The bunting template I made is ridiculously easy I know but now you have an extra 5-10 minutes to enjoy a coffee or flick through your favourite magazine instead of deciding on what measurements to use! Of course, do whatever works for you but I liked the dimensions of the smaller triangle shown.
- 5m of 1 inch wide bias tape (buying off the roll is cheaper)
- 1m fabric (I used 3 different types of cotton)
- cotton thread
- Cardboard for template
- Download template PDF
- Tailors chalk
- Rotary cutter
- cutting mat
Step 1Cut out preferred triangle/flag size, trace and transfer to heavy cardboard, cut out.
Step 2Mark 36 single triangles or 18 double sided triangles with tailors chalk onto your fabric.
Step 3Cut out triangles with rotary cutter on your mat (there are plenty of video's on U-Tube re: using a rotary cutter if you are a virgin user).
Step 4Lay out your triangles, working out your pattern if you are using more than one pattern / colour material.
Step 5Match wrong sides together and sew down both left and right sides of your triangles (making them double-sided). I did a simple zig zag down both 26cm sides and left the 19cm top-stitched. (You could also cut them out with pinking shears at step 3 and straight stitch down the sides instead).
Step 6Lay out your 5m of bias tape, finding the middle and marking it with tailors chalk or a pin.
Step 7Working from the middle of the bias tape out to the ends, space your triangles approx 4.5cm apart folding the bias tape in half to secure the 19cm edge of the triangle in the tape and pin (the point of the triangle being opposite to the bias tape). I left 45cm at both ends for ties.
Step 8Sew the triangles into the folded bias tape using a simple straight stitch or get all fancy. FINISHED - hang and admire your handiwork!
Variations - sew/applique letters onto your triangles for kids door signs or happy birthday banners etc..
Ed note: See an update of this project here.