To chase the rain away and encourage the sun to come out I decided to make some colourful, summery bunting...
embellished with lace, trimmings, hand stitching and buttons.
I've made up 12 sections of double sided bunting using 6 different fabrics, some old, some vintage.
This is a lovely piece of vintage fabric with vintage lace both bought from charity shops.
I only have a small garden but we are planning to open it in the summer and serve afternoon teas 'vintage style' to help with my eldest daughter's charity fund raising for Childreach International.
Her 'challenge' is to walk (parts of) the Great Wall of China in September. She's also decided to extend the trip and spend some time sightseeing which will be a fantastic experience for her.
I have only added decorations to one side of the bunting and have also left a few plain.
This is Cath Kidston fabric which I bought in the winter sale at 70% off. I love her fabrics but they are too expensive for me full price.
I need to pop to the sewing shop next week to buy some wide binding to finish the bunting off and then I'll hang it out in the SUN and take some photos to show you!
(To see finished bunting go to http://www.stitchandbake.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/bunting.html)
This is my eldest daughter Emma (19) at her fund raising quiz night just before Easter. The paper bunting was made about 5 years ago from wrapping paper and string to decorate a hall for a birthday party and it's still going strong!
I can't believe Emma has almost finished her first year at uni and will be back home with us in a few months time for the summer. She is studying Art & Psychology and is then planning to study and train as an Art Therapist.