How to make your own bunting {Summer Sun-day}

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Have you ever wanted to make your own bunting? It’s so easy to do and is great for summer parties or BBQs, your kitchen, the kids bedrooms…anywhere you like really! It’s really quick and simple even for beginner sewers and uses up your fabric stash really well; here’s how to do it:

You will need:

  • Pieces of fabric (you can use fabric from your stash – you can easily get 6 triangle pieces from a fat quarter – which will make 3 triangles)
  • Bias binding
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler
  • A4 paper
  • Scissors (one for paper and one for fabric)
  • Pencil
  • Pins

To make your pattern:

  1. Take a piece of A4 paper and fold vertically
  2. From your centre point at the top of the page, measure and mark 5 inches (12.5cm) to the left and the right (this will form the top of your bunting triangle)
  3. From your centre point, measure down 9 inches (22.5cm) and make another mark.
  4. Using a ruler, draw a line from your bottom centre point to each of the top marks to make your triangle and cut this out

To make your bunting:

  1. Draw out your triangles onto your fabric using tailors chalk (or pencil!) and cut out – don’t forget each piece of bunting will have a front and a back so you’ll need two of each fabric. My bunting had 15 triangles so I cut 30 triangle pieces
  2. Pin two matching triangles with the fabric right sides together and with a 0.5cm seam allowance sew along the two sides that meet the bottom point, leaving the top of your triangle open
  3. Cut across the point of each triangle to remove the fabric bulk, taking care not to cut your stitches
  4. Turn your triangles and press with a hot iron
  5. Lay your bunting pieces next to each other and measure the finished length; note this down. If you wish to space your bunting pieces, factor this into your finished length. Add another metre to your figure – this is how much bias binding you will need (I needed 5m)
  6. Find the middle of your bias binding and put your middle triangle here, then work outwards either side with your other triangles, pinning in place as you go. If you fold the bias binding in half with your triangles sandwiched in the middle, you have a lovely clean finish with no open edges
  7. Sew 3mm from each edge of the bias binding for a neat finish and to sew the triangles in place
  8. Hang your bias binding and enjoy!

Don’t forget you can share pictures of anything you make on the What Corrine Did Next on Facebook.

For next week’s Summer Sun-day, we’ll be sticking with a fabric theme (but if you want to make the Rocky Road Tray Bake or Gin and Tonic Cake from weeks 3 or 4 to help you sew, go ahead!)

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