Making Christmas Bunting

This year I decided to make some Christmas bunting! It was fun, not too difficult, and definitely made me feel christmassy.  This tutorial works for any bunting you may want to try, not just Christmas bunting.  Just choose your own material.

So,I was in Hobbycraft grabbing knitting supplies and I noticed they had fat quarters for sale in Christmas themed materials.  They were really pretty and I was inspired to try and make Christmas tree decorations from them! After making a few Christmas tree decorations I still had loads of material left.

We have never had Christmas bunting in my house before. I’m not even sure it’s a thing, but I decided it would be the perfect use for all the spare material I had.  I also had a 15m piece of gold ribbon which I had got from Hobbycraft and I hadn’t used for crafting yet.

So I sat down at my Mum’s sewing machine and made this!

So Christmassy!

I am so proud of how it turned out, it’s really beautiful and looks great hung up in our living room. I thought I would blog about it so you can follow my simple steps to create your own Christmas bunting.

How to make Christmas Bunting

Materials needed:

Fat quarters in different colours and patterns
Cardboard or spare material
Chalk
Sewing machine
Scissors
Thread in red and gold
Gold ribbon
A measuring tape
Stitch picker

1. Decide on the size of triangle you want for the bunting, then make it 2cm bigger all around to allow for hemming.  Use a measuring tape to measure out your triangle and then draw it onto a piece of cardboard to make a template.

Alternatively, use chalk to draw the triangle onto a piece of scrap material.  Use the template (material or cardboard) to draw around on your chosen material to make lots of triangles of the same size.

2. Make sure your material is wrong side up. Using chalk, draw around your template and then cut out the triangle using your lines to guide you.

I decided to have 20 triangles on my bunting, so I cut out 40.  I had 10 different material designs so I cut out 4 triangles from each fat quarter.

Lots of lovely triangles

3. Once all your triangles are ready you can begin sewing.  Place two triangles with the right sides facing in.  Line up the point and sides as best you can but don’t worry if it doesn’t meet perfectly.  Any mistakes will be hidden after you have hemmed the triangles.

4. Using your sewing machine, sew down the right hand length of the triangle in a straight line, stopping in the corner. Do the same on the other long length, crossing the threads at the point.  Make sure to pull the thread through with your stitch picker and tie at each end when you complete a line of sewing.

5.  Now you can put your hand in the open end and turn the triangle inside out.  Use a pencil to push the corner out.

6.  Keep sewing until you have 20 hemmed triangles.  Don’t worry about the little triangles sticking up when the triangle is flattened, you will cut them off later.

Lots of lovely hemmed triangles!

7.  Next step is ironing the triangles! The triangles must be ironed to make sure they stay nice and flat and point downwards when you hang your bunting.  This step cannot be skipped!  Then cut off the little triangles that are jutting out the top.

8.  Now that you have 20 ironed triangles, you are ready to sew on the ribbon.  Work out how long your bunting will be, then add on a couple of foot on either side, this will make your ribbon longer for tying the bunting up.

I used a gauzy gold ribbon from Hobbycraft.  I decided my ribbon was too translucent so I actually doubled it up and started by sewing the two long pieces of ribbon together on the top in a straight line.  I used gold thread so that the stitches were not noticeable.

Then I cut another piece of ribbon the same length as the doubled one I had made, ready to use this on the back of the triangles.

9.  I just chose which triangle I thought looked best next, but you can also lay out your triangles and decide on a pattern before you start sewing.

10.  Now is the tricky bit. First, sew the two pieces of ribbon together on the bottom in a straight line.  When you get to the point where you will begin your bunting you need to carefully place the first triangle between your two pieces of ribbon and line everything up.  You can always pin it for extra security.  Then place it under your sewing machine foot, put the foot down and continue to sew across both pieces of ribbon and the triangle in a straight line.

Once you reach the end of the triangle, do a few more stitches through the ribbons, and then, keeping everything on the sewing machine, place your next triangle between the ribbons and line it all up again.

You don’t have to lift the foot to do this, just push the triangle as close as possible under the edge. Continue sewing in the same straight line.  Do this for each triangle until you finish.  Then keep sewing the ribbons to the end.

11.  Make sure to tie up the thread ends so they don’t come loose later.

You now have homemade Christmas bunting! Enjoy!

This post is not sponsored by Hobbycraft, they just happen to be my local craft store!

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