Post # 1
Bunting is not exactly an original project but I was so pleased with how it turned out that I really wanted to share! I had thought of buying it but in the end I was so pleased I made all 144 flags worth of bunting as we could choose exactly what colours we wanted and I am going to keep it as a memory of the day apart from a small section which my flower girl very sweetly requested to have to decorate her bedroom.
I’m not going to do a full-on how to as others have gone before and written it much better than I could. One tip is that using a template and a rotary cutter does make cutting out infinitely easier, I was also really glad I went to the effort of doing double sided as the bunting was overhead. Lastly, storing the bunting rolled up onto empty wrapping-paper tubes helps to avoid twisting the tape and creasing the flags.
Bunting could not be easier to make (though it is quite time consuming) and it turned out to be a really inexpensive way to bring some colour and decorate a large space for our spring, English, vintage, village-hall style shindig.
Ok so I also couldn’t resist posting the beautiful bunting-decorated cake that my lovely mum made for us to match the fabric bunting.
Post # 3
So beautiful! We are going to be doing something similar at our Barn Wedding! Thank you for the inspiration, it looked woderful (the cake too)!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
it looks great, good job!! That cake is also ADORABLE!!!
Post # 5
The bunting and drapes look amazing! And its great that is matches the cake!
Post # 7
We made the drapes by sewing together some cheap Ikea curtains. We had three drapes which were each three curtains long so we used the leftover curtain as a tablecloth for our gift table. It did cost around £50.00 but compared to proefssional drapes this is a bargain! My lovely (and helpfully tall) dad helped us put them up using safety pins to pin them around the poles across the ceiling – it was really easy just time consuming to get the swags right. Luckily my dad is as into detail as I am so didn’t mind re-adjusting a few times. The hardest part of the whole thing was sewing them in our tiny flat – particularly the ‘help’ from our black and white kitties who loved taking turns to swat at the thread and lie on the exact bit I was trying to sew.
Post # 8
Oh and thanks for the lovely comments everyone!
Post # 9
I love it! I am making my own bunting too. I am hoping you wil chime in- the space is 50ft wide- what formula did you use to figure out how long the strings should be fo rthe right drape? or do you suggest NOT cutting the pieces until at site? I wanted 10 pieces- so…500+ ft of bunting- thats a BUNCH of bunting! now instead of one string for each of the metal cross bars (its a pavilion) I think I will do every other – I dont want overkill.
Post # 11
Wow that is beautiful… i made bunting too but I don’t think the fabric was a good choice… yours is stunning. Any suggestions on how to drape things at an outdoor wedding, I love the drapes you used
Post # 12
I honestly can’t remember what formula I used to calculate the amount extra needed for the drape although I do remember that I ended up with the bunting going less far than I imagined! It depends a bit on the amount of swags you want. I did have an easy formula for working out the total length of bunting I had as each bunting flag was 8 inches accross and each gap was 4 inches (yes I did measure each one I am that anal!) so I knew that each flag and space made one foot. I 100% recommend cutting lengths at the venue so you can play around with what looks right, although if you do end up with lengths that are too short it’s an easy fix, just sew them back together! I also very very strongly recommend that you start this project early – it takes a LOT longer than you think although it’s very easy 🙂
What are you trying to drape nativedesires? It took me ages to figure out our drapes and I still managed to make them too short (apparently eyeballing the spacing of the bars in the ceiling does not guarantee accurate results) but we found a way to make it work. Safety pins and a very tall ladder were key ingredients in our draping kit!
Post # 13
So cute! I love this and the matching cake just makes it so perfect.