The quick and simple Christmas Bunting was only ever a dry-run for the big task – I’d promised my sister bunting to decorate the village hall for her wedding reception. Time is ticking on, so I’ve been getting on over the last few weeks.
My plan was eventually to make 6 strings of 10m length each, in pursuit of which I’ve begged, borrowed and not *exactly* stolen all manner of fabric scraps, old clothes and bits and pieces. I also bought a 72 yard bolt of yellow double-fold bias tape from the US via the marvel that is ebay. This time I’ve chosen a bigger pennant, 8″ long by 6″ across. I’ve also tightened the spacing so there is 6″ between flags.
It’s a great selection of colours and patterns, garnered from friends, family, work colleagues, the back of my wardrobe, and freecycle. The fabrics come from three sets of curtains, three blouses, a pair of jeans and a pair of cords, one pair of jim-jams, two offcuts of woollen suit fabric, some polyester scarf material, and one tea towel.
A bit of back-of-envelope calculation and I worked out I needed 29 flags per string. I drew a new template on cardboard from a packing box. Words cannot express what a slow boring job cutting out 180 triangles is, but with perseverance, and sat cross-legged on the floor in front of the telly evening after evening, we got there in the end.
After ironing and sorting into piles, time to assemble the bunting. Bias tape has quite a lot of ‘give’ in it, so peel a load off the roll and give it all a good stretch, this will also help it lie flat. I measured 10m lengths and then found the middle of each. Then starting in the middle, pin the pennants one at a time into the fold of the bias tape, measuring the gap between them approximately. After that, it’s just a matter of running the whole length through your sewing machine using appropriate complimentary – or if you like, contrasting – thread. Try to avoid skewering your fingers on the pins too often.
There it is – I hope she likes it! Only four more strings to assemble before it’s all done!
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