mini bunting tutorial

Bunting has been around forever. It personalises a child’s room, signifies a special occasion, adds colour to your garden.

Have you ever wanted to have a go yourself? Well here is a handstitched very simple bunting that you can whip up in no time.

You may have bought my calico mini bunting kits here or at one of my markets. If so follow the instructions below and before you know it you will be wanting to do more. If you don’t have a kit you can use odd scraps in your home and cut out 3.5″ triangles and sew them onto twill tape, bias binding, ribbon, ric rac….using the same process.


:: step 1

fold your twill tape in half lengthways to find your half way point. Centre your triangle at this mark by pinning it down, folding the top half of the tape over the edge of triangle. Now butt each triangle in either direction so they are evenly spread out along tape allowing for room at each end to tie up.

:: step 2

tie a knot in your perle thread and hide the knot inside the fold of the tape and start straight stitch attaching every triangle to your tape.


:: step 3

you are ready to decorate!

yes…you are finished. Now that was simple right?  These little bunting kit ideas came out of my pile of calico stash remains from my teepee fabric. It seemed such a terrible waste to discard it, yet the pile was quickly turning into a giant mound. What to do with all that scrap fabric? Ah ha…something simple and creative for a child or adult to do with no sewing machine. But I digress…decorating…

From here you can add fabric scrap lettering, sew on buttons, sequins or even do your own designs with fabric pastels or pens.

My little bunting turned into a merry christmas. My mum sent me a message telling me she wanted some for her veggie patch with pictures of carrots, beans and pumpkin, to add to her vintage sheet bunting. It helps keep the naughty birdies away. Maybe some might be landing in her Santa sack this Christmas.

If you want to do fabric letters check out step 4 below to see how.

:: step 4

you will need small scraps of colourful fabric, some fusible webbing, an iron and letters, which you can download here for the small 3.5″ bunting and here for the slightly larger 4.5″ bunting kit.

Trace the letters onto the back (the paper side) of your fusible webbing, making sure you space them out enough for ease of cutting. You need to reverse the letters at this stage, this is very important as otherwise you will have back to front fabric letters when you cut them out :)

Place little pieces of fabric over each letter (or just use one whole piece of fabric if you want to keep it simple). The wrong side of the fabric should be against the webbing. Carefully iron the right side of fabric, making sure the fusible webbing doesn’t get onto the base of your iron or else you’ll be in for a sticky mess.

Cut out around each letter and then peel the paper off the fabric. You can now place each letter onto your bunting to create your words.


And there you have it your own bunting hand stitched by you.

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  1. Melissa says:

    mini buntings will be at Makers Market this sunday

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