bunting tag tutorial

October 2nd, 2011

Next week is the kids clothes week challenge! Have you signed up? Do you have a plan? Are you making piles of fabric? My list consists mostly of pants, coats, and some shirts. Not particularly exciting, but it’s what my kids need.

This week I wanted to have a slew of tutorials to get everyone excited to sew next week. There are so many good tutorials out there for simple pants and shirts already. Like these–

tutorials for basic kids clothes

  1. simple pants pattern
  2. basic coat pattern
  3. ringer shirt tutorial
  4. hoodie to pullover refashion
  5. kimono pattern
  6. raglan shirt pattern

So instead of patterns and tutorials for pants or tops, I’ve asked some super fantastic children’s clothes makers (and bloggers) to come up with tutorials for details you can add to basic pieces: patches, hoods, pintucks.  Sounds awesome, right? This week will be like the pre-game party for kcwc!

bunting tag tutorial

I’m going to kick it off with a little detail tutorial of my own: the bunting tag tutorial. I try to remember to put tags in all the clothes I make, because if I don’t my son will inevitably wear his pants backwards. The elsie marley tag I have is gray–nice and subtle, but not very noticeable to a four year old. So I’ve had to come up with other, more visible tags to use. Bunting, banners, triangles on strings, whatever you call them they are everywhere, so I figured why not put them in your pants?

the bunting tag tutorial

bunting tag materials


  • bias tape–double fold, single fold, it doesn’t matter just use what you have
  • pins
  • scissors
  • iron
  • an article of clothing to put your tags in

bunting tag tutorial steps 1 and 2


1.  Cut five 2 inch pieces of bias tape. You can use all the same color or different colors, whatever you like. Oh yeah, that is some metallic gold bias tape up there!

2.  Open up one side of the bias tape and iron it flat. Then fold up the folded side to make a triangle–see above photo. 

bunting tag tutorial steps 3,4,5

3.  Turn the triangle over so the fold is in the back. Line them up in the order you like.

4.  Check to see if the triangles are evenly spaced by placing a piece of paper over the raw edges (the bit of cardboard that comes with bias tape works well for this).  This also lets you see what the tag will look like when it’s sewn into your clothes–the triangles overlapping no longer shows and it looks more like a proper bunting.

5.  Pin the triangles and sew or bast them together.  Trim the raw edges to about 1/4 inch.

bunting tags!

6. Insert the bunting where you would normally put a tag (the back, duh) and sew that sucker in. Ta Da! A bunting in your pants!  Now your kids won’t put their clothes on backwards and while you are folding the laundry you’ll smile a little when you see these little tags .



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23 Responses to bunting tag tutorial

  1. erin says:

    awesome. i think i’m in. jane could use a skirt or two.

  2. Kerri says:

    So sweet! Thanks for the how-to!

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  4. Ruth says:

    That is so cute and could definitely solve my problem of labeling dark colored pants with my son’s pants for school. I can have a triangle for each letter of his name.

  5. I immediately thought these would be great for indicating the size of the pants so you remember when you pull them out of the box in the attic for the next child to wear. 4 triangles for 4T, 5 for 5T, etc.

  6. Buffy says:

    Ok this is totally awesome! Perfect for my kids & with a fabric marker I can easily add the size of the garment to it. Thanks so much!

  7. CitricSugar says:

    What a fantastic idea! I’m going to remember this one for when my nephew is old enough to dress himself…

  8. THAT is a great, fun, easy solution for marking the back seam for the childrens clothes! Thank you!

  9. Roser says:

    Thanks for the tutorials! More thinks for my make-list for next week :)

  10. Antoinette says:

    Am determined to make that shawl collar refashion from a hoodie! Yay for bunting!

  11. Thank you for not starting KCWC this week. I had a momentary panic, having filed away the dates as “October” and here we are there already. Whew.

  12. Ellen says:

    I often buy thin polka dotted ribbon and use it for a tag – but I love the idea of doing different numbers for different sizes -so cute.
    Excited to participate this year!

  13. Perfectly. Adorable. Well worth the time, says this bunting addict!!

  14. Jo says:

    I had the same panic as Mary Jo – surely it’s not yet! Tonight is pattern and idea sorting night, and tomorrow I tackle the pile of fabric/old clothes. I WILL be ready! Love the bunting tags too.

  15. Becky says:

    Sweet. I use little bits of ribbon or ric-rac for my daughter to tell the front from the back.

  16. Oooh! I really love this idea!

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  22. Nova says:

    so cute! thanks for sharing