different fabrics.

Step Two:
With right sides facing, align two triangles together and pin. You will have eight triangles.

Step Three:
Sew along the long edges of the triangles, pivoting at the point. You will need to set your sewing machine needle to the far left and sew a 1/4 inch seam.

Step Four:
When you are done sewing, square of the point the point of your triangle and trim excess fabric near the point so your points will be be nice and sharp. Be careful to not cut through the seam.

Step Five:
Turn the triangle inside out and push out the point of your triangle, but be careful not to poke through the fabric. Press the triangles with an iron.

Step Six:
Once pressed, you are going to sew on the right side of the triangle and sew another 1/4 inch seam along the long edges of the triangle and pivot at the point. Press triangle again.

Step Seven:
Remove the bias tape from the packaging and press it to remove any wrinkles or fold marks.

Step Eight:

Measure four inches from the edge of the tape and fold it over to form a loop. This will help when it comes time to hang. Six inches from the loop, place your first triangle inside the fold of the tape and pin. Measure 2 inches from the first triangle and pin your second triangle inside the fold of the tape. Continue on until all triangles are pinned. You should have 10 inches left at the end. Form a loop at the end the same way you did at the beginning. The loop should be six inches away from the last triangle.

Step Nine:
Sew the bias tape closed with your needle still to the far left and with your presser foot as a guide, sew along the left edge to sew the 1/4 inch seam.

Step Ten:
Hang up your bunting. Huzzah!