Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Union Jack Bunting Tutorial

To Start with choose 4 complementary fabrics.

I cut mine to the following measurements:

1 x Blue spotty : 8ins x 8ins

2 x pale pink strips: 13ins x 4ins

2 x red gingham strips: 13 ins x 2.5 ins

2 x flowery pink strips: 10ins x 6 ins

2 x red gingham strips: 10 ins x 2.5 ins

Fold over neat hems on all strips,
Iron flat for a crisper finish

Begin the Flag construction by pinning a pale pink strip diagonally with a red gingham strip on top...

Begin to sew

Sew all outer edges

Layer the strips
And sew

piece by piece

Sewing all outer edges
securely in place

As you can see the flag now resembles
The Union Jack

Snip off all the over hanging edges
for less bulk
and a neater finish

Choose a contrasting fabric and cut it
8.5 ins x 8.5 ins

Face best sides together
And pin.
Sew three sides of the square together
making sure a gap is at the top of the union jack

Turn right sides out
I use scissors to poke the corners out

Iron nice and flat

Make five squares in the same way.
You can create them all as Union Jacks or
As I have

To hold the bunting together you can either use bias tape or like me make your own by cutting a long strip of fabric

Position the bunting into place with pins

Sew The tape onto the top (unsewn) bunting squares

Easy peasy Bunting

I pinned mine with thumb tacs to the mantle
Although I will be moving mine a little higher
because of the fire.


  1. great tutorial emma and fab bunting might just have to make myself some!!!

  2. you did all that whilst teaching your daughter about evolution? well done indeed.
    love the matching cushions.
    joy xx

  3. Love the bunting. What a clever girl you are. Makes me desperate to improve my own merge sewing skills.




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