I recently updated Alexander’s bedroom with a new colour palette. He’s outgrown his sleepy, sage green bedroom and his new favourite colour is dark blue. Rather than buying all new furniture and decor, I upcycled and DIYed what I could, including making some new DIY garland bunting flags for his house bed.
This tutorial is a great, inexpensive way to pick up on a colour palette in a child’s bedroom. It’s also an easy sewing tutorial that anyone with a sewing machine can do. Here’s how I made these whimsical DIY garland bunting flags.
Items you will need:
- 3 x 40cm fabrics of your choice for the flags (I used cheesecloth fabric in various colours)
- 40cm of fabric for the top ribbon (I used a linen gingham print from Spotlight)
- Print out of a flag template (download ours here)
- Sewing machine
- Piece of cardboard
1. Start by making a cardboard stencil for your flags. Simply print out the free download above and trace it onto a piece of cardboard.
Then use this cardboard template to cut out 4 flags in each of your 3 fabric colours. Be sure to double over the fabric before you start cutting.
2. Next it’s time to make each flag and this involves a few steps. Firstly, sew down the two longer sides of each triangle. Important: if your fabric has a ‘good’ side, you would place the good sides together and sew the flag with the ‘bad’ sides facing outwards.
3. Then turn the flag inside out so the good sides are facing outwards. Repeat these steps for each flag.
4. Now that you’ve got all your flags, you can attach them together. For this I cut 4 strips of gingham fabric that are 7cm wide and the length of the fabric.
5. Once I cut out all of my strips, I began creating the top ribbon that would hold all of the flags. So that I could tie the bunting around Alexander’s bed, I allowed 40cm on either end of the bunting without flags.
Firstly, I folded a 1cm edge inwards on either side of the strip (to prevent fraying) and then folded the ribbon in half. Pin the ribbon in place and then start sewing closely along the open edge (see picture below).
6. Once you’ve sewn approximately 40cm of ribbon, you can start slotting your flags inside the ribbon. Use pins to hold them in place and continue sewing along that same edge line.
7. Continue sewing until all your flags are attached and then finish off the bunting the same way you started by allowing 40cm of plain fabric ribbon.
If you want, you could also add decorative elements to the flags, such as a bell or tassel to each tip.
All that’s left to do is string up your garland! These flag garlands are a great way to enhance any child’s space and also make a sweet gift idea.
Will you give this DIY garland bunting flags tutorial a go? I’d love to see how you put your own spin on them. Share your photos with me by tagging @stylecuratorau when you share them online or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Disclaimer: This post was first published in November 2020 and has been remade in a new colour palette. It contains some affiliate links. This means that when you click on a link and purchase something from that site, we may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.