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In this post: You can put together a beautiful bunting decoration for any special occasion. Here’s everything you need to know about how to make bunting!


Bunting banners are perfect for parties and other special occasions. Learn how to make bunting in five styles and then learn how to put together each one.

fall bunting banner on shiplap fireplace

What is bunting?

A bunting is a banner or garland used for all sorts of occasions. They can be made from paper, cardstock, or scraps of fabric like cotton and embellished in all sorts of ways. And they can be made with triangle or flag shapes. 

What are buntings good for?

Buntings are the perfect addition to:

  • weddings
  • baby showers
  • graduations
  • birthdays
  • holidays (like the Fourth of July, or Christmas)
  • everyday decor
  • any celebration

01| How To Make Fabric Bunting – Sewing Method

Before I tell you how to make fabric bunting, I want to say that ages ago (like years!) I purchased two burlap banners from an Etsy shop that is no longer in business – both the love banner over our bed and the nest banner we used in our decorating for ages.

But I’ve since discovered that they’re actually really easy to make!

The basic tutorial I share below can be expanded upon and embellished with paint (layered and gorgeous – see tutorial below) or other items like nests, paper, flowers, etc. Or it can be left un-embellished to add simple texture to your decor!

Supplies

Instructions

1. Cut triangles to your desired size from your fabric. If you’re using a fabric that will fray, consider using pinking shears to help prevent fraying. 

2. Fold the top edge of each of the triangles over about an inch and press to make a crease. Trim off the extra little bit that sticks out.

3. Cut jute to the length you want your banner to be, plus some extra lengths to hang down the sides. If you use more than one length of jute, tie them together into a knot at one end to keep them from wiggling around during the next steps.

4. Pin jute into the folded burlap with stick pins.

5. Using a zig-zag stitch (whatever it’s called – I’m totally not technical with sewing!), sew the jute into the burlap.

6. Optional – Now position your letter stencils, and stencil on your word. Of course, as with all stenciling, dab the excess paint off your brush onto a napkin. And since burlap isn’t solid fabric, place a sheet of paper under the burlap to keep the paint from leaking through.

7. Optional – Tie ribbons onto jute if desired. If you tied a knot to keep the jute together, untie it now.

That’s it! Just hang it up, letting the curly ends of the jute hang down. Delicious.

fall bunting on mantle

02| How to Make Fabric Bunting – No-Sew Method

I am such a fan of pennants, banners, and buntings!  They add such a festive, whimsical touch to every room. We’ve made many banners for different occasions, like this no-sew pennant banner from scrap fabric.

Supplies

Instructions

1. Cut fabric scraps into triangles and hemp string or ribbon to the desired length.

2. Using hot glue, affix each pennant to the string/ribbon about a 1/2 inch from the top of the triangle. Then fold the fabric over and glue it again.

gluing fabric to jute to make bunting
glue gun gluing fabric to jute for bunting

3. Trim excess fabric.

trimming extra fabric

See how easy it is! You’ll be seeing more of these in different colors and textures in the seasons to come.

summer mantel

03| How to Make a Painted Burlap Pennant Banner

This banner was super fun to make! I love the texture, the pale aqua color, and the super subtle white letters with a wee bit of glitter.  Can you see it?

painted burlap banner on hutch

Supplies

  • about 1/4 to 1/2 meter of burlap
  • jute or hemp string in the desired length
  • Sea Lavender craft paint (Martha Stewart by Plaid Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic)
  • Summer Linen craft paint (Martha Stewart by Plaid Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Coarse Glitter in Crystal
  • Stencil Brushes
  • Martha Stewart by Plaid Monogram Serif Alphabet stencil
  • napkins or a paper plate

Instructions

1. Measure out and cut four pennant pieces. Ours were about 4″ x 8″ rectangles, with triangles cut out of one short side.

cutting burlap

2. Using the zigzag setting on your sewing machine and folding the burlap over the string about a half an inch, sew each pennant to the string, spacing evenly. (Not shown).

3. Place the banner on some newspaper or something that can get paint on it (because the paint will bleed through the burlap). Pour some Sea Lavendar paint onto napkins or a paper plate. Dab the large stencil brush in the paint and then onto each pennant piece. Repeat for desired coverage. Let dry – or help along with a blow dryer.

4. Place stencil letters centered on the pennant. Using a small stencil brush and Summer Linen paint, dab through the letter stencil onto the burlap.

stencil over burlap pennant

5. Immediately, while Summer Linen paint is still wet & stencil is still in place, sprinkle Coarse Glitter over the stencil just so the letter gets all glammed up with glitter. Let dry.

adding glitter to stencil

6. Repeat Steps 4 & 5 for a total of 2 Xs and 2 O’s.

painted burlap stencilled banner
burlap pennant corner hutch

04| How to Make a Reusable Chalkboard Banner

I love me a good homemade DIY pennant banner! And when I first saw an All-Occasion Chalkboard Banner made from chalk cloth I was smitten! I mean what’s not to love; the never-ending chalkboard craze, the fact that it’s reusable for any occasion or that it looked like a super simple DIY craft project?

Hello?! Perfection!

So, a little while ago I created my very own all-occasion chalkboard banner using chalk cloth (duh) and bias tape of all things!

Supplies

Instructions

I was inspired by the chalkboard banner that was created by Delia Creates. So, I’m going to give you the gist of the instructions below. But if you need more help or visuals go visit the wonderfully written and photographed step-by-step instructions on Delia Creates.

1. Cure your chalk cloth. This is important. If you don’t cure your chalk cloth (or any other new chalkboard surface), you will get ghosting. As in the ghost of previous letters or drawings will remain on your chalk surface.

To cure any chalkboard, simply rub the SIDE of a piece of chalk all over the surface. Then wipe with a dry cloth. This will leave a bit of chalky residue (as seen in the finished pennants below).

cured chalkboard pennants

2. Hot glue your felt to the backside of your chalk cloth. Make sure to spread the glue all over the backside. This will help to keep everything in place while you cut and sew your pennants and the whole banner. 

3. Now trace at least 14 pennant shapes with chalk onto your chalk cloth. Basically, a pennant shape is simply a triangle. Draw one in the size and dimensions you like onto a piece of cardboard. Then cut it out and trace 14 of them onto your chalk cloth. 

14 pennants will give you enough pennants on which to write most holiday and special occasion greetings.

4. (This is where I find it easier to deviate from the tutorial on Delia Creates by not sewing the pennants before cutting them out.) Cut out your pennants, by cutting along your chalk lines. 

5. Now sew just inside the chalk (or edges, now that they’re cut out) of each pennant. Use black thread if you want the stitching to blend in or white thread if you want the stitching to be noticeable. 

6. Layout five pennants in a row. Hot glue or sew them (evenly spaced) into the fold of the bias tape (as shown on the finished banner below). Cut the length of bias tape so it’s long enough to hold the pennants, but also with extra length on each side for hanging. Then layout 9 more pennants and repeat. 

You will technically have two separate banners. However, the combo will give you space for writing all sorts of celebratory greetings, like Give Thanks, Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, etc. 

Pretty awesome (yet simple), yes?!

05| How to Make a Scrap Fabric Rag Bunting

Oh, how I love cheap and easy! Cheap and easy projects of course! Case in point, this adorable rag bunting was made entirely of scrap pieces of fabric I already had in my sewing drawer. And let me assure you I do not have a large stash. These were literally scraps out of the one drawer I have for fabric. They also happen to be the only ones that coordinated.

RAG BUNTING SUPPLIES | WWW.AKADESIGN.CA

Supplies

Instructions

1. Make a small cut into the fabric about every inch or so. Give or take a half-inch.

scrap fabric rag bunting supplies

2. Pull fabric on either side of the cuts, tearing strips.

fabric scraps for rag bunting
rag strips for bunting

3. If you want a balanced rag bunting and you don’t have an equal number of fabric strips in each fabric, layout the fabric to find a nice balance.

4. Tie jute or hemp cord/string to a chair. Tie the other end (I always leave it attached to the ball/roll until I’ve finished so I can judge the length then) to another chair. This step makes it so much easier to do step 5.

5. Starting on one end, tie fabric to cord/string in a simple knot. Repeat for all fabric strips.

starting to tie the rag strips to the jute
how to make bunting: rag bunting for weddings baby showers

Then simply fluff, hang and enjoy!

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What do you think? Have you tried making your own burlap bunting?

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