TRIANGLE BUNTING DIY

TRIANGLE BUNTING DIY

Solomon Daniel is due July 23rd and I’m busy making his room a calm and comforting (and cute!) place for him and me to spend our time. A tour will come with his introduction but for now, I’m going to show you how I made this sweet bunting for above his crib!

This project is perfect if you don’t have much fabric and especially if you have small pieces of many different prints. In my case, the pieces used for this bunting are just triangles left over from the triangle quilt that I finished up this week following this tutorial.

This bunting is highly customizable, as you can make the triangles whatever dimensions you’d like as long as they are all the same. You can also make it as long or as short as you’d like by adding or removing triangles and by lengthening or shortening the space between each triangle. Below, I’ll tell you exactly what I did.

What you’ll need:

  • Sewing machine (or needle)
  • Coordinating thread
  • A quarter yard of fabric (in varied prints, if desired)
  • In my case, I didn’t have many triangles leftover from the quilt so I didn’t want to use half of them for backing since the back won’t really be seen. Because of this, I backed each triangle with a fabric I didn’t mind using up. If you have more cute fabric than I did or you want the bunting to be reversible, you can just double the above amount of fabric (totaling a half yard). If you’ll be doing like me, you’ll need a quarter yard of a different fabric to back each triangle.
  • About 21′ of bias tape (or another quarter yard of fabric if you want to make your own, as I did. This is a very approximate amount as I simply used what was leftover from the quilt’s backing.)
  • Probably a seam ripper, if you’re anything like myself 😉

Making the Bunting:

Start out by cutting your triangle pieces. Mine have a base length of 5 1/2″ and a height (the measurement from the tallest point of the triangle to the base) of 7 1/4″. This includes the seam allowance. Again, you can customize this by changing the dimensions however you’d like. I had 17 colored triangles left over from the quilt, so I then cut 17 pieces of backing in the same dimensions. Go ahead and cut however many triangles you want (and a corresponding back for each) or can manage with the fabric you have. 

Once you have all your pieces cut, take one front triangle and one back triangle and sew along the two long sides with wrong sides facing. Leave the shorter, top side open. Do this with all your triangle pieces.

Once you’ve sewn all your triangles together, cut the corner off (leaving about a quarter inch of seam allowance for strength) and turn the piece right side out.

Once you’ve completed and turned all your triangles, you’re ready to prepare your bias tape! To do this, I took my fabric, folded it lengthwise in four, and cut it lengthwise into 2 1/2 inch strips. Make sure that you cut it the correct way! Your folds should be perpendicular to your cuts. The number of strips that you cut will vary depending on how long you want your finished product to be. I wanted to make two separate buntings – one about 12′ long and one about 9′ long – so, I cut enough strips to equal that combined length once sewn together.

Now to sew the strips together to make one long strip! Take the end of one strip and place it perpendicular to the other – wrong sides together – and match up the edges and corners, as shown in the image below.

Sew from one corner to the next and trim the excess (leaving a quarter inch seam allowance) as shown below.

Iron all seams flat.

Now, fold your strip in half lengthwise and iron flat.

Next, you’ll probably want to decide on the order of your triangles according to color and print. Because I was making two buntings, one longer than the other, I divided the triangles accordingly and then laid them out in the order that I wanted.

Now for the piecing together of the final product! This part is my favorite. 🙂 Measure out how far from the end of your strip you want your first triangle to be. In other words, measure out how long of a tail you want your bunting to have on either side. I wanted 30″ of the strip to be left on either side for hanging. 30″ inches in from the end of the strip, I laid my first triangle against my strip with raw edges lined up – as pictured below – and sewed the two together.

I placed my triangles so that there was 3″ between each. Continue down your strip, sewing the triangles and the strip together in the same way. Once all your triangles are sewn on, measure 30″ (or whatever measurement you have decided) from the last triangle and trim the strip.

Now, starting back at the beginning of your strip, fold the raw edge in and the folded edge over it so that your strip is being folded into three equal parts as pictured below.

Top stitch your strip to keep it folded in this way. Continue to fold and sew down your strip. When you get to a triangle, continue to fold and sew in the same way. The triangle will get sandwiched between and the raw edges will all be contained within the strip.

Continue down your strip in this way until you reach the end. Backstitch a few stitches – and you’re done! Easy enough, eh? I think I finished this project in under two hours. Nothin’ like those instant gratification projects, amiright?

I hung both buntings above Sully’s bed – along with some paper lanterns that were used at my wedding – and I’m in love!

Comment below if you loved this project or if you’d like clarification on any of the steps. And please, use the hashtag #CreatedMakersDIY to show us your own buntings! We’d be overjoyed to see them.

Happy crafting!

Emma