How to make your own bunting

Why not brighten up your home or garden with bunting this Easter? Sarah Mugford explains how, using a few basic sewing skills and a bit of imagination, it’s easy to make your own.

Colourful patterned bunting hanging against a blue sky

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Lifeboat enthusiast Sarah Mugford of Garton1Creations has been making bunting for the last 10 years or more. A string of her finest claret and blue hangs in her village post office.

Sarah says: ‘My grandparents Robert and Alys Garton were strong supporters of the RNLI, having lived in Lamorna Cove in Cornwall, where part of the wreckage of the Penlee lifeboat Solomon Browne was washed ashore in 1981.

‘It’s important to support the volunteers, who are there 24/7 to rescue people in distress.’

Sarah fundraises for the RNLI and her bunting is adding a dash of colour to RNLI lifeboat stations up and down the land. 

‘Bunting’s a simple way to bring a little joy to your surroundings,’ Sarah enthuses. ‘Choose your material for the flags and go for it. You can recycle anything you don’t want to chuck out – corduroy, curtains. I used my father-in-law’s old trousers once.’

Here's what you need:

  • sewing machine
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • pins
  • iron
  • fabric for the flags and matching thread
  • 2.5cm wide cotton tape (or bias binding) for the string

How to make your own:

Measure and mark out your triangles

Photo: Sarah Mugford

On your fabric, measure and mark out triangles

Step 1

On your fabric, measure and mark out triangles 15cm (H) x 12.5cm (W), or the size you want your flags to be. You will need two triangles for each flag.

Cut out the triangles and press them with an iron

Photo: Sarah Mugford

Cut out the triangles and press them with an iron

Step 2

Cut out the triangles and press them with an iron. Pair the triangles up, with the right sides of the fabric facing outwards.

Sew the triangles together along the diagonals

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Sew the triangles together along the diagonals

Step 3

Sew the triangles together along the diagonals, 0.6cm from the edge. The stitching will be on the outside, so try to do this as neatly as you can. You don’t need to sew along the top.

Step 4

Measure out how much tape you need, including the spaces between the flags. Allow half a flag width for each space and an additional 50cm at each end for tying on.

Step 5

Fold the tape in half lengthways. Carefully pin the flags inside the fold, in the order you want them, spacing them out evenly as you go.

Sew through both sides of the tape and along the top of each flag

Photo: Sarah Mugford

Sew through both sides of the tape and along the top of each flag

Step 6

Then sew through both sides of the tape and along the top of each flag to secure them firmly in place.

To avoid fraying, fold each end of the tape over about

Photo: Sarah Mugford

To avoid fraying, fold each end of the tape over, press it, and tuck it inside the lengthways fold

Step 7

To avoid fraying, fold each end of the tape over about 2.5cm, press it, and tuck it inside the lengthways fold, before stitching it together. For a non-fray alternative, use bias binding.

Wishing you a fantastic, safe Easter holiday. This weekend, spare a thought for our courageous lifesavers, who are ready to rescue, 24/7. Will you help them answer the next call for help? 

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