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Friday, 17 February 2012

How to... make birthday bunting.

Here's how to make birthday bunting!

Birthday Bunting

My children have exactly a week between their birthdays, so I thought it would be a nice idea to have some birthday bunting which goes up every year on the day of my daughter's birthday and stays up until just after my son't birthday. A couple of weeks ago, I found some time to sit down and get sewing. Here is how to make birthday bunting!

Firstly, cut a triangle out of cardboard in the size of the flags that you want. Then use this as a template, draw round it and cut out the triangles. You will need two triangles for each flag. For Happy Birthday bunting, I cut out 34 individual triangles, to make 17 flags.

Cutting bunting triangles

Next, you need to cut out the letters for the bunting. I used a Stanley knife to cut the gaps in the letters, resting it on a chopping board from the kitchen.

So, now you need to sew the letters on to the front of one single triangle. Pin your letter on and sew round with a zig zag stitch.

Sewing an ASewing a B

Now you need to pin the triangles together, turning them face down, so that when you turn them inside out, you can see the letter. Once the triangles are pinned, sew around the two sides of the triangle, down to the point, leaving the top of the triangle unsewn.

Cutting out lettersSewing bunting



You should now have a large pile of inside-out triangles which are all sewn down two edges. Get yourself a pencil and turn all the triangles the right way round. You'll need a pencil to push down to get the bottom point out.
Birthday bunting flagsUsing pencils to push bunting out

Now you need to iron the triangles. I know this might sound tedious, but trust me, it looks so much better this way.

You're on the home straight now!

Now get the bunting tape and fold it over the top of the triangles, pinning it in place. I usually use one inch thick tape. Leave a bit of tape at the beginning and the end (about a foot) so you can tie it up. Sew the tape on to the top of the flag using a normal running stitch.

Sewing buntingBunting

And that's it - you're done!

Happy birthday bunting

Now you can pin it up and enjoy. What's more, you can get it out every year when you get to birthday time. I'm definitely going to be putting it up for my birthday too!

Birthday bunting








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7 comments

  1. That is very pretty, and how nice to have a whole week of birthday-ness!

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    1. Thank you. Yes, it'll be lovely. Expensive, but lovely!

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  2. what a lovely bunting :) my daughter loves to decorate the house on the run up to anynes birthday maybe we should make a special bunting together I know she'd love it... but I'm not that great at sewing...

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    1. It's really very easy to make and doesn't take long at all. It's very rewarding.

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  3. That is really lovely. I'm hoping to make some bunting soon to decorate our summerhouse, so thanks for the tutorial! Love the idea of having something that you can bring out for every birthday, it will become a tradition.

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    1. Thank you. It's very easy to make - much easier if you're not adding letters on the front!

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  4. I want to do this, but can't work my sewing machine!

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