Birthday Bunting

October 23, 2015

It is still birthday season here, so what better time to suddenly decide to make birthday bunting! Inspired by the recent heroic efforts of Something From Seaview and fueled by the panic that Our Dear Boy didn’t have anything handmade for his birthday, I decided to whip up some bunting. Time was short, planning was nil but somehow a few hours later, there was bunting.


We used to have bunting, lots of it. But I accidently left it behind at the park after a party. The subsequent storm blew it all over the park and after my kind neighbour had identified its bits and collected them for me, it was never quite the same. Its bits decorated cubby houses and fairy trees after that and weathered into the ether over time.

IMG_1655The main fabrics for this bunting were drawn from my Operation Manshirt collection, specifically the sleeves part of the collection. There is probably not that much that can be made from the sleeves of polycotton business shirts except bunting. It is a good size and will last a very long time. If you too wonder what can be done with worn out shirts, you might like some of the ideas in my Pinterest board.

IMG_1653I don’t have pinking shears so I had to hem and turn them. But that means they have different fabrics on the back and are full reversible so that is OK.

IMG_1658The letters were cut free hand from scraps, sprayed with some quilters’ starch so they adhered to the backing without pinning or moving during sewing which was fast and furious zig-zag in a cotton I was unlikely to use for any other project. I struggled to get the contrast between the backing and the letters right. It looks OK as you are making them, but then when you come to read the letters from a distance, the contrast isn’t quite enough.

IMG_1656The bias binding was home made and also very quick. I rotary cut the necessary width from a multi folded fabric on the bias, sewed the strips together and then pressed them into bias binding using this ingenious tool. You feed the fabric in one end, it follows the metal conformations and then you just pull it along with one hand whilst following it with a hot iron in the other.

IMG_1660This bunting is rough and ready, made entirely of scraps to hand. It is not finely finished nor beautifully co-ordinated, but it is done, fit for purpose and quite merry. And I am not naked before the handmade-less birthday!