In case you haven’t been following the blog for the last month or two (where have you been?!) you will know that we are in the middle of planning Wales’ first major wedding festival – CWTCHFEST! One thing that is always popular in a festival themed wedding is bunting and we have a fantastic DIY tutorial for you today from one of our readers, Sam.
We will also be featuring Sam & Greig’s full wedding this Friday, if you can’t wait ’til then to see all her DIY elements here is her wedding video that we featured back in September.
DIY Beautiful Bunting
To make 1 metre of bunting you need:
- Assorted Fabrics
- 1m Bias Binding (25mm wide)
- Sewing machine
- Iron & Ironing board
- Sewing Pins (optional)
Draw 2 triangle templates for the flags of your bunting (My largest triangle was 15cm wide and 20cm long). Draw the 2nd triangle 1cm smaller (This template will help you to sew the flag accurately with a 1cm seam allowance on both sides). Cut the triangles out.
Draw around the large template onto the back of your fabric. You need to cut two triangles for each flag. (TIP: If you turn the template upside down you can tessellate and save fabric). Use the smaller template to draw your sewing line inside. Cut out along the outside line.
It’s time to get sewing!
Place 2 triangles together with the ‘good sides’ facing each other (you can pin the these together if you like). Sew from the top down to the point – stop with the needle down, lift the foot and pivot the flag around. Sew down the other line to make a ‘V’ shape. Do not sew the top.
Trim the excess fabric off at the sides and at the point to reduce the fullness. Turn inside out and carefully poke the point through with a pencil. Trim any excess off the top so that you have a neat straight line. Iron each triangle flat.
Fold and iron your bias binding.
Start by sewing around 10cm of bias, sewing it closed. (TIP: make this longer if you want to tie the bunting to something). Add your first triangle by opening the bias binding, and slipping in the top of the triangle. Continue sewing along the bias tape, sewing the first triangle inside. Continue this process, adding triangles at equal intervals until you have reached your desired bunting length (you can pin the triangles if you prefer) When you’ve attached all of the triangles, sew another 10cm of bias binding at the end of the bunting -just as you did at the beginning.
And that is it! Your bunting is ready!
When it comes to Bunting the possibilities are endless…here are some pictures of other styles. You can use any mix of fabrics, hessian or even vintage clothing. You can also make it single sided but remember to cut out the fabric with a pinking shears to avoid fraying. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can attach the flags to some twice using tiny pegs for a rustic twist.
I have just started using twitter and I would love a tweet to let me know how you get on making your bunting. If you have any questions, then please just get in touch @sam_crafty