Monday, June 11, 2012

How to Make a Fabric Bunting

A couple weeks ago I hosted a Vintage Bunting Baby Shower for my younger sister.  The theme was brought together with a bunting design on the invitations, cookies, and a homemade fabric bunting hanging behind the food table and drink table.  I chose fabric colors and patterns I knew my sister would like, and I gave her the buntings after the shower to hang in the baby's room.

If you have a sewing machine and even the most basic sewing skills, you can make a pretty bunting like this to dress up a party, a child's bedroom, or playroom.   

~ How to make a fabric bunting ~
Fabric (woven, 100% cotton, or cotton blend)
Cutting mat
Rotary cutter (or scissors)
Ruler, or straight edge
Cardstock template (mine was about 6.5 inches wide at the base, and 8.5 inches tall)
Fabric bias tape (shown below as step #9)

1.-2.  Fold the fabric in half, so you are cutting two layers at a time.  Place your cardstock template on top of the fabric, use a ruler or straight edge to guide your cutting, and cut fabric with a rotary cutter.  If you don't have a cutting mat and rotary cutter, feel free to adjust the directions and use scissors to cut the fabric triangles.
3.  Lay your two triangle shapes right sides together (as shown).

4.  Sew along the two long sides of the triangle shapes (do not sew the short side).
5.  Trim any excess fabric near the tip of the triangle (as shown above), this will help give you a nice sharp point when you turn your fabric right side out.
6.  Turn your fabric right side out, and use a pointed tool (but not too sharp) to push into the very tip, corner of the fabric (I used a bone folder).

Continue sewing as many triangles as you need, then iron them nice and flat.  (You'll notice the tips of the triangles are not sharp, and can be a little wonky... do the best you can, it's a handmade item, it doesn't need to look like a machine made it)

7.-8.  When your triangle shapes have been ironed, trim off any excess threads, and the tiny points of fabric sticking up.
9.  To attach all of your triangle shapes together you'll need a package of "Extra Wide Double Fold" bias tape (this is sold near ribbon or thread in the fabric department).  Make sure it is "Double Fold". 

Line up your triangles in the pattern you want. 

Time to assemble! 
1. Start by sewing along 12"-15" of bias tape, sewing closed the fold of the bias tape.
2.  Once you have a "tail" of bias tape your desired length, add your first triangle by opening the bias tape fold,  and slipping in the top of the triangle (as shown above).
3.  Continue sewing along the bias tape, now sewing the first triangle inside.
4.  Continue this process, adding triangles until you have reached your desired bunting length.  When you've attached all of the triangles, sew a "tail" of bias tape at the end of the bunting (just as you did at the beginning).  Note- most bias tape comes in a length of 3 yards, so if you don't want to have an extra seam along the top of your bunting, plan that your bunting will be less than 9'.

You're done! Hang up your pretty fabric bunting (I love Command adhesive hooks) and enjoy!

~ An important note about Glorious Treats ~ 
Glorious Treats will be undergoing a makeover this week.  Hopefully in the next few days I will be able to share a new look, some great new features, and as always, continue sharing lots of pretty and delicious things!  It's likely that very soon you will type in my current .blogspot address only to be redirected to  If by chance things don't go perfectly smooth... don't freak out if you arrive to my site you can't find it!  I'm here, we're working on it... and by the end of the week all of the kinks should be worked out.  Also, if you are currently following this site using Google friend connect (the box on my right sidebar that says Followers), you will no longer be able to find my site through this means.  Please make a note to check in on me later this week, or follow me on Facebook.  Once is launched, there will be lots of easy ways to keep tabs on me.  See you soon! 


  1. Queda preciosa la guirnalda, muchas gracias por la idea!!!

  2. Y encimas coses también...madre mía estás hecha una artista.
    Muy buena idea

  3. I am so going to do this..but I am going to have to have my husband do the sewing :)

  4. An artist ... I love everything you do, you have been beautiful the fabric bunting!!

  5. I am really looking forward to the introduction of your upcoming dot com address. Cannot wait for the new format. COngrats.

  6. I do love buntings, made one for my patio this year and it looks so pretty! :-)

  7. Okay - I'm lovin this whole theme! I gotta throw a baby shower for my Daughter in August. I am all thumbs with this kinda stuff. Thx for the tutorials and the ideas!

  8. Thank you for always generously sharing your creativity with us! I look forward to your new blog launch! Kris

  9. thank you so much for this tutorial! as my little one's first birthday is looming closer and closer, i really wanted to make one...and now i have no excuse!

    (i love your blog, btw)

  10. Love the bunting!!! Good luck with your move, I'm sure it will all go smoothly!!! I'm a GFC follower, but I've also got you on facebook! Are you on bloglovin' as well?

  11. How cute Glory!
    I've already made your bunting cookies for a friend. She loved them!
    I so appreciate you sharing your creativity.
    I sit down to a blank cookie and my mind is as blank as the naked cookie looking back at me!
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Thanks for sharing, this is fabulous! My twins are turning 2 in a little over a month so I am planning their party and this will be perfect over the buffet!

  13. You always share great stuff, thanks so much!

  14. Thanks for the tutorial. I love the bunting in various shades of blue - so fresh and pretty.

  15. Hi darling! I love your blog! What's about follow each other? I'll wait for you on my pages: Have a wonderful day!!

  16. The banner is adorable and it is the perfect frame for the beautiful dessert table. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial.

  17. PS- Can't wait to see your new look!! So excited!!

  18. I am always so in AWE of you Glory! Your parties are always so beautiful. I'm hosting my daughter's baby shower in a few weeks and I keep having flash-backs of all your gorgeous tables and food and decor. Unfortunately I hate hosting parties and events! So I'll keep looking longingly at all your beautiful parties and making my cookies :-) Thanks for sharing your incredible creativeness!

  19. Thank you! You've made that really simple. On most tutorials they make it so complicated I just give up! Will be sure to make a summery bunting from this tutorial so thanks! :)

  20. Looks adorable! Love the decoration of the table and the bunting is a perfect match!

    I already have the sewing machine, now it's time to try to do one of my own with a little help of your lovely tutorial!