Tinsel alternative, Calico fringe bunting!

- 09 / 12 / 2014 -

This is a little Scandi inspired project for your Christmas tree, an interesting alternative to tinsel and one that can be restyled after Christmas for other celebrations.

Calico Tree Bunting

It’s really easy to make, you just need half a metre of calico fabric, some scissors, some pins and a sewing machine. My children made some for our tree using a needle and thread but I love to make metres of the stuff so a sewing machine is recommended.


Step 1. Cut your calico fabric into 2cm by 10cm rectangles. You will need 25 of these per metre. Step 2. Using a pin gently pull out the loose threads around the edges to create a fringe.


Step 3. Sew your little rectangles onto a ribbon or calico tape with a 2cm gap between them.

I prefer to make a calico tape because then the bunting can be dyed at a later date. We are dying ours with Annie Sloan’s ‘Emperors silk’ chalk paint tonight and dipping the ends in gold acrylic paint. Here are some colorful alternatives for now. Amazing what you can do with PVA glue and a pot of glitter! Great use for fabric scraps too. Liberty fabric is perfect for a ‘no-fringe’ effect!


See if you can spot this project on Kirstie’s handmade Christmas tonight at 8pm on Channel four!

Calico fringe bunting

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- One Response to “Tinsel alternative, Calico fringe bunting!” -

  1. Rachel says:

    This is very pretty. I made this with my 6 year old granddaughter to surprise her mum. We put it on the tree ant it looks fantastic. We used sparkly material from an old dress,
    recycling magic.
    Thank you Big Beautiful Bunting and Happy Christmas.

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