Bunting is still popular. It's printed on everything from cups to quilts and t-shirts. Not to mention the actual bunting itself. For those of you a bit lost about what I'm talking about - bunting are those long strands of triangle flags that were once festooned over service stations and now reside happily in many a child's bedroom the world over. People also hang them up for parties and celebrations.
As I mentioned above, I recently made 120 m of bunting for the wedding so I thought I'd share a bit more about how I did it. It's actually quite easy to make in bulk, when you know how. The best tutorial I found online is by blogger Ask Sarah. She's written a great post full of tips and tricks. Read it here.
I started by cutting 7.5" strips of fabric. I then made a thick cardboard template which I used to cut my strips into triangles (my triangle is 6.5" wide at the top). As you can see, none of my fabrics had a directional print; no obvious 'up' made flipping and cutting much easier. I bought some pre-made bias tape in a big 30m (98') roll. I used 25mm (1") tape which was a great width when folded in half over the top of the fabric. I don't think I would have wanted to go any narrower.
Next I put my walking foot onto my machine. Using one of these feet is not essentially but it certainly helped to keep the top of the bias tape flat. I've found it can pucker every now and again when I used my normal foot. But relax, as most bunting is hung high over heads, no one will ever notice the odd tiny little fold.
I folded my bias tape in half and then did one enormously long line of straight stitching. I slipped a flag under the fold of the bias tape every 30cm (12") and made a random selection of the stripe, navy and white. That's it, backstitch at either end and you're done.
p.s. have a second bobbin loaded up ready to go, my first one ran out a few metres before the end of 30m every single time.