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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Waving the flags

Phew, hasn't it been hot today. I have ventured out but not for long, it felt like I was being baked in an oven. Best off indoors so I got on with a bit of sewing. On Monday I cut out all the pieces for a strip of bunting, 21 flags, 42 pieces, using mainly oddments of fabric which needed using up. Today I sewed them all together. 

If you want to have a go at this, here's what I did. I haven't made bunting before so I guessed the size of the flags. Each one has two pieces. I made a template out of a cereal box and used that to cut out the pieces. 
Then I decided to add some tassels, so I cut three pieces of multicoloured wool 8 inches long, for each one, tied a knot in the ends and added a bead.

Make a sandwich with the fabric, bottom piece right side up, tassels in the middle, another piece of fabric on top, right side down.

Machine two edges, trapping the tassels at the bottom point. You could use one tassel if you like, it would be easier.
Turn it the right way round and iron flat.

Then make as many as you like depending on how long you want your bunting. I have 21.

Luckily in my bit box I had a long length of turquoise ribbon. I folded it in half along the length and ironed it flat. The open top edge of the flags is sandwiched between the fold of the ribbon. Pin them in place, I left a one inch gap  between each one. Sew a very neat line making sure you go through all the layers. And there you have it. This will look nice in the summer house. I might make some more. 

Look what I've got. My friend has too many rucksacks and she asked if I want one. This will come in handy, it's a medium size, half way between a day sack and my big sack. This will be useful for a few days away. It's a good fit and lightweight, with lots of pockets. Perfect. I have got some very nice friends.

That's all for tonight folks. It's cooling down a bit now, I have to water up, and Rocky wants a walk. See you soon.
Toodle pip


  1. I love bunting. That is very nice bunting. I've made lots of bunting but never with tassels - begs the question 'what wouldn't be improved by the addition of tassels!'

  2. The bunting looks great ! We live close to the mountains and the weather here is very cold now. Stay cool ! AussieCheryl : )

  3. bunting is such a British thing, I should put some up for the summer as it looks so pretty.

  4. Absolutely love bunting - have some out in the garden now.
    Might have a go at making some like yours as the tassels are great.
    Wendy (Wales)

  5. Wow, you are doing well being able to sew on a hot day. It is so hot here that I am melting. It has been that way for long already and I am trying to sew some things. It is too hot to have the machine on as the heat emanates from the bulb. I need the extra light even in day time. I'll keep trying as the weather isn't going to cool down any time soon.

  6. I do like your bunting and will look splendid on your summer house and with your painted pots . All that lovely colour will be very cheery.

  7. Lovely bunting, I have just been reading your ideas for a better life, your money saving tips and are you in control sections, now I am about to start reading your blog from the start, looks like I will pick up lots of thrity tips.

  8. Really pretty bunting. I love it!

  9. It looks wonderful! Love it hanging on the hedge!
    Great friend, I could use one of those!

  10. Fabulous bunting and the tassels are genius! (Did you try swirling them before attaching? ;) )

  11. Fab bunting. Natalie

  12. What a lovely idea, the perfect way to celebrate our lovely British summer!
    Sue X

  13. Love the idea of the tassels on your bunting! x
    I might make some and just add some narrow co-ordinating coloured ribbons.......something I'm not short of lol!

  14. Really colourful. Made me smile. Jane x

  15. Hi.Oh the bunting you've made is very festive and pretty-I like the extra dazzle of the tassels.It will look great in the summerhouse,I'm sure.Gosh,sounds really hot there. Hope you are able to get a better night's sleep soon.Bye for now,D.


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