How to make bunting

How to make bunting for VE Day

Decorate your home and garden with beautiful fabric bunting – follow our easy instructions to sew your own, or try our quick alternative for beginners.

This homemade bunting is the perfect addition to your VE Day celebrations and can be used again for any special occasion such as weddings and birthdays. It’s easy and cheap to make – you can use up small pieces of fabric, or even upcycle your old clothes! If you don’t have a sewing machine, our method below can easily be sewn by hand. We’ve also come up with a super speedy alternative if you’d like to make a quicker version.

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Prep 4-6 hours

You will need

  • A selection of fabrics
  • Bias binding tape (the length will be your finished bunting)
  • Thread in a matching colour to your bias binding

Equipment

  • Needle (or sewing machine, if you have one)
  • Paper
  • Pencil, tailor’s chalk or fabric erasable pen
  • Scissors
  • Pins

Method

Step one

Step one how to make bunting

First, make a paper template for the flags. Fold a piece of paper in half and cut a straight diagonal line, then unfold to reveal a symmetrical triangle shape. You can make your flag whatever size you like – ours was 13cm wide and 16cm high.

Pin the template to the back of your chosen fabric and use a pencil, tailor’s chalk or fabric pen to draw around it. Cut out the shape, adding a 1cm (¼in) border all around.

Step two

step two how to make bunting

Cut another piece of the fabric to match the first and pin the right (best) side of the fabrics together. Hand or machine sew the two diagonal edges along the template lines, leaving the top edge open, to create a pocket.

Step three

step three how to make bunting

Trim away excess fabric from the seam at the point of the triangle, cutting about 3mm away from the stitching. Turn inside out, using a narrow blunt tool to push the tip of the triangle out.

Step four

Step four how to make bunting

Iron the flag to flatten. Repeat steps one to three, to make as many flags as desired.

Step five

Step five how to make bunting

Fold the bias binding over the unstitched edges of your pocket, then pin together. Repeat with the remaining pockets, making sure the gap between each of the pockets is approximately the same. Don’t forget to leave at least 30cm of bias binding at either end for hanging.

Step six

Step six how to make bunting

Stitch along the open edge of the bias binding using thread in a coordinating colour, sewing through all of the layers. Your bunting is now finished and ready to hang.

Quick alternative

Quick version of bunting

If you’re short on time, you can make this super quick version. Simply cut out a triangular flag with pinking shears (for a jagged edge) or scissors (for a straight edge). Then jump straight to step five and finish with bias binding.

What is bias binding?

Bias binding tape is a long strip of folded fabric cut on the diagonal so that it’s slightly stretchy. It’s most commonly used to cover the edge of fabrics or stitching to prevent fraying and create a neat finish. We used a non-folded type of bias binding called ‘cotton webbing tape’, but any type will work for this project. It’s readily available from craft shops or online. 

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