How to…make No-Sew Bunting!

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Sewing is something that I really can’t do – I don’t know why, but my thread always breaks or gets all muddled up and my lines are never straight. Bah! Recently, I visited a friend’s house and she had sown a beautiful bunting for her son’s Birthday. It reminded me that my sewing skills indeed are rubbish, but that I really wanted to have a go too. So I sat and I sat and I sat. And I thought and I thought and I thought. My twitter friends came to my rescue when I asked about iron on ribbon: Wonder Web. What wonder wonder web is! Basically you place it between the 2 pieces if fabric you want to sew and iron it on. (It melts). Would this work for bunting? I saw. I tried. I succeeded. Now you can too!

What you need: My bunting is 3.5m in length. For this you will need: Fabric (approx 6″x24″ x 4 patterns or less patterns/ more fabric), Wonder Web (25mm, 8.5meters), Cotton Bias Binding (25mm, 8.5meters), Scissors, Card (6″x6″), Iron & Ironing board, 2 Tea towels – at the end some pins – but you can manage with safety pins/ paperclips, pen or even cloth pegs, pins do work though!

Step 1: Draw a template on the card, I made the bottom of the triangle 6″, drew a 6″ line from the centre and joined the top of the line with the botton part of the triangle. Makes nice dimensions, but ANY triangle will do

Step 1 & 2 - cutting fabric

Step 2: With pencil, draw the triangle shape on cloth – mind how the pattern goes it may look better in a certain direction. If you top and tail triangles, you save cloth, as well have less to cut. I cut 3 of each of the 4 patterns: 12 triangles. Am sure 9 would like nice too!

Step 3: place 2 pieces of cloth together, cut a strip of Bias Binding the along one long side, cut a piece of Wonder web and place on Bias Binding. “Wrap” binding round the edge

Step 3: prepare the bias binding & wonder web

Step 4: place on tea towel, put another towel on top. Hold in place – it is v easy that the bias binding moves, so be careful. Place HOT iron on top. Check nothing has moved and repeat with hot iron – I leave it a little while so that the wonder web really melts. Don’t burn it though!!!

Step 5: tidy “tips”. And repeat Step 4 on other side of triangle. I make the bias binding longer on this side so it sticks out. This way you can trim to a nice crisp edge. Make up all 12 triangles.

Step 4: Iron & Trim

Step 5: repeat

Remember to place a tea towel underneath and on top – else you will get a sticky iron and ironing board!

Step 6: Trim all edges

Step 7: Lay “hanging” Bias Binding (I used 3.5meters) on floor and space out flags evenly – you can do this with a ruler or just roughly by eye. Mark middle of the bias as to where they need to go with a pencil or pin them.

Step 8: This was the trickiest bit of all, as it is such a long piece. And then iron section for section. Keep checking everything is nicely aligned. I press briefly with iron so that it holds, check it and if ok, then put the iron for longer, so that it really sets. I then went over the whole lot again making sure all the wonder web has melted and secured tightly.

Step 8: The "hanging bias


It took me two leisurely evenings of watching TV to make TWO SETS!

Please DO email me if you have any problems/ questions! 




More “How to…”s: 

How to make a Flower Pom Pom (guest post) – simply gorgeous – use as wedding decor!

How to make a Paper Envelope 

How to make a No Sew Bib (out of an old shirt) 

How to make a Fabric Mâché Bowl (from old scraps of fabric!) 

How to make a Paper Flower (from newspapers)  (guest post) 

27 responses to this post.

  1. I had never used a sewing machine till last september and I love it. I couldnt deal with the iron and bias binding. I already burn my arm once this week!


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on April 2, 2010 at 8:00 am

      😉 lucky you!!! Wish I could sew better – prob need a decent machine (poor workman blaming tools)… but you can still make his bunting with a sewing machine!!!


  2. Genius idea….!


  3. Posted by perkynihilist on April 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Maggy,

    Great bunting! I am only learning to sew and it still scares me senseless. I especially love the color scheme you chose.

    Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my blog regarding my paper flower tutorial. You are welcome to post it here. Just let me know when you do so I can send people from my blog over to you and yours.



  4. Posted by Ellie on May 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I made some of this fabulous and pretty bunting, can’t believe how simple and rewarding it was. Thank u Maggy for the inspiration and your fabulous blog. I am so glad I have found it 🙂


  5. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial with us.

    here is my first attempt at new sew bunting.

    I cant wait to make more.


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on May 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

      oooh, fabulous! so pretty! am impressed, glad you “liked”! Do make more, theyu make a FABULOUS gift!!!


  6. It looks wonderful! Thanks for the link!


  7. very cute and I love that it is no-sew! 🙂


  8. love it! i did a pennant this week too… but there was sewing. i like your way (-: hi from tatertots & jello


  9. I love this! I am so not a sewer so this is just perfect for me. Thanks for sharing!!


  10. How fun! I’ve wanting to make one of these for awhile! Thanks for sharing!


  11. Thanks for linking up to gettin’ crafty on hump day!!!!!!! Super cute! 🙂


  12. Thanks for the great tutorial.. here’s my finished product:


  13. This is pure genius! I bought nautical pendants a year ago (I don’t even want to tell you how much I paid) and I really wish I would’ve realzied how simple it could have been to make them!

    Genius post!!

    Visiting from TILT


  14. This would make a nice 4th of July decoration as well, with some color tweaks. Thanks for sharing, anything that involves NOT sewing is of interest to me!! 😉


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on June 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm

      I can only hand sew(ish)… so am glad to find fellow non-sew-ers!!! 😉 Would definitely look LOVELY for 4th July!!!


  15. Great tutorial! It turned out great. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday!


  16. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!


  17. […] No Sew Bunting inspired by Red Ted Art […]


  18. Your banner is adorable. I love no sew banners and I am a fan of the fusible tape. Fabulous fabrics! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are having a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn


  19. Thanks for joining us for Anything Related! Hope to see you tomorrow! ~Bridgette


  20. It’s the “new sew” thing that makes your project oh so sweet. Thanks for sharing how to do it.


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on June 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you 🙂 glad you like it! Had much fun “inventing” it!!! Am thinking up other stuff you can make “No sew” too…. mmmh.


  21. Well done. Part. for a non-seamstress!! Great-looking idea!! Thanks for linking it up at Fine Craft Guild DIY Linky Party.

    Do join again with an equally great tutorial next party, will ya? It opens Wednesday and you can reach it from our homepage.



  22. Great idea!! Thanks for linking it up at Fine Craft Guild DIY Linky Party.

    Do join again with an equally great tutorial next party, will ya? It opens Wednesday and you can reach it from our homepage.



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