Here is all the info you need to make your triangle of bunting.

What’s included?

Materials in your Bunting pack

  1. 1 x piece of cream triangle bunting. 1 piece per design.
  2. 2 x piece of Vilene. Use one piece for your main black fabric image. The other piece is spare or for your additional colours.
  3. 2 x Pieces of Black fabric (1 is spare)
  4. Some colourful fabric scraps.
Example of materials pack

Equipment needed.

You will need

  1. Paper scissors – to cut out your paper pattern.
  2. Sharp (Fabric Scissors) Paper will blunt scissors, so in order to get a nice cut on the fabric it is best to use fabric only scissors.
  3. An Ironing board (if you have one) or a folded up towel on the floor if you don’t.
  4. And old T towel
  5. A piece of Kitchen Roll
  6. An Iron – to be used only by a responsible adult. You will need it on wool setting.

The Design Rules

  • It is important to keep the design within the parameters of the Triangle. Any bigger and your design will not fit on the bunting!
  • We want the bunting to have a look of silhouettes. So the main most important part of the image should be in the black fabric.
  • You are free to use other colours from your own fabric scraps to add interest depth and colour, just please keep the most important part of the image in black. This is so that your design can be easily seen and recognised at a distance.

Eg: If your design is a boat on water, The boat would be in black then maybe the water ripples would be in blue, and maybe some detail on the boat could in a colour too. But the boat itself would be Black.

  • The design must be related to community here in Penryn. It can be a iconic building, wildlife image, famous person or moment from history,, whatever it is it must relate back to Penryn and what Kemeneth (community) means to you here.

Things to remember:

  • Applique is the technique we will be using the create the bunting images.

“Applique is ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck on to a larger piece to form a picture or pattern.”

  • If you cant or don’t have sewing equipment we have included Vilene in to the materials packs. Vilene is a fabric adhesive with is heat activated by an iron.

This means that it is a lot easier to create and means you do not need any sewing equipment.

Please remember to protect your ironing board and iron from any glue that may overspill and stick to anything other than what is intended!

  • However, if you are a “sewer” and prefer to sew your design, that is fine!:)
  • In fact once you have finished your design and stuck it all in place it would be helpful if you could sew over the main part of your pattern to keep it in place permanently. If you can’t, that’s fine, but if you can that would be most appreciatedJ

Try and keep the design fairly simple and iconic. The more complicated the image, the more difficult and fiddly it will be to make and also importantly, it may mean that your design is a little too complicated to see from a distance and understand what it is exactly.

Simplicity and block colour is best 🙂

Finished bunting triangle

Method How To

  • Draw your design in a sketch book first, to make sure you are happy with it before you start to cut up fabric.
  • Bear in mind to keep the design fairly simple. Remember the bunting is made from fabric and if your design is complicated with lots of delicate shapes, it will become VERY fiddly to cut of the fabric and may “fray” and fall apart.

Try to keep it simple. This will make it easier to make as well as easier to recognise once on the finished bunting.

Once you have your design and you are happy with it, you are ready to create your pattern.

  • Draw the main (Black Part) of the design onto paper. Generally this will fit within a A5 piece of paper ( A4 piece of printer paper cut in half)
  • Cut this out with paper scissors.
  • Place this on to the black fabric and draw around it with a pencil or a white pencil if you have one.
  • Cut this pattern piece out with Fabric scissors.

You now have your main part of the design for the bunting.

Check that it is the correct scale and orientation and place it on the triangle bunting piece of fabric. Make sure it fits and you are happy with itJ

The next step will be using the Vilene to create an adhesive backing to then stick it to the main triangle bunting.

Remember : the Vilene will need to go on the Wrong side of the black fabric image. Not the face side that will become the front. If you put the Vilene on the wrong side of the fabric the design may face left instead of right, or vice versa. 

  • Take your paper pattern and draw round it onto the paper side of the Vilene.

(The Vilene is smooth like paper on one side and textured on the other side. This texture is the adhesive glue so the fabric needs to go on this side. )

  • Cut this pattern piece out.

Sticking the Image to the bunting triangle.  Important: to be done by responsible adult only.

  • Place an old T towel on the ironing board, to protect the Ironing board cover from any adhesive glue.
  • Place the Vilene cut out piece, textured side up.
  • Place the black fabric pattern piece, exactly over the top.

Important: this will be the direction of your pattern piece. If it’s facing the incorrect way, have the fabric underneath and the paper Vilene on top.

Once your happy with the orientation,

  • place a piece of paper towel over the Fabric and Vilene an iron them together with the iron on Medium/ wool  setting. You will need to keep the heat on it for around 5- 8 seconds to activate the glue.
  • Remove the iron and the paper towel. The black fabric image will be stuck to the paper Vilene.

Now take your cream bunting triangle and place your black image on the bunting triangle. Make sure you are happy with the placement.

  • Next Peel off the paper backing to reveal the second textured/ Glue surface.
  • Place back in position on the triangle.
  • Place a paper towel over the top.
  • Iron in place.

Once complete, remove from heat and your design will now be glued to the cream fabric triangle.:)

Now you can add some of your own colourful fabric to create detail, interest and depth to your design.

Repeat the Vilene process as above

  1. Once you have finished all of the ironing and you are happy with your design, if you have a needle and thread, please hand stitch the design in place. Either do a running stitch around the design or a few strong tack stitches. This is to ensure if the glue fails over time that your design won’t simply become unstuck and fall off.
  • If you have said you can sew and have a sewing machine, I have included the colourful backing triangle piece into your material pack. Please place the colourful triangle exactly over the design triangle good sides facing. Now “Bag out” the triangle by doing a machine running stich along the “V” , 0.5-1cm in from the edge. Leave the top edge unsewn. Once done, turn right side out. Iron the Bunting triangle flat. Finally run a second line of running stitch 0.5cm in from the edge. Again leave the top edge un-sewn.

Once complete please take a photo of your triangle bunting and if you are happy to, upload it to the Kemeneth Facebook page, with a description of your image. This will let me know that you have completed your part and I can collect it to stitch it together with all the other pieces into a long line of Kemeneth Bunting:)

Or email me michelle@penrynkemeneth.org.uk and I can arrange to collect your buntingJ

Happy Crafting!