Those tissue paper pom poms which I posted last week reminded me of the bunting I insisted on making back in the summer for our 110th party, and how I hadn't shared more about that here. It appeared in the pictures from the party, but that's about it.
Every party needs bunting I think. And in fact I think everyone should have bunting, at least some anyway. I'd frustrated MOH ahead of the party by disappearing and knocking up a couple of strings of bunting when in his opinion there were more important things to be done. They didn't take that long to make and were a good stash-buster too, so pretty and resourceful.
I have a habit of saving ribbon and braid from boxes of chocolates, bouquets and even those posh paper carrier bags, and these came in useful for my bunting. I also have a fair bit of material, so I started by sorting out some of that. I'd hoped to go with the small floral Liberty-style patterns, but when it came to it I still didn't want to cut into some of that material. So instead I opted for material that I'd had for a while, was generally floral and fun.
Out came my pinking shears and I made a triangle template to cut around, cutting through several layers of material at once. I thought the shape didn't need to be exactly perfect to get the bunting effect, and I was right. The central one in the photo above proves that, and I bet you only notice the mis-cut on the left hand side as your eyes scroll back up.
With the sewing machine threaded up, I started by joining my braids and ribbons together, and then simply attached my cut out triangles to that leaving approximately the width of the bunting between each flag. Again that wasn't precise, but it worked out well. I didn't want the bunting to be too spaced out, and I did remember to leave some extra ribbon at each end so it was easy to tie into place.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and I think I'll be making more. In total I made two lengths with about twenty triangles on each, and in truth it was so much fun and pretty addictive soI could have gone on for much more.
A simple craft, but one that was quick easy to do and one that I think can't help but bring a simile to people's faces.