Soooo .... BUNTING! From Start to Finish x

Bunting - as we call it in the UK and Australia!

I decided, one day, ages ago ... that i was going to try and make some bunting. I was never even a 'fan' of bunting (then!) but some local customers had asked me if i made it so i thought i would try it...


I decided on the size and shape of each flag by sketching it on paper first. Then i made one or two 'flags' or 'pennants' and they seemed to look okay. At the time, i was buying Bias Bind (for the coloured top strip) and it was 5 meters long. I decided i could cut that in half and fit 12 flags on each 2.5mtr length... ( I now buy it in 50metre rolls! )...
I made a few lines of Bunting in some 'party themes' - jungles, robots, pirates ... and then i had an order for some saying "Baby Girl" and "Baby Boy" so i decided i could offer names on bunting for children ...
It all just went from there and nothing has changed much since. Not the design, not the size (although i do now offer mini-bunting)...
I don't even design the look of the bunting first! I just wait and see what comes from a sewing session - Bunting really encapsulates and suits my craft style:
1. no pattern
2. no plan
3. small sections at a time
4. bright and impulsive

I usually make LOADS of flags and then decide which ones go together the best and somehow ...they work! Choosing gorgeous fabric is always a good start and i try to pick ones i love and really good quality cotton weave.
P.S This really is the ONLY time i get the iron out in my house!...
I love the way they all turn out so differently and that i rarely repeat a pattern. It keeps me on my creative toes and stops me getting bored. I collect fabric COMPULSIVELY now and make bunting all week, every week. I love to see it brighten up the homes and gardens of people i know... or to think of it in customers homes whom i have never met...

I have 'my' bunting hanging in:
School halls >>> Wedding receptions >>> Children's Bedrooms >>> Shop windows >>> Cafe windows >>> Tea Room walls >>> Craft Stalls >>> Garden Parties >>>Birthdays >>> Theme nights >>> Some Narrow Boats >>> Domestic Kitchens >>> Art Studios >>> EVEN as far flung as a remote island in FIJI! where my sister celebrated her 30th birthday and, when she moved on, she left it for a family and their children who love it...
Some days i hate making more of the stuff ... but most days it is one of the nicest creative jobs i do. They are bright, happy, cheerful, colourful, fun, kitsch, totally un-necessary ... everything my CRAFT style is about! ...
Why not make some of your own? And if you can't sew - use paper? LISTEN, my 4 yr old made paper bunting for her dolls house - there really is nothing to it!
Have fun - get creative x x x

BUNTING - as we call it in the UK and Australia x

4 comments:

simplestitchesstudio said...

Over here bunting to me is a snuggly thing that looks like a long coat with the bottom sewed up and hood to put over a baby to keep them warm.HHHMMMM!!! I must get out more often!

Rosebud Collection said...

Very cute..something different.
The materials you used were so pretty.

Bee Square Fabrics said...

Saw your post on Etsy forums, and have to say out beautiful your bunting is. This is the kind of bunting I'd want up in my house all year round. Thanks for sharing the link to your blog! I'm off to read the rest of it. :)

Good-Grace said...

Hi! Like bee square fabrics, I found your blog through your post on Etsy. LOVELY little banners!! Great colors and patterns! (I'm also looking forward to reading more of your blog.) :)

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