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For an outdoor charity event, homemade decorations are what we want. So calling all creatives!

Here is what we are gearing up for:


Homemade bunting. Photograph: Craig Holmes Premium/Alamy

What you need

Pencil and ruler
Scissors (for cutting card)
Pinking scissors or normal scissors that cut fabric
Assorted fabrics
Needle and thread/sewing machine
2m ribbon (wider than 2cm to make it easiest)
An iron

Step one: Make a template

To make sure all the triangles are the same size, cut a template from card to draw around. Make long triangles so as they flutter in the wind…

Step two: Draw the triangles

Draw around the template on to your fabric using a pencil. Rotate the template each time you draw another triangle so you can get as many pieces on there as you can.

Step three: Cut out the pieces

Cut around the triangles – use pinking scissors if you can as it gives them a zigzag edge and stops the fabric from fraying. OR use felt – which doesn’t fray – or strong upholstery material.

I went to a party recently where the bunting was made out of plastic bags. It was very cool. Unique. Quirky. Resourceful. Waterproof!

Step four: Attach the triangles

Take a long piece of ribbon and fold it in half, lengthways, so it is just as long but half as wide. Iron the fold to secure which makes the next bit easier.

Pin the fabric triangles on to the ribbon at equal distances from each other.

Step four: Sewing up

With the triangles pinned in place, sew all the way along the ribbon, at least 1cm from the edge, making that sure when you stitch, the needle goes through the triangle and both sides of the ribbon. A sewing machine makes this easy, but if you don’t have one, hand-sew using a backstitch.

Alternatively …

Cup cakes on cake stand under bunting

Photograph: Paul Burley Photography/Getty Images

• Make double-sided bunting. The easiest way to do this is to buy double-sided fabric. If that’s too pricey or difficult to track down, use fusible webbing to stick two pieces of fabric together before step two, then cut triangles out with pinking shears. Another way – which is more time-consuming – is to cut out triangles with normal scissors, pin two together with the right sides facing, sew together along two sides 1cm from the edge, turn inside out, then iron flat, all before proceeding to step four.

Colourful bunting

Paper bunting. Photo: Andy Crawford/ Getty Images/Dorling Kindersley





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