DIY Wedding Bunting

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DIY Wedding Bunting
To create professional-looking bunting choose fabrics that match your wedding's colour scheme or theme. (Joao Canziani/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Bunting, also known as ornamental flags, are a type of decoration that feature small triangular, rectangular or square pieces of fabric sewn onto a long piece of string, rope or ribbon. Bunting can be hung around tables, ceilings or marquees to add a unique touch to any wedding venue. These instructions detail how to make bunting that is a meter in length, but you can make the bunting as long as required by continuing the pattern on a longer length of ribbon.

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Ribbon, 1 meter long
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler
  • Fabric pen
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Lay out the ribbon flat onto your workspace, measure and trim with the scissors so that it is 1 meter (approximately 39 inches) in length.

    DIY Wedding Bunting
    For the best results, use ribbon that is a minimum of 1/2 inch in width. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Lay the cardboard out flat onto your workspace. Measure and draw a triangle directly onto the cardboard. The size of the triangle should depend on your personal preference and the desired finished style; for this example,l measure a triangle that is 4 inches in length and 5 inches in height. Cut out the cardboard triangle using the scissors; this will provide you with a triangular template.

    DIY Wedding Bunting
    The carboard can be recycled from old packing or cereal boxes. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  3. 3

    Lay the fabric flat onto your workspace. Place the cardboard triangular template onto the fabric and draw around it directly onto the fabric using the fabric pen. Repeat this step seven times. Cut out each of the fabric triangles with the scissors.

    DIY Wedding Bunting
    A fabric pen is designed to mark the fabric without stretching it, or bleeding ink. (Tay Jnr/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Lay the ribbon flat onto your workspace. Arrange the triangles so that they are approximately 1 inch apart along the ribbon, with a 2-inch gap at the begging and end of the ribbon. Securely fasten each of the fabric triangles onto the ribbon with a sewing pin.

    DIY Wedding Bunting
    Leave a gap at each end of the ribbon so that you can easily hang it. (Joao Canziani/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Insert the first of the triangular fabric flags into the sewing machine. Remove the sewing pin and straight stitch along the entire top edge of the triangle where it meets the ribbon. Cut and remove the thread. Repeat with all the remaining fabric triangles.

    DIY Wedding Bunting
    Choose a coloured thread that matches the colour of your bunting. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • The fabric can be further customised with lace, ribbon, embellishments, tassels and bells, to create unique bunting that matches your wedding theme.
  • Iron the bunting fabric prior to cutting if it is wrinkled.
  • If the fabric is particularly thin, then double up on the triangular flags and sew two triangles together prior to attaching to the ribbon.
  • If you don't have a sewing machine you can hand stitch along the top edge of the triangle, or use fabric glue to attach the fabric flags to the ribbon.
  • Always exercise caution when using the sewing machine and scissors.

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