Hi! I’m Alanna from Bobishi and I am a mini bunting addict.
I can’t control my urges to add bunting to everything… I am ashamed to admit, I have over-bunted on more than one occasion.
I think it is not only because mini bunting is so cute and easy to make, but it is also because it uses up my weirdly shaped fabric scraps. So I thought that you lovely readers might like to share in my addiction and create your own mini bunting? It’s super easy and makes you feel all eco-friendly:) So for all you lovelies who are beginning your sewing journey this tutorial is for you!
So do you have a little pile of fabric scraps like this?
If you do then you will need these things:
- Your fabric scraps
- 12 mm Bias binding (the amount depends on how much bunting you want to make…. I have a roll, remember i already told you I was addicted…)
- Fabric scissors
- Pinking shears
- A triangle template, mine is made of template plastic and is about 75mm wide and 100mm long:)
- I also have a fabric pen.
Once you have found all these things you can start! I start by drawing and cutting out all my triangles, using the pinking shears for the two angled edges and the scissor for the flat top, which makes the sewing easier and the pinking sheared edges prevent fraying! I try to cut up all my scraps at once until I end up with a selection like this:
Then lay out all your chosen bunting flags in the order you would like to use them in, this means you are can make sure your flags all look good together before you sew them.
Next step is to measure 20cm from the end of your bias binding, this will leave you a tie for your bunting flags.
Lay the bias binding flat and put your first fabric flag right against the 20cm mark and in the centre of the binding so when you fold it the binding folds perfectly in half over your fabric flags. Match each of the fabric flags up corner to corner.
Start pinning… I use 3 pins per fabric flag to keep it super secure while sewing. Make sure you pin all the way to the ends of the bias binding.
At this point you are ready to start sewing! Just line up the binding under your sewing machine foot, making sure that your needle and sewing will be right on the edge of the binding near the flags. This will make sure your fabric flags are super secure when hanging! Don’t go over your pins – not only will it ruin your machine but it will also make your sewing all wobbly.
Go all the way to the other end of your bias binding. When you are done check all your flags to make sure they are secure. If you’ve got a free section or flappy bit like this:
You will need to unpick the section of sewing above and a few stitches either side of the flap, push the flap back in and pin it. Then just sew up the gap, carefully going backwards and forwards over the old stitching.
Then find the perfect spot to hang your beautiful mini bunting! I hope you become addicted like me!