I am SUPER excited about this tutorial for DIY Bike Basket Bunting. A lovely Twitter friend pointed out this week, that most of my likes revolve around the letter B. Bicycles, Biscuits, Baking, Buttons…….this blog post continues that theme I suppose!
Begin by measuring the outer sides of your bicycle basket to determine the length of your bunting and how many flags you would like.
I started with a bunting flag template cut out of cardboard. I’ve been meaning to buy some perspex templates, but I haven’t got around to it yet. The template is smaller than ‘standard’ bunting, but you can choose the size depending on your basket size.
The fabrics I chose for my bunting were from the wonderful online fabric store Sew La La. It is run by the equally wonderful Kath, who offers impeccable service for every order, no matter how big or small. Make sure to check the shop out and say hi to Kath!
I stacked the fabrics on top of one another to make cutting out much quicker.
Using a rotary cutter, mat, steel ruler and template, I cut out 4 triangles of each fabric. This tutorial from the Purl Bee on using a rotary cutter may be useful if you haven’t used one before. However, you can also use a pair of fabric scissors to cut out the bunting flags.
Match the triangles together to make two flags in each pattern. Pin the flags together with right sides facing.
Stitch along the diagonal edges of each flag with a 1cm seam allowance. Trim back the point of each flag to allow a clean triangle when turning out. TIP: I used my small scissors to push the end of the triangle out.
Once all flags are turned out, press them with a steam iron. Using bias tape of your choice, arrange the flags at equal distance, fold the tape over and pin into place. Then stitch along the top of the bias tape to secure the flags in place.
You are now ready to attach the bunting to your bicycle basket. I used clear nylon thread to stitch through the bias tape and in to the gaps of the wicker. This helped to hold the bunting in place to prevent it from slipping down the basket.
Stand back and admire! Now I’m hoping the British summer rain holds off so my bunting can remain in tact! What do you think?