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Summer Buntings - Make Your Own!

Buntings are an easy, affordable & very pretty way to decorate any room or occasion. They also make great unique personalised gifts for others.­ All our fabric is avaialble in quarter and fat quarter lengths - just perfect for bunting flags so why not make your own this Summer?
Here is a short guide to making your own bunting:
What you will need:
  • Fabric - 2-3 Fat Quarters of your chosen ones.
  • Appro­ximately 3 metres of Grosgrain Ribbon.
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Pins
  • Unpicker
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing Machine - Straight stitch length 2.5 (browse our range of domestic sewing machines)
  • Bunting Template which you can download here


  1. Cutting out the bunting. Lay fabric out with any patterns facing up.  Lay your pattern pieces onto the fabric as instructed.  Cut as many flags as you would like to.  If you want to make 6 flags, cut 12 pieces of fabric out.
  2. Preparing the pieces for sewing. Place your first piece of fabric on the table with the right side facing up at you.  Lay on a second piece face down so the right sides are together and pin along the two long sides. There is a dotted line drawn across the point of the pattern piece. When your pieces are pinned together, place a pin along this line on the point as a reference for when to stop and pivot. This will help you to sew the flag accurately with a 1cm seam allowance on both sides.
    Sew a 1cm seam allowance along the two long edges to make a 'v' shape, making sure to not sew the top closed as you'll need to turn them through!
  3. Preparing your bunting flags. Trim the excess fabric off at the point to reduce the fullness. Turn the flags the right way round and carefully poke the point through with small scissors. Iron the flags so that they are all flat and neat.  Trim any excess off the top so that you have a neat straight line.
  4. Pinning the flags onto the ribbon.  Allowing a long length for the tie on one end, place your first flag onto the grosgrain so that it sits just under halfway down from the top. Pin in place. Measure 10cm along and place the next flag in position. Repeat for the rest of the flags. Leave a long length at the other end also for the tie.
    You can either tack the flags on at this stage, or sew them on using a long stitch length which will keep them all in place.   If you are confident, you can skip to the next step.
  5. Sewing the flags. Using zig-zag stitch, width 4-5 and length 2.5, stitch along the length of the grosgrain keeping the foot lined up with the edges to sew along the centre. Fold over the ends of the ties twice and stitch down with straight stitch.

Voila! Now you just need to find somewhere to hang it!

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*Please note this guide was taken from the Sewing Directory. Link here 

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