Last week was a much needed break from blogging. I am absolutely loving this, but it was nice to let myself off the hook for the week. Especially with a little one who has a double ear infection. But now we’re back and I have some fun stuff coming up! Bunting is very in right now, especially for parties. I made this bunting for the shower (which actually didn’t end up happening, but the day turned out perfectly anyway). I love it. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to add color and a special touch to any party. You could also use it in a child’s bedroom, I’m thinking of doing one in neutrals to add a little something to our home decor around the holidays. Once you’ve made the bunting you can customize it in anyway with words or designs.
Here’s what you need to make your own.
:: bunting template
:: three or four coordinating fabrics –
:: scissors or rotary cutter
:: glue gun
One of the most frustrating parts of making bunting is getting the shape of each triangle right. There is a fine line between shark teeth – too skinny – and pizza on a string – too wide. So, to eliminate the guess work, I created a bunting template to help you get the perfect shape every time. Just click on the picture below to download your free bunting template!
Start by cutting out your desired size from your template – size does not take into account seam or ‘fold-over’ allowance. I used the 3″ template for this tutorial. Using the template as a guide cut out all the triangles you plan on using in your bunting. I ended up using a total of 21 triangles for mine, perfect to dress up a dessert table.Once all the triangles cut out, I stack them in the order I plan on attaching them to my twine. Just to eliminate the chance of putting them on in the wrong order. That happens way more than I’d like to remember.Place a triangle wrong side up, lay your twine across the top. I leave quite a bit of extra twine at both the beginning and the end of my bunting just to make it easy to re-use somewhere else. Run a bead of glue across the twine. Fold the top of your fabric over so it just covers both the glue and twine.When you flip it over you’ll have little corners sticking out on either side. I trim these corners after I’m done glueing all my triangles. To make the double strand like mine, you’ll either need to make two separate strands of bunting, one being 3 or 4 triangles shorter than the other – or – when you get to the length you want your top strand, leave about 6 or so inches of blank twine and begin your second strand. *If you do it this way make sure to make the second strand of triangles face OPPOSITE your first strand (the points will be facing the same direction but you should see the wrong side of the fabric on the second strand). This way, when you hang them both strands will be right side forward. Sorry if thats confusing, just trust me.You can also use the template as a sewing pattern and use binding to attach your triangles.