Bunting for the baby - A beginners tutorial

As the birth of our friend's grandson grew nearer, we decided to make him the gift of some bunting to decorate his bedroom. Bunting always makes a lovely unique gift and to personalise it makes it that little bit more special.

We already knew he was to be named Reggie so we chose to make 8 flags, one for each letter plus a blank flag either side. We also wanted to make it double sided so that the bunting could be hung anywhere in the room and still look nice from either side. If you knew you were making bunting to be hung against a wall, you could make it single sided and it would be a quicker project using less fabric.

To make your own bunting, you will need:

* Fabrics for the flags - plan how many flags you will need to achieve the length of bunting you want and which order you will place the fabric flags. (The fabrics we used are linked in the photos.)

* Fabrics for the letters - this could be plain or patterned to coordinate with the backing fabrics.

* Thread

* Bias binding

* Triangle bunting template

* Letter/Number templates

* Rotary cutter

* Quilting ruler

* Cutting mat

* Fabric pen

* Fusible web

* Fabric scissors

* Pins

Step one:

First of all you will need to cut out the number of flags required for your bunting project, remember you will need double the amount of flags to make double sided bunting.

To do this, draw around your template on the wrong side of the fabric using a fabric pen.

Take your fabric onto the cutting mat, place your quilting ruler along the lines you have drawn and use your rotary cutter to cut out the triangles.

You now have all of your triangles prepared.

Step two:

Trace around the letter or number templates that you have selected on to the fusible paper, it is important to trace the letter/number in reverse.

Roughly cut around the letter/numbers and place the rough side of the fusible web against the wrong side of the fabric you are using and iron the paper onto the fabric. (You will only need a low heat and no steam.)

Carefully cut around each letter/number before peeling the backing paper off the fabric and placing each fabric letter/number onto the bunting flag of your choice and ironing into place.

Next you will need to stitch around the edge of the letter/number to secure, You can use any stitch, we chose to use zig zag stitch on the machine.

Step three: (skip to step four if making single sided bunting)

Pair your fabric flags and pin them together with right sides together.

Sew the two long sides together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving the top edge open.

Turn the flag inside out so that the right sides are now showing and push the point out using a knitting needle or something similar.

You now have all of your flags complete.

Step four:

Space out the flags as required and attach the bias binding by folding it over the top edge of the flags, pinning together.

Once each flag is pinned to the bias binding, sew along the edge of the bias binding ensuring the flag is being sewn in.

You now have your length of bunting.

Step five:

Finally, we like to fold over the end inch or so of bias binding and sew together to make a hanging loop either side of the bunting.

Your bunting is now complete and ready to hang :)

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