Easter bunting and egg hunting

So, are we all over bunting yet? I know it’s quite twee and it’s been done to death but you can’t get away from the fact that it is pretty and brightens up a party or the garden. Just sayin’.

One of my friends, Thomasina, made a huge length of bunting quite a few years ago and whenever a big event is planned it is always rolled out: a couple of weddings, a 60th birthday, a couple of 30th birthday parties, including my own, and so on. It even travelled to Edinburgh for an event and everyone’s hearts stopped when it temporarily went missing in the post on its way back (not sure if Thomasina knows about that bit). I decided to make some, quite a lot actually as it’s so much cheaper to make compared to buying it, and three people have already asked if they can borrow it for their weddings. Therefore, I’ve done a little tutorial in case you, too, want to make your own for this summer’s party, wedding, children’s birthday etc.

I made 20 metres of bunting and this cost me about £10 in cheap cotton and the binding. I’ve had a look around and my £10 wouldn’t get much more than 2 metres in the shops (crazy!) so well worth making your own if you have a sewing machine (or a lot of time and patience if you want to do it by hand). This is the perfect project if you have only recently taken up sewing, like me, as you can practice pattern cutting, pinning, sewing in a straight line, top-stitching and binding and if you get anyhting wrong it really doesn’t matter as once it is flapping in the wind, hanging at a height, who is going to notice any mistakes?

You will need:

1) Lightweight fabric of your choice (it doesn’t even have to be 100% cotton, as you can’t really tell the difference when it’s hung at a height).

2) Thread, pins, scissors, sewing machine.

3) 25mm cotton binding (in whatever colour you like) bought from eBay. This is sold in different lengths – I bought two 10m lengths for £2.80.



1. For each flag you need a pair of identical triangles (well, as identical as you can get them – mine are distinctly wonky). Mine measure 10 cm long and 8cm wide.


2. Cut out lots of pairs of triangles according to what length you plan your bunting to be. I decided to use three different prints but you can use all your old scraps or go completely plain – up to you.


3. Pin the triangles right sides together, leaving the top open.

Bunting tutorial

4. Sew the triangles together, leaving the top of the triangle open. Leave a 0.5cm seam allowance.

Bunting tutorial

5. Snip the end of the triangle off (the seam allowance – don’t cut through the stitching) so that when you turn it inside out it can be pressed flat.

Bunting tutorial

6. Turn the triangle inside out using a pencil to push the tip of the triangle out.

Bunting tutorial

7. Press the flag once it is turned inside out. I then decide to do a top-stitch just for decoration, and practice as much as anything, but this is not necessary.

Bunting tutorial

8. Press the binding in half. You will need to sew along the whole length of the binding adding a flag every 8cm (just fold and pin the binding over the top of the flag).

Bunting tutorial

The finished article.

Easter egg hunt

The bunting was supposed to be the garden decoration for our mammoth family Easter egg hunt in Devon (28 of us this year) but I’ve got a feeling it’s not going to be garden weather, somehow. Oh well…

Have a lovely Easter weekend, whatever you have planned xx




  1. beth 30th March 2013 / 10:56 am

    It was GLASGOW that it travelled to!!! x

    • katy 30th March 2013 / 1:50 pm

      I didn’t want to name you, Beth, in case it got you into trouble! Xx

    • katy 30th March 2013 / 1:51 pm

      And, obviously, no one should EVER consider Edinburgh and Glasgow as interchangeable…

  2. Han 30th March 2013 / 11:17 am

    Can I bagsy your bunting for my wedding, please?

    • Katy 30th March 2013 / 1:48 pm

      Yes! X

  3. sal 30th March 2013 / 10:37 pm

    nice fabric, and great work!

  4. Gigi 30th March 2013 / 11:11 pm

    Just fabulous! And so useful.

  5. Shelley 16th January 2015 / 4:43 pm

    An even easier version is simply to sew the wrong sides together in similar or contrasting thread and them use pinking shears all around the edges before attaching to binding. Saves having to turn each triangle right side out and press!

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