Prototyping bunting…

Tools, ready!

We did some research recently into buying bunting and soon found out the outrageous price some companies charge. So we decided to investigate making it ourselves. above you can see the chosen materials:

  • Red and Blue Poly-cotton – Chosen because poly-cotton is strong, cheap, brightly coloured and don’t fray if cut properly.
  • Double Fold White Bias Binding Tape – Folded once more and pre-stretched by hand prior to inserting pennants.
  • White Cotton Thread – Run all the way along the length of the Bias Binding Tape to hold it closed and keep the pennants in the fold.

Tripple folded bias binding

How to cut the pennants

The pennants can be cut quite easily with a scalpel with new blade, the Swann Morton No.10A blade used here is probably not ideal, a larger No.10 blade would be more suitable I would imagine, it’s important its brand new and hasn’t been used on plastics or papers otherwise it will be too dull to cut the fabric cleanly.

We needed a template to follow that was durable so downloaded and printed a template found online, and used spray adhesive to fix the print out squarely onto some ABS plastic sheet material. Then using Jude Pullen’s Design Modelling techniques for scoring then snapping ABS plastic sheets we were able to have a really neat plastic template…

ABS cutting template and pennants

The result as seen below is brilliant, this is just a prototype, we’ve yet to sew it, and calculate costs, we’re also going to try using a rotary cutter to make a better job and allow us to cut several layers of material at once.

Prototype bunting, held with pins.

Update: We’ve done some more work to the bunting, so we can remove the pins!

Let us know if you like hearing about the developments and we’ll try to keep doing it!

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