For my 30th birthday, I decided to make bunting to compliment my vintage garden theme. Here’s how I did it.
You will need:
Material off cuts
A4 piece of cardboard
Natural brown string
Sewing machine, cottons and pins
Mom (to operate the sewing machine!)
Iron and ironing board
Large Safety pin
Step 1: Cut out the flags
I bought off cuts of beautiful vintage material from Silk & Cotton Co. in Johannesburg. On a piece of cardboard, I drew out the triangular shape of the flag, and cut it out. Using the cardboard template and fabric marker, I traced the shape onto the fabric, and then cut out the triangles.
Step 2: Pair the flags
Since we are making double-sided flags, pair the flags with the pretty sides of the fabric facing together.
Step 3: Sew the short edge of the triangle
I’m not skilled with a sewing machine, so for this part my Mom helped! Besides, it was a good excuse to spend a creative girls’ day with my best friend!
Using the sewing machine, sew the short edge of the triangles together.
Step 4: Iron the hem flat
Open the flag, and then open and press down on the hem, and iron.
Step 5: Iron the flag
Now fold the flag along the hem, so the pretty side of the fabric faces outwards. Align the edges of the flags, and iron.
Step 6: Sew the long edges of the flag closed
Using a zig-zag stitch, sew the two long edges closed BUT REMEMBER to leave a 2cm gap on each side just below the short side of the flag.
Step 7: Attaching the flags to the string
In the area where you want to hang the bunting, hold up the string at the desired height with sufficient slack, and then cut the string.
Attach a large safety pin to the end of the string to assist you to thread the string through the flags.
Once all your flags have been threaded, lay the bunting flat and position the flags equally spaced, leaving about 1m on each side.
Pin the flags into place, and using the sewing machine, sew over the 2cm gaps to secure them to the string so that they don’t move once in place.
Step 8: Hang the flags, stand back and smile!