- Sewing machine
- 3 yards of Bias Tape (found at your local sewing shop such as Joanne's)
- Colored paper cut into triangles
That's it! Let's get started.
Bias tape is essentially used for creating a trim for raw fabric borders. It's a double folded piece of fabric, cut on the bias, and ironed flat so that it creates a crisp edge.
You can make your own bias tape, but the store bought is so cheap (about $1.50) and it comes in a huge variety of colors that it's totally worth it to me.
Next I used this awesome Amy Butler patterned scrapbook paper (found at Michaels) to make the triangles. I love the colors of this paper and it's double sided which is perfect for making the bunting.
Finally you will need a cardboard template of your triangle (Cereal box cardboard make great templates). I decided to make my triangles 6"x 7 3/4". I also used my X-Acto knife, ruler and cutting board but you can definitely trace the pattern and cut with scissors. I'm just super anal and I need perfectly straight lines!
Here is my sloppy Illustrator drawing of how I got five triangles out of this 12x12 scrapbook paper.
Use the ruler to cut a straight line with your X-Acto knife. (To be technical, mine is actually an Olfa knife, I prefer it much more to an X-Acto knife because that is what I used when I made hundreds of magazine mock-ups when I worked at House Beautiful. Old habits die hard.)
And there you have it! A perfect bunting triangle.
Next, insert the triangle into the fold of the bias tape and start sewing.
Make sure to set the first triangle in slightly so you have a few inches of bias tape on the end. This makes for easy hanging. I think I fit 18 triangles into 3 yards of bias tape.
Looks so professional, doesn't it? I'm telling you, this is easy peasy!
Try making bunting for your next party. It's an easy way to make a special occasion extra festive!