DIY Fabric Bunting – Classic party love!

Miss Party is a big fan of the party power of a ‘no-sew’ pennant/bunting. They are so adaptable! Is there a theme, style or color scheme they can’t handle? There are various ways to make a bunting. This ‘no-sew’ version is made to use as a temporary party decoration (it should hold up for multiple use, it just won’t last as long as if you actually did sew it together). Miss Party’s philosophy on party decor starts with the idea that, like in the stage and film industry, you’re really creating a set, facade or illusion of something. Your decor only needs to ‘last’ for only about 6 hours, start to finish. Of course, thankfully, most of it is far more durable than that.

Here are a few pics of a vintage-style bunting and a whimsical-style bunting.

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On a difficulty/time-consuming scale, it ranges about a 7 because it’s a bit tricky (not difficult) and it takes a few stages to complete. Buntings are so worth it, though, for the classic look and festivity it brings to the party space, pulling your party colors upwards. You just can’t beat them! Since they are reusable, you might consider making them a bit generic so they might work for another party or two or fit the color scheme of your playroom for awhile. Scrapbooking paper works fabulously, too! Make a bunting for your next party and you’ll get hooked on their party love!

Gather supplies:

1/2 yd minimum per fabric, more depending on how often you want to repeat any particular fabric (you can get about 3 pennant flag from a “Fat Quarter” of fabric
Double Fold Seam Binding Tape -at least two packages of the same color for each bunting
Make a cardboard template of your pennant triangle, sides approximately 11 1/2″long x 9-10″wide (adjust to your needs and fabric quantity to get the most out of your fabric), if you want to use smaller waste fabric, make a smaller second pennant template
Fabric Glue
Sharp fabric scissors
Measuring tape

1) Double fold a piece of your fabric with wrong sides together. Lay larger pennant template on fabric based on how you would like to hang it within the bunting and along that directional edge. Measure and cut a strip of fabric that is the same LENGTH as your flag.

2) Begin from one end cutting around the template (you can mark with pencil if desired for the first few, but will likely be able to eye the template line after awhile.

3) Continue making triangle sets until you feel you have enough of each size and pattern. Stack your triangles as you go by fabric pattern. DO NOT separate the sets, as each one will line up slightly differently with another set due to slight cutting differences.

4) To glue triangle sets, remove triangle from a set, run a thin stream of fabric glue along the two sides of the inside of the flag, replace the top (wrong sides together) and use the back of your hand to flatten the glue seal together. Set aside to fully dry. Note: you don’t need to glue along the top of the flag as this side will be enclosed in the bunting seam tape.

5) Decide on a flag repeat pattern or if you are doing a random pattern, decide the order for the first 10 flags.

6) Iron your seam binding tape to remove creases.

7) Estimate about 3 ft down from one end of the seam binding tape (this will be your end to tie or attach for hanging). Lay the tape horizontally in front of you from the 3 ft mark. Hold the seam binding tape OPEN with thumb and forefinger of one hand, while running a thin stream of glue about 11″wide across the inside of the tape (side that is laying on the table) with the other hand. (Hold the tape open the best you can and lay your first flag into this stream of glue. Run another thin stream on top of the flag and continue for another 6″ or so. Compress the glue to seal the flag inside of the tape and seal the interior of the tape edges together.

8) Continue applying a glue stream on seam binding tape, attach a flag and glue the tape edges of both sides to the flag. Keep repeating until you are at the end of your seam binding tape. Attach the next section of seam binding tape by overlapping the two ends by 6″. A couple of staples here are well-advised to be sure the joint holds when strung (the fabric can get heavy). Continue attaching flags until you are 3 ft from the other end, then stop.

9) Be sure to allow the glue to air dry overnight.

Let Miss Party know how it turns out!!

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