There is always time for bunting, y’all!
Dave’s birthday is in July, and when we were planning his party he asked if I’d make him some bunting to decorate. The weekend of his party was super busy between cooking, setting up the back yard for our company, and a class that I was assisting the afternoon of his shindig, so on the day of his party he told me not to stress and don’t worry about the bunting.
Then he went out to fill up the keg, and of course I knew that I wanted to have bunting waiting for him when he got back.
This bunting took me 10 minutes to make. Thanks to pinking shears and ric rac, there were no seams to press or stitch, so I was able to make and hang these decorations and whip up a big batch of potato salad before he got back from the package store. Yay!
- 8 fabric scraps that are at least 8 1/2″ X 9″
- my Bunting Template (pdf) – you may have to right click and choose “Save as…” to download it.
- pinking shears
- iron (optional)
- 2 1/2 feet of vintage ric rac
- sewing machine
- thread that somewhat matches your ric rac
- 16 straight pins
1. Use the Bunting Template and your pinking shears to cut out eight triangles from your eight pieces of scrap fabric. This is where the optional iron comes in. If you have time, you can press your fabric to make your bunting nice and crisp. You can also press any folds out of the ric rac. In a hurry to get some decorations made? Don’t bother ironing unless your fabric is seriously creased.
2. Pin your triangles and ric rac together, leaving a 6″ tail on either end and spacing the triangles evenly along the ric rac, using two pins per triangle. You want the ric rac pinned on top of the right side of the fabric.
3. Run your bunting through your sewing machine, making sure to back stitch on either end to strengthen your stitching.
That’s it! You can hang your bunting by tying the ends around tree branches or hooks, or you can do like I did and use clothespins to clip the ends onto the tops of your window frames. Our outside windows have a little lip at the top of the frame, which made them perfect for clothespins.
Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!