There’s nothing like a Bit of Bunting….

    Pin Box

It’s so true. There aren’t many occasions that can’t be brightened up by some cheerful little triangles fluttering in the breeze. I made some gorgeous vintage bunting last year to hang out on the veranda for Christmas.

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Super special isn’t it. I got a great mix of fabrics

Material 4  Material 3

Material 2  Material 1

and I love the fact that I can wheel it out year after year so it becomes very much part of the fabric of the Figlets’ Christmas memories. Now I actually went a bit mad last year and made too many triangles.

Unfinished bunting

Look here they are. They’ve been sitting in a box all year long waiting for someone to help them to fulfil their destiny and be fully fledged bunting hanging on someone’s wall at Christmas time. How can I possibly thwart the desires of half made bunting? I can’t, so I’m going to show you how to make bunting and then I’m going to parcel it up and send it off to someone to enjoy!

I’d better start by saying I can’t sew. I can’t knit or crochet with any kind of panache either but then you can take cheer from this sad fact because if I can make this bunting then anyone can. Begin by making a cardboard triangle 18cm across the top and 21cm for the sides. I’m using my gingham red triangle in the photo that was already cut out from last year. Simply pin the triangle to the fabric you’re cutting….

Lay out

……and snip, snip, snip along the edges with pinking shears. I love pinking shears because they stop the fabric from fraying. You can use normal scissors though. I backed each triangle with red gingham because I had a huge roll of it to use up. You can use the same fabric for both sides or buy a cheaper backing fabric. A friend used the red gingham side of the bunting for a Farmyard Party last year – I love versatile bunting!

Cut with pinking shears

Now turn the right sides together (the right sides are the good sides, the ones you want to display), pin together and simply sew along the two sides. Don’t bother sewing the top. You will be hiding the top when you sew the binding tape along.

Right sides together

Now turn the right way out and use a pencil to poke the pointy point at the bottom of the triangle and make it super pointy! Then iron flat. Ironing your triangles is Really Essential. They look so much better all flat and crisp. Now all you need to do is make a few more!

Turn right way out and iron

Once you have your triangles all sewn up you can start on the binding tape. You can use coloured binding tape or a thick ribbon but I am making my own out of one of my pieces of Christmas fabric. Simply cut a strip about 6cm wide and as long as the material. If you’re using a patterned fabric make sure it’s the right way up. See my little birds are the right way up? We don’t want wonky birds.

Strip of binding

Now turn the top edge down about 1cm-1.5cm or there abouts and iron it flat all the way along and do the same for the bottom edge.

Iron one hem  Ironed binding hems

Now you can start to pin your triangles into the binding tape.

Start pinning triangles Getting there

Keep going gently laying each triangle on the binding and folding over and pinning. Pin, pin, pin and you’ll soon have something like this….

Me

Now take a deep breath it’s time to sew it all together. I have a love hate relationship with my sewing machine. Sometimes it works like a dream, purring away happily like a cat and sometimes it gets tangled up, spits out too much thread, runs away with itself like a defective stream train. We’re a Work In Progress you could say. My best advice is to Take It Slowly. Bit by bit, centimeter by centimeter sew along the edge of the binding keeping the fabric nice and straight. And remember, Sewing, like Life, is a marathon not a sprint.

Start sewing

And here it is.

Bunting Circle

Really pleased with it and can’t wait for it to reach it’s destination and Fulfil it’s Destiny! Here it is all wrapped up ready to send. Post a comment on my Facebook Page when you receive it won’t you Lucky Person!!

To be sent

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