It’s been about 10 years since I’ve attempted a sewing project. Actually I’m struggling to remember sewing something I finished and actually liked… ever.
So imagine my surprise when these fabric bunting flags for the boys room turned out perfectly! And I did it all by myself! I’m in genuine shock. I didn’t even have to use the un-picker once.
They are super simple to make and here’s how:
1. Choose a mix of different coloured / patterned fabrics. I was lucky enough to find all of these scraps in the remnant bins. All of the fabric pieces were different shapes and sizes, but I ended up with 26 flags (52 individual triangles) which was the perfect amount for my 5 metres of bias binding.
2. Iron your fabric if you need to then double it over with wrong sides together – you’ll be cutting two triangles at once and you want the right side of the fabric facing out.
3. Using a cardboard template (you can see I used the box from our yoghurt snack packs), carefully cut fabric triangles using a pair of pinking shears. You want the edges to be as neat as possible because they will be on show. Also ensure you keep the same 2 triangles together (I used a pin to keep the pair together). This will ensure the edges line up perfectly when you start sewing.
4. Once you’re finished cutting, start sewing each pair of triangles together. This is where it’s important that the pinked edges line up perfectly. Sew the triangle in one continuous line, keeping the needle down when you get to the bottom to turn. Try to keep the seam on both sides as even as possible. My seam was 1cm from the edge.
5. Once you have finished all of your flags, you’re ready to pin them to the bias binding. Make sure the bias binding is open and the top of the flag is running along the exact middle of the binding. Fold the binding over the top of the flag and pin. I got a bit excited and forgot to take a photo of this step, but the following shows you the spacing of my flags (approx. 3.5cm) and what the sewn bias binding should look like…
Leave an overhang of bias binding at each end – I only left about 20cm, but consider leaving more if you are going to be tying the bunting to a curtain rod etc.
6. Using a zigzag stitch, fasten the flags to the bunting. I managed to sew the 5 metres in one continuous line (surprisingly!). Trim any threads and you’re all finished.
Getting there slowly…
This was such a fun project and it only took me one morning (3.5 hours) from start to finish and that included a few interruptions from the boys. I’m slowly getting the boys room organised and can tick this off the list. In case you missed it, here’s the mood board I’m working towards for the boys room. See the original post here.
The inspiration for this bunting came from ‘the ultimate tutorial’ on Sew in Love.