How to Sew a Simple Bunting

DIY garland for home decor - Sew a Simple Bunting

You’ve seen them all over Pinterest, in Etsy shops and maybe even in your friends homes. You know they’ve got to be simple enough to make on your own. But, how? I’m here to show you today how to sew a simple bunting in just a few easy steps. If you can sew a straight line then you can sew a bunting. First, gather your supplies. You’ll need:

DIY Fall Garland for Mantle - supplies to sew a simple bunting

Supplies for a Simple Bunting:

  • a sewing machine
  • thread that coordinates with your fabric choices
  • a pair of scissors
  • at least three coordinating prints of fabric {unless you want only one}
  • a self-healing cutting mat*
  • a rotary cutter*
  • a quilter’s ruler*

{*The last three supplies are optional. If you don’t have them, don’t worry. You can cut your fabric by hand, it’s just easier and quicker with these tools.}

Let’s get started!

Step one: Using your self-healing mat, rotary cutter and quilter’s ruler {or your scissors}, cut your fabric into lots of squares. Mine are 3×3 inches. {Depending on where you’d like to hang your bunting will determine size and length. For instance, if you’d like to make a bunting to go on a cake you might cut 1×1 inch squares.}

Step two: Thread your machine. Before you begin to sew, pull your top thread and your bobbin thread out about 12 inches. This will give you length on the ends for stability and hanging.

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Step three: Begin sewing your squares in a single layer.

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When you get to the end of a square, simply place another one right beside it. You can alternate your fabrics one at a time or, for fun, just grab one and add it with no care to the order.

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Step four: Continue sewing until you’ve reached the length you desire your bunting to be. Once you’ve reached that length, before you cut the bunting from the machine, pull it gently away from the machine so that your threads will be 12 or inches on this end, as well. {Remember how we made the threads long in the beginning?}

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You’re almost finished! So easy, right?

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Now, you could leave your squares as squares. If you choose this option, you’re finished. Hooray! But, you may want a little whimsy look for your bunting. In which case, you have one final step. Keep reading.

Step 6: Grab your scissors and start cutting bits off of your squares. In the bunting pictured, I cut every other square. When cutting, think of cutting triangles off of the fabric pieces.

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Pick a place in your home that needs a bit of brightening up and go add your brand new bunting. Next time your friends come over they’ll think you worked so hard on it. Hey, how about you make a few extra to GIVE to friends?!

Do you agree this was a super simple tutorial? Will you be making a few new buntings for yourself and friends? Which spot in your home needs some brightening up? Tellus all about it on our Facebook page!

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Melissa lives in Florida with her husband and five kiddos. She writes about her family life at jonahbonah. When she isn’t chasing children you can find her behind her sewing machine or her camera. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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    I really like the tutorial, nice to see the bunting doesn’t need to be super complicated!

    I was wondering if you could share with me where you purchased the fabric you used in the example? I’ve been looking for woodland animal fabric, with coordinating solids, basically for exactly what you’ve used and can’t seem to find them anywhere!


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      Avatar Melissa Hillier says

      Hi Josiane!

      I get most all of my fabric from JoAnn Fabric. All of the fabrics shown are from there. Hope this helps!