The addition of bunting creates an extra special party or celebratory atmosphere, and works brilliantly indoors or out.  It’s also perfect for perking up spaces in an instant, if you feel they’ve looking a little jaded and tired.

Here’s the Shackletons Home & Garden quick and easy guide to making bunting:

- Choose a lovely fabric or selection of fabrics. Then use an interfacing to add structure to it, this will not only stiffen it but also prevent fraying when you start to cut it

- Cut a length of bias binding to the area you want to festoon

- Create a card template for your bunting shape

- Then get to work; cut out your template with pinking shears to make enough shapes to cover the entire length of bias (apart from approx. 40cm each end for tying up)

- Pin your cut out fabric shapes along the length of the bias at equal intervals, ensuring that you trap each one between the fold, then, stitch into place

There are loads of variations you can do too.  

Consider supersized or mini depending on your space and theme. And, instead of using the traditional triangle shape, consider using different shapes – for instance, varying animal shapes would be ideal for a unisex children’s party.  You can also use individual alphabet letters to spell out messages or names to make it really personal.

Bunting is ideal for celebrations and can be tailored to suit any theme, so for example: 

Easter – bunny shapes or Easter eggs look adorable row after row

Valentine – alphabet letters will work wonders to spell out ‘Be mine’

Christmas – rows of stockings or Christmas mittens have oodles of festive charm.

Go on, give it a go; it’s great fun to make.