Bunting is very trendy right now and I’ve been getting lots of compliments and requests for my up-cycled flag bunting. It adds a fun, playful element to nurseries and children’s bedrooms but it’s also great as decoration for parties, weddings, holidays and other events. I love love love holiday celebrations and Halloween is no exception! Anyone who knows me knows it is one of my favorites, which is probably why Dee asked me to do this post. This Halloween is particularly exciting for me because it’s the first big holiday with my daughter who is now 8 months old.
My daughter Amara, trying on her lion costume
With October 31 just around the corner, I thought I’d share how to create an easy peasy no-sew version of my flag bunting to add some instant not-so-scary Halloween decor to your space. You could also use fall colors or customize for any holiday or celebration.
You will need:
Cardboard or card stock
Pencil and/or chalk
Assortment Halloween colored fabrics in a decent quality cotton
Pinking shears (optional)
Hot glue gun + glue sticks
If you are like me, an uninterrupted hour is unheard of because you have a baby crawling around, and this will most likely take you 3-5 days of naptime crafting sessions. For the rest of you, if you plan on doing this all in one go, now would be a good time to plug in your glue gun. The last thing you want is to be anxiously awaiting hot glue to complete the final step of your bunting.
First, using your cardboard, ruler, and pencil you need to create your triangle pattern for tracing on to your fabric. I have one that I use for all of my flags but it’s up to you how big or small you want your flags to be. You can perfect your triangle on paper first and then trace it onto your cardboard. After you finish drawing your triangle, cut it out.
Next, you need to decide how long you want your bunting to be. Using your pattern, trace your triangles on to the backs of your freshly ironed fabrics (this makes it easier to trace and cut). Remember, this is YOUR bunting so you can use whatever and how ever many fabrics you like. Just make sure you trace the proper amount for the full length of your banner. In terms of type of fabric, anything cotton should do, quilting weight cotton works best but as long as you’re using something that will cut easily and lay flat you should be fine.
Tracing my triangle pattern
I try to use up-cycled fabrics for projects like this partly because I find it wasteful to go out and purchase all new fabrics when there is a bountiful of old sheets, pillow cases, curtains, clothing, etc. at thrift stores and stored away in people’s closets that they are usually willing to part with. I also love the character old fabrics add. Let’s just say it’s a hobby of mine. However, if dumpster diving isn’t your thing, you can go to Fabricville or another store and buy an assortment of fabrics. The advantage to this is that you will have more to choose from and will not have to dig as deep. (Thrifting can be time consuming!)
Moving along, it’s time to cut out your triangles. I like to use pinking shears for this, especially if I am not sewing the flags to give them a more finished, decorative looking edge. They are also great for hiding flaws such as uneven cutting (I can’t cut a straight line to save my life). HOWEVER, these are costly tools, especially if you never plan on doing another project that requires them. So, regular, sharp, scissors will get the job done.
Cutting out my triangles from striped fabric
So, now you should have a handful of triangles from assorted (or not) fabrics. The next step is to lay them all out in the order you’d like to see them and measure your twine the length of the flags. I prefer my flags to be touching so there’s no need for extra length in between but keep in mind now is the time for that if you wish to have spacing. Add 5 inches to a foot of extra twine on each end and cut.
Triangles cut, laid out and ready to glue
The final step in this process is attaching your flags to the twine. Add a small line of hot glue to the very top edge of your triangle, fold over the twine and press to seal. Remember to attach the first flag 5 inches to a foot in so you have room to tie it or pin it up. Continue to attach your flags. As I said, I like the look of them being connected so I tend to overlap just a bit.
My first flag attached to the twine
There you have it folks, a beautiful(?) set of Halloween bunting to decorate your space. 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by! To keep in touch, you can follow me on Instagram @creativsoul26 I’d love to see photos of how your bunting turns out! Stay tuned for the opening of my Etsy shop and more exciting things coming soon!