Here's the easy bunting template I made when I wanted to whizz up some funky bunting for my son's newly decorated bedroom. I don't have bags of patience (understatement!) so it had to be something I could make quickly and easily.
7 years later, this bunting still hangs proudly in his bedroom and I am not allowed to take it down!
With a sheet of A4 paper and a 12" rule, I drew one 6 1/2" line horizontally, as below. I marked the halfway point along this line (at 3 1/4") and drew a long line at right angles to the original line, all the way down the page.
From each end of the horizontal line I measured 8 1/2", drawing in a line that met the vertical line, to create an elongated triangle. Ta-dah! My bunting template was ready to use.
My son had outgrown and almost worn out a favourite pair of football print flannel PJs but was desperate not to part with them, even though the trousers were halfway up
his legs! I promised to make something with them
that he would see every day in his bedroom. So, I made them into bunting and used an old 'dressing up skirt' (another story for another day) to make coordinating bias binding.
I started by cutting open all of the seams in the PJs, cutting off the waistband of the pants and the collar from the top, so I was left with a small pile of usable fabric pieces.
Then I placed one piece of the PJ fabric over the lining fabric and pinned my template in place before cutting out my first fabric pieces.
Repeating this processs, I had enough fabric for 16 triangles from the PJ fabric and backing fabric.
Keeping right sides together. I pinned each fabric pair together along the long edges of the triangles, leaving the 6 1/2" top edge free.
Using a 1/4" seam allowance and back-stitching at the beginning and end for security, I stitched the 2 fabric pieces together.
After carefully snipping the end point of the triangle off, to reduce bulk, I turned each trianle out to the right side, using a knitting needle to ensure a neat point at the end of each triangle.
This was a wee bit fiddly but worth it for a nice finish!
I pressed every triangle carefully, then trimmed the top of each triangle to remove any excess fabric from the seams (to get a nice neat edge)
I made my bias binding but it's easy and quick to use ready made binding.
Working out from the centre of the binding, I pinned the triangles to the
inside of the bias binding, sandwiching them inside. I made sure to leave 4" (20cm) at each end for tying.
I sewed about 1/4" in from the edge along the whole length of the bias binding, securing each triangle, until I reached the other end.
Last, I made a loop for hanging at each end and hung the bunting up to my son's great delight!
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