My lovely friend Liz is getting married in August – yay! Liz bravely decided to make meters and meters of bunting to adorn her reception venue. I have written this tutorial for her and others who might like to make bunting for a special occasion. This tutorial is for quick and simple bunting suitable for complete beginners.
Cut out your bunting triangles using pinking shears (these are scissors with zig-zaged blades and can be bought for around £5 on Amazon or in any craft shop). This will ensure your fabric doesn’t fray and unravel and will also mean you don’t have to stitch two triangles together pin, sew, press, clip, turn out etc. Pinking your triangles will save you LOADS of time and fabric. Perfect if your bunting dreams are on a grand scale.
Most tutorials tell you to use bias tape to string your bunting and that’s fine and is worth doing if you want your bunting to be more durable and a permanent feature. However bias tape can be a little fiddly if you are a beginner so I suggest you find some cotton tape or ribbon (this will also save you quite a bit of money). Anything about 1.5-2cm wide is ideal. Take your stack of triangles and pin them at even intervals along your ribbon. Don’t forget to leave a longer length of ribbon at either end so you can tie your bunting up.
You’re ready to start sewing. My top tip for sewing in a straight line (don’t be embarrassed, it’s harder than it sounds) is to align the top edge of your ribbon and the fabric with the edge of your presser foot (see picture) and to hold that line. Alternatively mark a line right across the sole plate of your machine (that’s the metal plate with the lines etched on it in my picture) using masking tape or washi tape. Align the edge of your fabric with the tape to keep you on track.
Finally just to make sure you’re happy with where you’re stitching will be. Align everything as described above. Lower the presser foot and then lower the needle by hand down into the fabric. To lower the needle by hand turn the fly wheel (the big wheel on the side of your machine) towards you. Doing this will also stop the fabric slipping when you begin your sewing. If you are happy with how everything is aligned begin sewing. Don’t watch the needle fix your eyes on aligning the bunting with the edge of the presser foot or your tape depending on which method you are using. Try to stay nice and relaxed and don’t forget to back stitch by reversing your stitches at the beginning and end of your sewing to secure your threads. Sew in one continuous line along your ribbon the whole length of your bunting.