DIY Fabric Bunting for sewing beginners
DIY Fabric bunting for sewing beginners
Welcome to our DIY fabric bunting for sewing beginners post.
Without a doubt, this is a must try pattern for all sewers. Although they may look fairly difficult, these buntings are possibly one of the easiest sewing projects you can do. As well as not needing a pattern, you can also make use of old scrap fabric, or put those beautiful fat quarters that you have bought to good use.
As a rule, it doesn’t matter what size you would like to have your bunting flags. However, just remember that the bigger your flags, the more fabric you will need. Additionally, you can also use the measurements that I have used.
Furthermore, before you start; it is equally important to note that you can also use different fabric for each bunting flag. Another option is to use our old baby clothes to make a personal keep sake.
Below you will find the full tutorial.
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DIY fabric bunting- What you need.
Another reason why this easy bunting project is fantastic, is that the list of what you need is very basic. Generally speaking, all you need is general sewing equipment and fabric.
You will need:
- Fabric of your choice or scrap fabric (you can find some beautiful fat quarters at amazing prices HERE)
- card (I used an old cereal box)
- Fabric scissors
- Paper/card scissors
- fabric chalk/ tailors chalk
- Sewing machine
- Thread to match your bias binding or ribbon
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
DIY fabric bunting- Cutting out the template and fabric.
To begin making your bunting, you first need to make your stencil. First, measure out and draw a simple triangle on a piece of card.
Although the measurements that I have used are 20cm for the top and 25cm for each point, you can always customise the size or length to what you prefer. R
Furthermore, always remember to add on your seam allowance, my seam allowance is 1/3 inch.
Once your stencil is drawn and you have cut it out, it’s time to start on your fabric.
Next, draw around your stencil onto your fabric and cut out the desired amount of flags that you would like out of your chosen fabric or fabrics.
Additionally, remember that you will need 2 fabric triangles for each flag.
DIY Fabric bunting- Cutting and pinning
Once you have cut out all of your flags, you are ready to start preparing them. Due to the risk of the fabric moving when you are sewing, I always suggest that you pin your projects. Alternatively if you don’t want to use pins, you can buy special fabric clips. You can find these HERE.
DIY fabric bunting- Sewing
Next on our DIY fabric bunting, it is time to start sewing your bunting. As we are going to be turning each flag, you will need to leave a gap on each flag, see image-
During this project, you will be using a straight stitch. Start at one corner on your seam allowance and sew a straight line down to the point.
Once you are nearly at the end of your point, move your hand wheel until your needle is all the way into the fabric. Next, lift up the presser foot and pivot your fabric on the machine, lining up your seam allowance to sew the other side. Again, sew a straight stitch back to the opening and repeat the turning process. Once again, use a straight stitch to sew along the top line. However do not sew all the way on this line, as you need to leave a gap to turn.
Along with this, make sure that you back stitch at the beginning and end of your sewing.
DIY fabric bunting- Turning your flags and pressing
After you have completed sewing your triangles, it comes to turning them the right way.
Overall, this is a fairly easy step, but take your time as you don’t want to rush this part and ruin what you have already done.
Before turning, using your fabric scissors, VERY carefully snip off some of the scrap fabric. As well as this, carefully snip the point.
During this part, make sure that you don’t accidentally cut through any of the thread that you have sewn.
Once you have turned to fabric, Using a blunt stick or poker, turn your fabric right side round (using the gap you left) and gently poke out your point. Continue this for each of your triangles.
After this, set your iron to the recommended heat of the fabric that you are using and press your triangles flat. You may want to use a little bit of steam to help with any creases, however be careful not to burn your fabric.
DIY fabric bunting- Attaching your ribbon
Next on our DIY fabric bunting, it is time to prepare the ribbon. Simply fold your ribbon in half and iron on a low heat. Alternatively, you can also use bias binding, or even make your own from scrap fabric.
Once you have prepared your ribbon or bias binding, pin your flags with an even gap in between. Additionally, there is no rule for how close your bunting flags should be, this is your choice. Generally speaking, it is a good idea to try them out at different widths.
DIY Fabric bunting- Finishing touches
Without a doubt, your last steps are relatively quick and easy.
First, line up your pinned bunting on your sewing machine and ensure that you sew your ribbon about 1/4 inch in, this will make sure that you have sewn all of the bunting flags within.
Last but not least on our DIY fabric bunting is cleaning up your project. Simply use your scissors to cut off any thread that you can see. Once you have done this, you have a beautiful decoration that you can use for any occasion.
DIY Fabric bunting
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