So if you saw my Black and White (and Rats!) Halloween Party on Monday, I teased that I also styled this party with an alternate bunting. I loved the black rats hanging by their tails in the original bunting — it appeals to my slightly twisted sense of humor, and I think every party should have a little humor in it. But I also really wanted to add a bit more orange to the party, and my fabric stash let me make this fun orange and black Halloween fabric bunting.
Here are the super easy how-tos.
- If you think you’ll make this type of banner for other parties, invest in a rotary cutter with a pinking shear blade, a self-healing cutting mat, and a lip edge ruler. The cutting process will go much faster. Otherwise, just use pinking shears.
- 5 fabric patterns – I used solid black, orange polka dot, orange stripe, black polka dot and solid orange, in that order.
- (The amount of fabric you need to buy depends on how long your want your bunting to be. Mine was 7 feet long. If your fabric is 45″ wide, then a 1/2 yard will give you 9 strips that are 2″ x 45″. Once you cut each of those strips into five 9″ sections, you have 45 strips. I used roughly 30 strips per color. Whew! That’s enough math for me.)
- Black grosgrain ribbon – 7/8 inch
1 -I’m assuming your fabric is 45″ wide. Fold the fabric in half so you have roughly 22″ on either side. The fold just lets you make your cuts twice as fast. Cut 2″ strips of your fabrics. Each strip will be 45″ long. Fold your strip so you have five, 9″ sections, then cut the strip into the sections.
2 – Allow at least 20″ of black ribbon before you begin knotting your fabric.
3 – The knot is just like you’re starting to knot your shoelaces. No need to double-knot. Once you have several fabric strips on your ribbon, I think it’s easiest to tie a loose knot, slide it into place, and then tighten it.
That’s it! Just repeat. While this process is easy, it is time consuming. This bunting took me about 3 hours to cut and tie. Find a movie or two on TV and just keep going until you’ve got the length you want.
4 – Once you’re done tying on all your fabric strips, fluff them in different directions to get a nice, full look.
And here’s the finished bunting. It’s 7 feet of fabric ties and almost 11 feet overall.