Bunting Making

Bunting can be used both indoors and out and adds cheerful decoration to any event. If you have a sewing machine and a rudimentary knowledge of how to use it this could be a good business for you.

Start up stock can be very inexpensive if you already have off cuts of material. It is usually possible to pick up remnants and ends of rolls in shops selling dressmaking materials.

You can use materials with polka dots, checks, floral, stripes, paisley and plain. Bright colours and pastel shades can all be mixed and matched in pleasant combinations.

Bunting can be used as an additional decoration to many events such as:

• Parties

• Celebrations

• Anniversaries

• Birthdays

• Weddings

• Baptisms

• Corporate events

• Barbeques

The shapes used in bunting are usually basic elongated triangles but I would say use your imagination to produce more sumptuous looking strands. The shapes can be single pieces or double sided. Single pieces of material can be overlocked to avoid fraying. Double sided will, of course, be seamed and turned. For your top products you can attach small tassels or bells.

You may like to produce bunting for specific occasions. For example, one line could be prepared for ‘girlie’ decoration by co-ordinating various pinks such as pink with polka dots, white with pink flowers and pink check all along the strand.

Maybe you would like to produce bunting for weddings. Then use white or cream with one pastel shade such as blue. A good source for the material to be used here is the dressmaker who specialises in wedding gowns. There is quite a lot of offcut which you could obtain for a minimum agreed price. This would also give you a way into the wedding supplies network.

Once you have decided how you are going to organise your manufacturing time you will need to contact people who you can retail through. Some examples:

• Party stores

• Entertainers

• Event organisers

• Wedding planners

You could obtain brochures or catalogues showing your products. However, I find that a simpler way is to have a ‘catalogue’ on line. There are several advantages here:

• Less expensive than full colour printing

• Gives you the ability to change content

• The name of website can be printed on business cards (for free business cards visit click here)

• The name of website can be printed in adverts meaning less expense in advertising

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Bunting can come in various sizes but I think that you should standardise and offer in maybe two sizes:

• Standard – 18cm x 24cm (7” x 9.5”)

• Mini – 9cm x 12cm (3.5” x 5”)

This is just a rough guide – it is for you to decide what will work best for you.

Choose the sizes you are going to use and then stick to them. This means that you are confident in the making and the customers know what they are ordering.

Produce in lengths of 4 or 5 metres. Again you will decide but then stay with it because it will help you in pricing. Good bunting varies in price from £2 ($4) to £5 ($10) and then beyond for really special displays.

From making just bunting you can, of course, move into similar fields:

• Table coverings – table cloths for food, long coverings for display stands

• Wall hangings, back drops

• Banners – celebration or advertising

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