It’s a new year…. Happy Bunting!

15 Jan

At long last I have finished my first string of bunting! Hallelujah!

About a year (or more…) ago I ordered a whole bunch of incredibly fabulous fabric from the far off shores of the USofA which have sat in a shoe box, thought of fondly and with great intentions. It was at this time that I also convinced my beloved MR that I was in desperate need of a sewing machine and that without one I might, quite simply, wither up and die like a sad flower whose crafty petals never had the chance to blossom. Oh the wondrous things I would do with my sewing machine and fabulous fabric.
Unfortunately, it turned out to be a rather busy year.
So as 2012 rolled around, I dusted off my twice-used sewing machine (one of which was while on loan!!), tracked down the bunting flags that I had lovingly cut out in one of my crafty fits and starts of 2011 and I sewed those bad boys together into the magical bunting string of 2012! It’s a new beginning ladies and gentleman….

Pinking Shears are a girl's best friend!

I started the bunting process by cutting a piece of light card into a triangle about the size I wanted the bunting flags. I used the card triangle as the template and for the super cool skulls I had to place it strategically to be sure that I got the best pieces of fabric – this unfortunately meant a bit of waste fabric… The patterned fabric is  easier and I was able to cut it into large rectangles and then easily cut that into triangles. I used pinking shears because I’m obsessed with the edges it gives on the fabric 🙂
Each flag has skulls on one side and patterns on the other so I lined them up and pinned them together so they wouldn’t move during sewing. It’s at this point they went back in the shoe box!

Bunting Chaos!

The other day MR headed off to play soccer and I felt like being more productive than just watching the rest of the sixth season of Criminal Minds so I whipped out the old sewing machine, jogged my memory as to how to thread the needle and then uh oh the bobbin too!! I did a few trial & error attempts on one flag while I figured out the best way to sew them – turns out that I started at the point and then worked back up to the top edge. I tried zig zag stitch (my fave!) but it didn’t quite look right and so I switched to straight and boom! off I went like a rocket sewing those flags 🙂 happy days…

Bunting Sewing Magic!

To string the flags, I used a strip of binding that I found in my ribbon box, ironed it flat and then measured about 2cm between each flag so there was a wee gap. I used white cotton for all of the stitching because I like the contrast. I’m quite pleased with the results and feel a little burst of pride when I look at my very first bunting effort – it’s only going to get bigger and better from here baby! Next project… a thank you gift for my dear friend Greta who is making my beautiful wedding dress!

Bunting Fiesta!

Calaveritas!

Happy Bunting 🙂

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5 Responses to “It’s a new year…. Happy Bunting!”

  1. Stacey January 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Oh I love them! How joyous! And it must have felt great to dust off the old sewing machine. Where do you plan to hang the bunting? Will it make an appearance at a certain splendid occasion next weekend??

    Let’s make 2012 the year of the chatterbox sisters xx

    • Cherie January 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

      It was great to get the sewing machine going again and I’m feeling inspired! I think it will be for our new casita when we get back from Thailand 🙂

      Viva las Chatterbox Sisters! xoxo

  2. Michael trujillo January 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    Proud of my beloved partner for achieving her new project congrats Cherie Mae !!!

    • Stacey January 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

      Teehee – that’s cute Michael Rudolph!

  3. Stacey January 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Oh, and Cherie I’ll have to get you to teach me how to do a couple the clever tricks you’ve used in this post – tags, and captions for your photos. Very nice indeed 🙂

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