Bunting is absolutely adorable and totally customizable for any occasion. We're going to show you how to make fabric bunting for your home, the holidays, or anywhere really!
Baby B is five months old and officially getting the boot out of our room and into her new nursery! I had put together a fairly gender-neutral "Hungry Caterpillar" theme for my baby boys, but baby girl needed something uber girly, and I've been having a ball putting all this together! I feel like you can make nurseries over the top and as magical as you want, and bunting is a quick and adorable way to get there fast. I have a lot of pieces in this nursery that I love, but the main event is this fabric bunting, and I'm excited to show you how to put it all together!
How to make fabric bunting.
The first step is to gather your fabric. I hand selected my fabric from Joanns, Etsy, and eBay, and used a lot of Pam Kitty's Love Bouquet as well as Milk, Sugar and Flower by Elea Lutz, and got a half yard of each. In retrospect, I definitely should have only gotten a quarter yard of each because this ended up making 50 yards of bunting!! Oy.
I cut each triangle to be 8 inches across the top and 10 inches long down the middle, which would make the long sides about 10.7" if my rusty math is right. Use a rotary cutter on a self-healing mat and definitely cut more than one layer at a time to save your sanity! There is so much repetition in this project, you'll lose your mind if you don't speed up the process along the way!
Remember to get the same amount of yardage in fabric for the back (white in my case), and start sewing up those puppies, right sides together, leaving the top open.
With each triangle, clip off the extra fabric around the tip, turn it inside out, press, and I recommend using a chop stick to poke out the tip.
I found it easiest to arrange the triangles in the order I wanted at this point, so that I didn't end up with repeats or forgetting where I left off when I came back to it later. You can make piles of the repeating sequence and stack everything up like so.
Double fold bias tape is all you need for the rope! I found this 50-yard bolt online for around $15. Just insert your triangles, either right next to each other, or leaving a few inches of space between each, and sew them down close to the edge in one continuous edge-stitch.
I used about 28 yards to circle the 10' x 10' room twice, and I love how it drops the ceiling a little bit and adds a lot of whimsy! PS -- If you're wondering about the chair, I still can't imagine a more perfect and comfortable choice than this Benbridge Upholstered Glider from Delta Children, and you can read my tutorial on the yellow flower pillow and make your own! My mom painted up this priceless oil painting below, and it is just the icing on the cake for me.
See how easy and fun and how quickly this can dress up a room? With all these summer outdoor activities, can't you picture this bunting being the perfect touch at a birthday party, baby shower, family reunion, patio party, etc?! Enjoy brainstorming your own banner ideas and if you make fabric bunting be sure to share it with us (tag us on social media using @vivaveltoro).
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make fabric bunting!
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