Flag Bunting Tablecloth

Some people have a stocked fridge or  pantry that they can go to and whip up a spectacular meal – not in our house.  But in my craft room, I have my own plentiful amount of craft stuff that I can whip something fancy up, like this flag bunting tablecloth for outside!  I was inspired by this little cocktail napkin which inspired me to create a tablecloth!

The top details:

Before I begin, let me tell you that I’m not a DIY blogger and have no intention on being one.  This is due to my inability to maintain patience to take a photo every step as I craft and my lack of ability to accurately explain the method to my madness.  I feel like my mom when she crochet/knits.  I just visualize and figure out the steps as I go, so I apologize in advance if my instructions are horrible.


  • Fabric for table top – measure your table, add 1″ to each side
  • Scrap fabric for little bunting on top
  • Yarn or nylon rope of some sort for the string detail
  • Sewing machine, scissors, rotary cutter (optional), pins
  • Enough fabric for large bunting flags for table skirt/side, approximately 22 -24 cm (I used cm for this project, it was easier), my guess is 5 yards but a mixture of different fabrics.
  • Note: You can do different types of flag bunting from half circles to traditional triangle flags.

My DIY steps

  1. Arrange scrap fabric and iron on lightweight interfacing – this helps make fabric a little stiffer and easier to work with
  2. Cut pieces for bunting shapes.  Waste not, use all you can and make smaller ones for future projects and save them.
  3. Arrange bunting flag shapes on table top sheet, pin in place
  4. Zig zag sew around each flag
  5. Iron on yarn along top of flags, no need to pin.  Switch sewing foot to make it easier for this.  Knot ends.
  6. Cut large bunting flags.  Figure out how many you need to fill in spaces, it’s OK if you need to overlap them.  (I made mine 22-24 cm wide when cut.   Final size was 18 cm and the length was around 28 cm).  Better to overlap than to have spaces.  I cut 4 inches up the middle and cut out the triangle.
  7. Finish bunting flags edges.  Fold up bottom corner.  You can serge or sew these depending on the look you want.
  8. Pin large bunting flags along sides of table cloth top and space as needed, or overlap.  You can toggle the length too for more character. Sew large bunting flags along the edges (or serge).  If you sew, finish again with a zig zag stitch to avoid fray.

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And ta-da!
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What do you think?  I spent nearly two days on it and I doubt I’ll ever make one again – but, never say never as I’ve learned over the years!

Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark III / 50mm f/1.2L /85 f/1.4EX / 35mm f/1.4 L

Diana Elizabeth says this is what you do with scrap fabric and lots of time indoors.  She will use it to cover the dusty outdoor table when the weather gets better to entertain outdoors once again!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.


  • Carrie

    I LOVE IT!!! It makes me want to get my sewing machine out and all my scraps I have saved for over 20 years. Thanks for the lovely pictures and instructions.

  • Mailinh

    How fun! It looks lovely! Also, I applaud your patience with a sewing machine. I’m a hot mess when I’m behind one. Haha!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi M! It took a lot of time – sewing since I was in jr. high. I don’t really follow the rules though, so professional seamstresses would be so annoyed with me :)

  • KrystalC

    Diana! I can’t get over how cute this is! What talent to make it! I LOVE bunting flags for decor themselves or on something. This is really way too cute to handle, so you’re gonna have to stop it! :P

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Krystal! You’re so sweet :) I was just really antsy that day to make something. It’s now sitting in our laundry room just waiting for a day when I can use it – probably in fall.


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