How to Make No Sew Christmas Bunting in Minutes!
Who doesn’t love a bit of bunting ey? I have loads up in the house and really enjoy making it. Pre-b I did it the proper way – using a sewing machine! Post-b, plus work and blog = zero time for sewing bunting. So I thought I’d make it easy and use the glue gun. And all with toddler helping out! What could go wrong?! Surprisingly nothing, other than a burnt finger (mine!) when I was telling B not to touch the glue. Oops.
Anyways after the burning subsided, I thought I’d write up a little tutorial on how to make your very own no-sew Christmas bunting!
No Sew Bunting Tutorial
To make this DIY no sew bunting, all you need is the following:
Fabric. Any will do but since this is Christmas bunting, I used Christmas fabric (surprise). If you don’t have a local market, check out FabricLand online. They sell loads of fabric for a really good price. They have a store in Bristol but to be honest, once I’ve driven up and parked, it’s easier to pay the postage.
A glue gun.
A piece of cardboard.
A ruler and pen.
Scissors and pinking scissors (scissors with a serrated edge. You can get them in Dunelm or the Range).
Some ribbon cut to the length you need.
Make a template
1. First of all make yourself a triangle template.
To do this I use a piece of card (cereal packet works just fine) and mark along one of the straight edges 6 inches. Decide how big you want your bunting and make the bottom 6 inches with a mark in the middle at 3 inches. Join up the edges to make a triangle. Cut this out. This will be your template.
Cut out your Triangles
2. Spread your fabric out onto an even surface. The floor or a large table work well. If your fabric is creased, iron it first. I know, I know, but trust me, it will look nice and it’s worth the effort!
3. Right, back from ironing? Ok good. So line your template up with a straight edge of fabric (reverse side!) and draw around your template with a regular pen. You could use tailors chalk or a pencil but I used pen and I couldn’t see it on the good side of the fabric.
4. Once you’ve drawn round the template as many times as you need, cut out your triangles using the pinking scissors and pop them to one side. I made a bulk load using various different fabric.
5. Next comes the fun part, making the actual bunting! Take your ribbon and lay it out across the table or on the floor. Leave about 6 inches at each end so you have some ribbon to tie the bunting up.
6. Use your glue gun and squeeze the glue onto the ribbon where you want your first piece of bunting to sit.
7. Then simply stick your bunting down. Remember you want to stick it reverse side facing upwards to you. That way when you hang your bunting, you don’t see the top edge, just the ribbon.
8. Carry on gluing each bunting flag along your ribbon until you have the required length. Remember to leave 6 inches or so at the end for tying! In terms of how much space to leave between each flag, it’s up to you! I typically leave 3 to 4 inches. Trust me, I don’t measure this each time. I just go with what looks about right.
9. And there you have it, your very own Christmas bunting in literally 30 minutes!
Have you tried making bunting before? Using a glue gun makes it really quick and easy! If you enjoyed this tutorial, don’t forget to pin the pics for later and share on Facebook 🙂