Here is a step by step guide to how I made The Bothered Owl’s bunting.
We have a lot of fabric scraps, so I thought this was a great way of using them up. And of course, we get to show people all (well, some) of the amazing fabrics we have used over the last year and a half. I chose brightly coloured, fun fabrics.
You will need:
Rotary cutter and mat
Paper or cardboard for template
Bias binding for the entire length of the bunting
Fabric (ours was already interfaced, but that’s a personal choice)
I made a template for the flags with a piece of paper. Then using our fabulous rotary cutter and self-healing board, I laid out several piece of fabric on top of each other, placed the ruler over the top, and sliced! Having the rotary cutter made the job so much easier.
Next step is to iron a seam into them. I used the bias binding as a guide for folding the top seam. I then ironed this top seam so it was nice and crisp.
Time to get out the pinking shears! Now that your seam is done, you’ll notice that there’s overlap. Trimming the edges with pinking shears stops the edges from fraying.
Rinse and repeat. You’ll now have a stack of flags.
Now comes the pinning. Get your bias binding tape, leave about 30 cm at one end, and pin on your first flag.
When pinning the flags on, be conscious of which direction they will be going through the sewing machine. I pinned all of my flags on so they were pointing to the left, and the pin heads facing towards me (points away). This ensured that I could remove the pins as I sewed each flag.
Now to the sewing! Set your machine to a zig zag stitch. I set the width about 4 (out of 5).
Remember to remove the pins as you sew, as they are in line with the foot, and may get tangled/broken.
And there you have it. Keep zigzagging all the way along until you reach the end of your flags.
Bunting! There you have it.
We’ll be using ours on our stall at Unravel at the end of February. Check back in at the end of the month to see photos of the bunting in place. But for now, here is the bunting draped elegantly on my sewing machine…