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How to Make Felt Bunting

Make beautiful, charming bunting for birthdays, Christmas, weddings, parties and anniversaries.

The bunting featured in the birthday card ‘Birthday Cake’ was very easy to make just following 3 simple steps.

This straightforward technique uses felt fabric or old woollens and easy needle-felting techniques rather than traditional cotton and polyester fabrics. Using this method you can easily create your own personalised bunting.

Happy Birthday Bunting that was used in the Birthday card Birthday Cake by Judi Glover Art
Happy Birthday Bunting that was used in the Birthday card 'Birthday Cake'

Here are a few ideas of bunting you could make:

  • Anniversaries
  • Wedding Bunting: - adding the bride and groom's names for a wedding banner, add hearts and flowers
  • Birthday Bunting: - adding the birthday boy or girl’s name with a personal detail such as a hobby e.g. fishing or ‘Gorgeous at 40’ or for children a favourite character from a story
  • Celebration Bunting: - for example maybe ‘Bon Voyage’, 'Good Luck', ‘Welcome Home’ or ‘Congratulations’
  • Child’s bedroom decoration
  • Christenings
  • Christmas Bunting
  • Easter Bunting
  • Gifts for your Friends and Family
  • Naming Ceremonies

You can make anything you can think of with this technique to fit the occasion adding personal details such as an image of a favourite pet, place or the family home.

Here’s some festive bunting I made for my friend whose name is “Bunty” and "Merry Christmas" bunting.

Bunting for a friend by Judi Glover Art
Bunting made for a friend
Merry Christmas Bunting by Judi Glover Art
Merry Christmas bunting

3 Steps to Make Felt Bunting

Felt bunting has a lovely ‘weight’ to it which hangs perfectly inside or outdoors, keeps forever and never frays. You only need a small area to work such as a small table or even just in your lap with a needle felting mat.

You will need:

  • 100% wool felt or an old wool jumper or blanket at least 2mm thick
  • Felting needles
  • Needle Felting Mat - I use a piece of foam from some packaging but you can buy felting mats which are inexpensive
  • Pinking Shears if you have them or scissors
  • Bias binding at 1.5 - 2cms wide or ribbon
  • Multi-coloured bag of carded Wool for felting - you can buy small bags of mixed colours and a little goes a long way
  • Tea and probably cake

There is a suggested list of where to buy these at the end

Materials for felt bunting and how to make felt bunting by Judi Glover Art
Materials for Felt Bunting

STEP 1: Prepare Fabric

Firstly, take your wool felt fabric - how much depends on the size of your bunting - as a guide I used roughly 60cms x 30 cms of wool felt to make my ‘Happy Birthday’ bunting - each triangle is 13cm x 3 sides.

If you are using an old woolly jumper or blanket it first needs to be ‘felted’ by washing on at least a 40 degree wash. It needs to be 100% wool or a wool blend with other natural fibres only, e.g. cashmere - as only these will felt. By doing this you create a sturdy base fabric that you can then needle-felt into. If you are using felt pieces you can make these have a softer edge - I would say more soft and cosy - a bit ‘hygge’ - by felting in the washing machine first. This will cause the fabric to shrink a bit so you need to account for this

STEP 2: Cut Fabric

Cut out your triangles as many as you need preferably with pinking shears if you have them although not essential as felt doesn’t fray.

Put your triangle onto the felting mat and taking a small piece of your felting wool, place it on the first triangle and needle-felt your design onto the fabric. Using a stabbing motion the fibres ‘knit’ together very quickly. Make a loose shape of what you want and then ‘neaten’ it up to the final image - there is a bit of extra information on how to needle felt lower down (there are lots of videos too on how to needle felt and it couldn’t be simpler).

At this stage you can be as creative as you want adding pom-poms, spelling names, images of family pets or hearts or any motifs.

Needle felting is a short stabbing motion into your wool which tangles the fibres together. If you are making a flower shape, for example take a piece of wool and shape each petal - needle punch or stab it into the fabric and add as you go. You can mix differently coloured wool fibres to make new colours a bit like in painting.

Needle Felting Bunting in how to make felt bunting by Judi Glover Art
Needle Felting a Rabbit Design into the Felt

STEP 3: Assemble

Assemble together your bunting and using ribbon or bias binding fold the bias binding over the edge and pin it together taking care to leave a small space between each triangle.

Using a straight or zig-zag stitch on a sewing machine and leaving enough ribbon either side for attaching and hanging, sew the bunting together and - ta-da - finished!

Now for the tea and cake whilst you sit back and admire!

Assembling and Stitching Felt Bunting by Judy Glover Art
Pinning and Stitching Felt Bunting

Where to Buy Materials for Felt Bunting:

Wool Felt Company - They sell 1mm and 2mm 100% wool in a variety of colours

World of Wool - World of wool sell 100% wool felt and also a variety of wool tops for needle-felting - you can also make up your own bag of colours

The Makerss - They sell tools, materials and accessories for needle felting and felting fibres

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