A few years back I made some bunting using Christmas fabrics. It looks so festive strung around the house. Last year I put it up around the veranda where we had our Christmas dinner. Since then I have been meaning to make some more, so last week I bit the bullet and got started.
I had already bought a heap of Christmas fabrics that I couldn’t resist. I finally got my act together and started cutting all the triangles. I mentioned that I was going to make some on Friday, and several people asked me share with you how I made it. I’m no craft blogger – I go for the look rather than a quality finish – but here is how I made my Christmas bunting.
I bought my fabric in 20 cm strips – it just means less cutting. I used a rotary cutter to cut the triangles. The base is 14cm wide. By doing it like this I could just cut in a zigzag and get more triangles (I had already cut them out before I thought to take some photos – hopefully you get the idea!).
Using a cotton that was a similar colour to the fabric, I zigzagged the edges of the triangles. If you have a little fellow like me, you may have a facinated on looker. The machine just kept going up and down, and round and round!
The easiest way to do this is to sew up one side of each triangle, just let it run to the end and then push the next triangle under. This way there is no corners to turn.
After the triangles have been zigzagged on one side, cut and repeat on the other. I then cut the dangling threads off each piece and ironed them.
I used some fabric tape (my mother had heaps so she gave me some – I’m not sure what it is really) to sew the triangles on to. Place the top of the triangle, print side down, on top of the tape then sew them together. I used zig zag stitch again and left a 1 – 2cm gap between each flag to make hanging easier later. I also left about 50cm of plain tape at each end so I can tie them up if needed. Altogether I got about 15 meters of bunting – plenty to string up around the house!
Here is the final product. After hanging it up, I realised I forgot to give it a final iron, but you get the gist!
As you can see, the flags are really only light weight. If I were planning on hanging them up all year, I would probably back them properly, but to be hung up for a few days of the year, this will do. I am thinking of making some in navy, cream, and cherry red for the kids bed room.
I love to decorate for Christmas, and although there is still several months till Christmas, I love getting prepared! Have you started getting organised yet?