A Project Just For Me – Bunting

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Hello! Just a quick post today to share a little project I have been working on just for me. When you make things to sell and to give as gifts all the time it is so important to find the time to do small just for fun projects for yourself every now and then.

This bunting is made from fabrics I have had in my stash for a long time, I was saving them for that perfect project that never really came along. Having recently decided I must start using my stash before buying more fabric I decided to make aprons to sell on Etsy. I couldn’t bring myself to use every last inch of these special fabrics for the aprons though, and decided to keep a small bit back to make myself some bunting. I have been making bunting for years, mostly as gifts and sometimes to sell but I had never gotten around to making myself some. It feels really great to have finally done it and the bunting definitely brightens up our spare room/craft room nicely.

As I knew I would be hanging this bunting flat against a wall I only made the flags one sided, this left more fabric spare for other projects too. I simply cut triangles of each fabric, hemmed the edges and attached them to some ribbon. A simple project but very satisfying!

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Now that I’ve used some of my fabric stash I feel it might just be ok to buy some more … I hope I’m not the only one who has to really force themselves to use their treasured fabrics rather than just squirrelling them away for that elusive perfect project?

 

Half Term Happenings

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog post, sorry about that! I have been pretty busy though, a week off from work for half term has actually given me less time for blogging than when I’m working!

I thought you might like to have a quick look at some of the crafty things I’ve been doing with my week off, I’ve really been focusing on getting items ready and listed on the Etsy shop.

I have finally got round to making and photographing four strings of fabric bunting that I had been planning for ages:

And I’ve also listed a couple of the needle felted animals and mushrooms that I made recently:

As well as a few that my talented mum has made:

Having a whole week off has meant that I managed to get light, bright photos of my handmade items as I have actually been at home during daylight hours. I also put some time and effort into making myself a set of at home photography backdrops, there will be a tutorial for this on the blog soon. I feel like they have made the world of difference to my images!

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It was also my boyfriend Nathan’s birthday, so I made him this card. Why on earth would you put a moth on a birthday card I hear you ask? Nathan actually loves moths! I’m hoping to have a go at creating a needle felted moth for him soon.

Another project I plan on sharing with you here is this cushion with a hand felted front and a cotton envelope back. This one is a birthday present but I hope to make lots more for the Etsy shop and maybe a couple for me!

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Sorry if this post has felt a bit like show and tell – with me doing all the showing and telling! It feels great to have gotten so much done in the last week, I can’t wait to share proper tutorials for some of these items with you on the blog over the next few weeks.

 

Christmas Bunting

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Hello! One of the things I have been making a lot of recently is bunting, it’s one of my favourite crafts as it’s simple, makes a great gift and really adds to a space when it is finished.

For this bunting I used the scandi style fabric I ordered from The Christmas Fabric Shop  and some red cotton tape to string the flags onto. I found the fabric really easy to use and it’s so lovely I might just have to order some more!

The first step when making bunting is to cut out your triangles of fabric, I created a cardboard template that I use over and over again. Remember to make your template slightly larger than your desired finished flag size to allow for seams. Cut out as many flags as you need for your chosen length of bunting. The number of flags needed per metre of bunting is completely up to you, I usually just make as many flags as I can out of my fabric and then space them out evenly along the length of tape. Some people prefer their flags to touch and some prefer them more spaced out.

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For this bunting I decided to hem each flag so that they look neat from the front, this method means that the bunting has a front and a back so it would be best hung flat against a wall. Another method is to sew two triangles together, pattern sides facing each other and then turn them inside out, this method would leave you with bunting that looked good from both sides and could therefore be hung in any situation. The negative with that method is that it uses twice the amount of fabric. The quickest and easiest bunting method is simply to cut out your triangles using zigzag scissors so that the fabric doesn’t fray, that way you don’t need to sew each flag at all.

If you do choose to hem each flag like I did, you will now need to fold over the two long edges of each triangle, creating a neat corner at the bottom point of the flag and then pin the folds down ready for sewing.

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When you have pinned the hems of each flag just sew down each hem as neatly as you can and then trim off any excess overlapping fabric.

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Before I get to the next stage I’d like to apologise for the terrible quality of the images taken during the making process here! I am really struggling with finding places in my new house large and light enough to photograph my process. A cosy house is lovely but it does not lead to great blog photos!

The next stage is my least favourite part, laying out your bunting on your length of tape and spacing the flags apart evenly. I usually start by cutting my cotton tape to the length I want it to be and leaving an extra amount at each end to enable the bunting to be tied or pinned to things. Next I arrange the flags evenly along the length of tape and pin them down ready to be sewn on. Some very organised people may well measure their tape and the distances between each flag, I am jealous of those very organised people! I bet their bunting looks perfect! But as a slightly impatient person I find spacing them by eye good enough for now!

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When I make bunting I like to buy extra wide cotton tape and then fold the tape over, pinning each flag in the middle of the folded tape. This gives a nice clean finish so that you cannot see the top, un-hemmed edge of the flags. Satin ribbon looks lovely used in this way but I have found it very slippery when sewing the whole thing together so cotton tape works better for me.

Once you have pinned your flags in place it’s time to sew them to your tape. My technique is to set my sewing machine to a zigzag stitch and start just before the first flag on the string, sewing all the way along until just after the final flag. I feel the zigzag stitch keeps everything firmly in place and I also really love the way that stitch looks! Once you have tied your ends you are done. Told you it was simple!
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Here’s my finished bunting! I love the scandi style Christmas patterns together, what do you think? Bunting is such a simple and effective way to add some colour and pattern to your home, especially for Christmas.

If you like the look of this bunting but don’t have time to make some for yourself it is available to buy on my Etsy shop, take a look! Christmas Bunting

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