“Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” – Billy Baldwin.
I really like bunting. I think it’s adorably cute and quite simply a delight to look at. It can be as basic or as complex as you want to make it, yet can be used for so many different occasions if you just change up the fabric.
Last week we had a new baby join the family. Ever since I discovered that it wasn’t too difficult to make, bunting has been synonymous with new baby. I’ve been gifted with both a niece and nephew earlier this year and both of my brothers and their wives were presented with baby-themed bunting to adorn the rooms of their adorable offspring.
This one caught me off my game, however. I’d completely forgotten bunting! I hadn’t bought any baby-themed fabric! Disaster! Luckily, I’m not too bad at thinking on my feet and came up with this:
I only used two different fabrics; a plain linen type and the cute flowery one. I managed to use scraps of the flowery one to cut out letters of her name with pinking shears and sewed them to the plain ones. Hopefully the end result looks good! I bound the whole lot using pre-bought bias binding tape that I ironed in half to make it easier to fold over each side of the bunting triangles. One day I’d love to make my own bias tape but it’s definitely too much right now, so I’m glad that you can buy it premade!
I found this ribbon on a market stall quite a while ago and thought it would be a cute idea to sew into things I’ve made for other people, so all the bunting for the babies has a little ribbon tag like this!
This will definitely not be my only post on bunting. I make it a lot. I think it’s a lovely gift for someone! I’ve so far made a garland for three separate babies and a friend’s birthday. One day people will stop having babies and I’ll be able to have some time to make some for myself!
Notes for Next Time (or Newbies!)
- The instructions/dimensions I used for the very first set (and then continued to use, because it’s such a good size and method!) was from this YouTube video.
- Sew anything you want decorating the segments on before you sew the two triangles together. The first time I made bunting with a decoration I sewed through both sides and it looked everso messy. It looks much neater just on the one side, even if the other won’t get seen pinned up on a wall!
- I cut the ends of the bias tape with pinking shears to give it a nice little end but would love to find a nicer way to end the strand. I thought about putting buttons on either end to cute it up a bit but then you wouldn’t be able to pin it up at the ends…