In this post I'm going to show you how I made a string of nautical bunting using Makower's pre-printed panel from the Seaview collection, although this method will work with most of Makower's panels. You can also follow the steps to make bunting using your own triangle template.
You will need
3 fat quarters or 75 x 112cm of fabric
cardboard for template
4m of bias binding
pins and scissors
First of all cut out all 16 of the printed triangles along the outer edge of the white printed seam allowance
You can use the triangles to make 8 triangles, or as I did, cut out backs so that you have 16 triangles. You will need to make a template for this. Put one of the cut out triangles onto a piece of cardboard (I used a cereal packet), draw round it and cut out.
From your backing fabrics cut 16 triangles.If using fat quarters you will be able to get 6 triangles out of each quarter.
I find it helpful to put a piece of sandpaper under the fabric that I'm drawing on to stop it slipping.
Cut out these triangles and then press all 32 of the triangles
Sort out the triangles and decide which back will go on which. I like to try and mix up the patterns on the back so I don't get two of the same together.
Pin the right sides of two triangles together, making sure you use one triangle from the printed panel and one from the backing fabric.
Machine stitch the two triangles together along the inner edge of the white seam allowance line. Stitch down the two long sides leaving the top open.
Remove the pins and trim the point and a small amount of excess fabric at the end of the triangle.
The blue triangle has been trimmed, the red has not.
Turn the triangles the right way round. You can use the blunt end of a pencil to push the point out at the bottom. I use a pencil with a rubber on the end so there are no sharp edges pushing against the fabric.
Press the triangles and then trim off the little 'ears' at the top edge of each triangle.
Decide on the order you want your triangles and then attach to the bias binding.
I used approx 4m to make my bunting. Leave about 20cm at the end for ties, then put your first triangle half way up the width of the bias binding as shown in the photo.
Fold the bias binding over the top of the triangle and pin in place. Leave equal spaces between each triangle. I use three fingers between each.
Machine stitch along the top of the bias binding. I use my machine needle on the left of centre setting as I find this way I make sure I catch every bit of the triangle inside the binding.
And then you will have a lovely string of bunting to hang in your home or garden!
Purchase a kit to make this bunting here