Time and time again we make the standard triangle flag bunting, I myself have made many. Bunting with Merry Christmas on, bunting with my nephew’s name on and just plain old bunting. I have never thought about changing it up into something different, different style or even shape until this evening. Fresh back from a lovely evening out the idea just jumped out at me. Seeing some old half circle fabric pieces I intended to use for a patchwork cushion that never happened inspired this idea.
This has been a great opportunity to create a video tutorial on how to make this bunting. This will create a 29-inch long bunting strip. Feel free to add more or less to create your own style.
Equipment And Materials
- Fabric- Mainly something with no stretch as the pieces will stretch out of place. Make sure you have at least a fat quarter to cover your bias tape if you make your own.
- Fabric Scissors
- Tape Measure
- Pinking Shears – these are really helpful to cut into the fabric but having more control.
- Cutting Mat- I always have my cutting mat out on my desk to save any scratches or damage to my work surface.
- Bias Tape – Use bias tape if you don’t want to make your own. Both work just as well.
Remember a great tip is to always have your equipment out on the desk and ready so you don’t have to waste time looking for it. Always press your fabrics before cutting into them, this will give a cleaner cut and a better result in the long run. It may take some time but it is always worth it.
The first step is to create the paper pattern, this will be useful for if you want to make the bunting again or even use the pattern for a patchwork quilt. Create the paper pattern by using something round like a cup, tape roll or even by hand. Cut the circle out and fold in half, cut down the centre to create 2 half circles. You can make this template to be any size you wish, I made mine to be 2-inch by 3 1/2 -inch.
Cut 20 circles into 10 different fabrics, remember that you need 2 of each fabric as they will be sewn together and bagged out. Once you had cut out your circles’ pair up your fabrics and pin together.
Sew your circle pairs together, make sure your right sides are facing together with the wrong side facing out. Sew together following the curve around from one end to the other, make sure you leave the straight edge open. Trim down the seam with the pinking shears and turn through. Alternatively, you can use scissors and cut small triangles out of the seam to relieve the pull on the fabric.
Once the circles have been turned through, the next step is to press the seams down to make them crisp and neat. This will help with any bulk that was from the seam allowance inside. Trim off any loose threads to make sure they don’t catch while using the sewing machine.
Lay the bias tape right side facing down on the circles. The half circles will need to be laid in a line ready to be pinned to the bias tape. Line them up in the order you want them and make sure they are touching. Pin your bias tape to your half circles and sew into place. This should create a continuous stitch from a half circle to half circle. Press open the seam from the circle bunting to the bias tape. If you have made your own bias, iron down a fold so that the fabric edge of the bias tape is touching the raw edge of the circles. Iron over a fold again to create a thin neat strip.
Step Seven – Finishing Your Bunting
Fold over the bias tape to create the neat binding and pin into place. Sew the binding in place by sewing over the top with a running stitch or if you want to hide the stitching use a slip stitch with a hand sewing needle. Now you are all done and have created your alternative bunting.
I really enjoyed making this bunting and it proudly lives in my niece’s Wendy house. It is a lovely twist on the traditional triangle. I would love to know if you have adapted from a traditional shape or pattern to create something of your own. Let me know down in the comments and why you changed it.