Lockdown community bunting project. 
Brought to you by Sew Fabulous and Gladrags

Sew Fabulous and Gladrags Costumes have teamed up to make community bunting that will be loaned out for free to post-lockdown community events and celebrations. Come and join in the fun and put fabric scraps and worn-out clothes to good use.

  • Create bunting flags at home using our FREE instruction sheet and template
  • Use your own scraps and fabrics from home our buy one of our Sew Fabulous kits
  • Join our Facebook group
  • Register your interest in our project so we know who’s involved
  • Come to our post-lockdown bunting party to help assemble the bunting in a community celebration!
  • Borrow the bunting for your own neighbourhood street party or other community event!
  • All of the information you need to get started is on this page…read on…



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Bunting method and tips:

Please download and use our bunting template and step-by-step instructions so we have consistency in flag size.

Colours and patterns: any you like. Once we gather flags in we will arrange them into sets, from vintage feel to children’s themes and everything in between.

Best fabrics to use: light-weight non-slip fabrics such as: cotton, poly-cotton, poplin, light denim; old sheets, tea-towels and shirts work well, you could try dying or tie-dying these. If you’re up for more of a challenge you might want to try viscose, satin, silk, lace, sequin or lame.

Fabrics that will be less effective or harder to sew: slippery fabrics, heavy wool, fake fur, stretch fabrics e.g. thin jersey, lycra.

This is a great opportunity to use up spare fabric you have at home.

Embellishments: you might want to embroider, applique or embellish with lettering, designs and crafting. Remember to keep the finished product light enough to sway in the breeze!



Does the fabric need to be the same on each side?

Using different colours / patterns of fabric is up to you. Using the same fabric type and weight e.g. two different coloured cottons will be more effective.

Does it need to be new fabric?

No, recycling and re-purposing old fabrics is the aim of this project

Can I decorate my bunting?

Feel free to get creative and decorate your flags as you like. Remember that the top edge of the flag will be covered by the bias binding when the flags are joined together.

I don’t have a printer, how can I access the pattern?

You can still download the bunting template and use the measurements provided to draw the pattern out yourself.

I don’t have any sewing equipment but am keen to give it a go. Where’s best for me to purchase what I need ?

Buy a Sew Fabulous Bunting Making Kit. This includes everything to get you started. Including a fantastic variety of hand picked up-cycled fabrics.

Do I need a sewing machine?

No, the flags can also be made by hand sewing – just make sure the edges are strong enough to be turned out neatly into a point.

How will you make sure you handle bunting flags safely?

When we are ready to receive flags, we will get in touch with you. Based on current information this could be sometime in July / August. If there is still even a low considered risk of cross-contamination, we will wait 72 hrs before handling the flags and the bags / parcels they arrive in. We will work as a small team to organise flags and in a socially distant and responsible manner.

Where and when will the bunting party be?

The party will take place in Brighton and in line with government guidelines regarding the easing of restrictions and with social distancing measures in place as needed.  We will be in touch with you all once the situation becomes clearer.

We will use the amazing bunting to decorate our (on hold)  event Re-Skill. Re-use, Re-Fashion. 

What kind of events will use the bunting?

A Sussex-wide resource, the bunting will be available for free community street parties and outdoor events; indoor celebrations as permitted by government guidelines; celebrations in and around the premises of key-worker institutions such as surgeries, care homes, schools and other public services; fundraisers relating to the impact of Covid-19.

We hope to have several sets to offer so that there is plenty for everyone.

Can I borrow the bunting for my post-lockdown celebration?

Yes if you are involved in a community event like the ones we have described, we would love to loan you the bunting.

Where will the bunting be stored and how will it be accessed?

The bunting will be stored at the Gladrags Costume Store in Moulsecoomb, Brighton. Gladrags will take bookings and request a deposit, refundable upon return of the bunting loaned. Bunting will need to be returned in the same condition as taken, meaning probably giving it a once over with the iron.

What will happen to the bunting when the celebrations are over?

The bunting will remain at Gladrags and be hired out at nominal cost to our beneficiaries (e.g. community groups, schools and charities) and higher rates for private use. It will therefore have continued use, be repaired and maintained by our volunteers, and help to bring funds in to our charity.

I’ve another question not answered here – who do I contact?

You can post a question for general discussion on the Facebook Group page or use Facebook messenger for a direct message (search Gladrags Costume Store) or email us at store.gladrags@gmail.com.


    Click the images below to download the PDFs

    Bunting Instructions SewFab brighton
    bunting flag template