Reusable Happy Birthday Bunting DIY

We all love a birthday ambiance when those special days arrive, with this DIY bunting tutorial we wanted to create a more sustainable solution for decorating your next birthday celebration.

Handmade bunting can be washed and used time and time again and make those special memories for you and your family.


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Want a ready-to-use template? We’ve got you covered!

Click the button below to download the Happy Birthday bunting template.


A Sewing Project For Beginners

You will learn

  • How to use Bondaweb
  • How to appliqué with Bondaweb
  • How to sew bunting
  • How to turn points

We used

**A note on fabric quantities: Enough fabric is needed to cut 26 triangles depending on your fabric choices and colour combinations you may find you require different amounts. **

1 fat quarter yields 8 or 10 triangles, depending on cutting accuracy. See below for the fabrics & quantities we used to create each look.

Pastel Bunting

For “Happy & Birthday” we used:

For “Birthday” we used:

Bright Bunting

For “Happy” we used:

For “Birthday” we used:

We also used for each colourway:

What is Bondaweb And Why Use It?

Bondaweb is a brilliantly versatile fabric glue; think of it as a sheet of double sided sticky tape that can adhere 2 fabrics together.

There are many benefits to using Bondaweb:

  • Until heat is applied bondaweb is not sticky
  • Once used it can be washed at up to 60 degrees or dry cleaned
  • Bondaweb is perfect for appliqué, but check out our pinwheel project here for an alternative project idea.
  • Makes it easier to cut appliqué designs accurately
  • It gives appliqué shapes stability, making them easier to sew in place
  • The backing paper can be drawn on in pencil and is translucent enough for tracing, making it easier to pan out designs

Important Notes

  • Follow the usage instructions carefully, Bondaweb will stick to an iron/ironing board if not used correctly
  • Fabrics must be able to withstand being ironed at heat setting 3

How To Sew Bunting

¼” seam allowance throughout, unless directed.

For steps using machine sewing, straight stitch, backstitching at the start & end using stitch length 2.5 unless otherwise stated.

Disclaimer: Strangulation hazard. Bunting is intended for decorative purposes only and is not a toy. Keep out of reach of children.

Print the templates and cut your bunting flags

  1. Request the templates are sent to your inbox here. Print the templates making sure your printer is printing at 100% and not “Fit To Page” and cut out the flag. Please note the templates are sized to print on A4 paper.

Use the 1” test square to check the sizing.

2. Using the flag template, cut 26 flags from the selected fabrics in your desired colour combination.

If you have a digital cutting machine it can be used in place of steps 3 to 9

We have provided a link to the SVG files in the same email as the regular templates. Request them here . To prepare your fabric for the digital cutting machine it is important to apply the Bondaweb to your fabric before running it through the machine

How To Appliqué

Once you’re cut all of your flags using the template it’s now time to appliqué on the “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” letters:

3. Trace the letters onto the smooth side of the Bondaweb using a pencil.

Important Note: If you are using a fabric with a definite right & wrong side it is important to trace each letter as a mirror image on the right side, or they will end up as a mirror image on your finished project.

4. Rough cut around each letter on the Bondaweb, leaving a small border.

Seam-Star Top Tip: use an Olfa knife & a craft mat for an easier cut around the inside of the letters.

5. Spread a smooth surfaced tea towel or spare length of cotton fabric over an ironing board.

6. Lay the Bondaweb lettering fabric wrong side up on the ironing board.

7. Place the Bondaweb letters on top of your lettering fabric rough side down, following the fabric grain.

8. Lay a smooth surfaced tea towel/ spare length of cotton over the top and press each letter for roughly 5 seconds, heat setting 2, no steam.

Then wait at least 30 minutes for the Bondaweb to cool and the glue to set.

9. Cut out each letter accurately, cutting small details is easier with fine scissors or a small rotary cutter and cutting mat.

10. One at a time peel the backing paper off each letter and position it centrally on the corresponding triangle, 3cm from the top edge.

11.  Place the triangle and letter right side up on the covered ironing board. Lay a smooth surfaced tea towel/ spare length of cotton over the top.

12. Dampen the cover fabric using the iron’s spray setting and press over each letter for roughly 10 seconds, heat setting 3.

Allow at least 30 minutes for the Bondaweb to cool and the glue to set.

13. Sew around the edge of each letter and around any cut out elements (for example the centre of the D), 2mm from the edge.

Hand sewn blanket stitch or machine zig zag stitch overlapping the edge of the letter and the surrounding fabric can also be used (length 0.5 to 1, width 3 to 4 depending on the finish required).


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Sew The Bunting Flags

14. Pin and sew 2 corresponding triangles right sides together, leaving the top edge open.


Want a ready-to-use template? We’ve got you covered!

Click the button below to download the Happy Birthday bunting templates & letters.


How To Turn The Point

15. Clip the seam allowance at the point in a straight line across the top, close to, but not through, the sewn seam.

16. Fold in and press the seam allowance along one long edge, then repeat on the other side, overlapping the seam allowance near the tip.

Clip any overhanging seam allowance.

17. Turn the flag out the right way, using a pointed object to help shape the tip.

18. Clip any protruding seam allowance from the top of the flag and press.

19. Clip any protruding seam allowance from the top of the flag and press.

20. Fold the bias binding tape in half and press.

21. Measure 50cm from the end of the tape and position the first flag between the 2 layers of bias tape, the top of the flag meeting the fold line.

Clip or pin the flag in place with the letter facing forwards.

22. Position the second flag 2cm along from the first and clip, checking that the letter faces forwards.

23. Continue clipping all the flags on place leaving a 50cm tail of bias binding at the end.

24. Prepare the tape ends by pressing 1cm of tape inward to encase the raw edges and clip or pin in place.

25. Repeat steps 20. to 23. for the second line of bunting.

26. Starting at one end of the bias binding sew the 2 edges together and continue all the way along, sewing each flag in place and stopping at the other end of the bias tape.

And you’re finished, well done!


Want a ready-to-use template? We’ve got you covered!

Click the button below to download the Happy Birthday bunting template.


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