This year is shaping up to be a very patriotic year, with Euro 2016 well under way and other sporting events on the horizon such as Wimbledon and the Olympics in which our athletes are expected to do very well. Following our very successful British Bonanza open day, celebrating the Queen’s official birthday, we have had had a number of enquiries from customers who are keen to recreate our hand sewn bunting. Bunting is very easy to make and is a very effective decoration for all manner of events such as interior decoration, village fetes and even vintage themed weddings. For our Union Jack themed bunting, we used a selection of Cotton Fabrics in our national colours of red, royal and blue alongside our Printed Polycotton fabrics in the Union Jack design. However you can use any colour or design of fabric you please, depending upon the occasion and/or theme of your event. Pastels are a particularly popular choice for weddings whilst our brightly coloured fabrics are ideal for brightening up your summer fair or craft fair.
Follow our easy tutorial below to create your own cheerful bunting decorations:
– Some 25mm/1″ wide cotton bias binding (as long as you need with an extra metre)
– 1 metre of fabric in each of your chosen colours
– Pinking shears
– Paper scissors
– A piece of card
– A pencil
– A ruler
– Dressmaking pins
- Using your pencil and ruler, draw a triangle on your card and carefully cut around it with your paper scissors. This will serve as your template, ensuring that all of your bunting pieces are identical in size and shape.
- Using your dressmaking pins, pin your template to your fabric and cut around it with a pair of good quality pinking shears. Repeat until you have the desired number of flags for your bunting.
- Space your fabric flags evenly along the length of your bias binding, leading approximately a 3 inch gap between each flag. Fold the bias binding over the shortest edge of your flag, and pin in place. Repeat until all of your fabric flags are in place. Be sure to leave a length of bias binding approximately 50cm in length at each end of your bunting for hanging.
- Once all of your bias binding has been followed, sew along the entire length to secure your fabric flags in place.
Your bunting is now complete and ready to display!
Creating your own bunting gives you the perfect opportunity to be wildly creative! Bunting is perfect for instantly cheering up any room or location and can be embellished with a variety of other materials. I particularly love bunting for children’s bedrooms – fabric flags in gentle pastel colours such as pink, blue and yellow can be embellished with fabric lettering to spell out your child’s name and is the perfect way of welcoming a new member to the family.
Bunting adds that perfect garden party touch to any gathering and in recent years, brides and grooms in particular have gone bonkers for bunting. Particularly popular for vintage themed weddings, bunting is just perfect as a low cost and environmentally friendly venue decoration and can be used for everything from decorating your ceremonial venue to quirky mini bunting for cake decoration.
When creating your bunting, you do not need to stick to Cotton or Polycotton Fabrics. Be as adventurous as you like and experiment with different fabrics until you find the perfect finish for your event. Hessian bunting, alongside strings of fairy lights is a simple yet unique decoration which would look gorgeous for an autumn celebration whilst our vintage floral prints by Rose and Hubble are ideal for spring and summer celebrations.
All tools and fabrics are available to purchase online now at http://www.calicolaine.co.uk