Saturday, 14 April 2012

Time to get organised ...

Before I start - thank you to all those who came over and spied out my first post - it is lovely to see you all!!  I must mention the lovely lady who I now get all my felt from (I'm not nearly brave enough to make my own ..... yet!)  Check out - if you are a felt fancier you won't be disappointed (nor if you like buttons - why not try making your own, it is strangely addictive!)

Well now, at the end of the last post I was resting gently on my laurels, having finished all the birthday bunting for the summer babies and was wondering what I should do next.  I had some faint plans of getting some generic Christmas bunting sorted out for a Craft Market organised by St Michael's Hospice (where I can be found when not sewing).  So, in the middle of summer I was contemplating delving into the reds and greens at the bottom of the felt box when .....

One of the baby mum's was so pleased with her son's bunting that she wanted to order more for her friends - two names that were anagrams of each other - luckily one for a boy and one for a girl to save confusing my poor mind too much. 

 I love the colours of Arlo.  

The stripey ribbon on the 'r' really lifts the name.  Note to self, get more stripey ribbon!!!

 Butterflies and lots of flowers for Orla. 

I have to admit to cheating sometimes and using chipboard shapes as templates for the pictures.

And then word was out there - they may take little time between order and delivery (but then they are all hand cut, hand stitched and hand decorated) but the requests came in thick and fast and all ideas of getting ahead in making my Christmas bunting were banished (and quite rightly so in August!!!)

For boys bunting I felt the need to experiment with new designs - here an owl with a patterned cotton outer, felt tummy and big button eyes.  Later models had bugle bead claws.

Taking the record for the longest name so far - for a pretty little girl living in Belgium - simple requirements 'Pink and lots of butterflies' - with every letter having a different decoration.

 A bit of a departure here - this little boy lives in Scotland so I had a jolly time finding some red tartan ribbon to act as the binding - it looked rather jolly when finished!  I wonder whether more people would be happy for tartan .....
Emily in lovely purples and Emma all in pinks.

'M's take the longest to sew and only fit in the square with more luck than judgement!

 I love these rainbow designs - it took a bit of arguing (with myself mostly) as to what order the colours should appear.

Should I go with 'Red and Yellow and Pink and Green, Orange and Purple and Blue'

 Or use the actual colours of the rainbow?

Or, and just to really confuse myself, the way that colours mix together - Red to Yellow to Green to Blue to Purple to Red to Orange to Yellow (my personal favourite!)

In the end - it all depended on the number of letters in the name, the images on the end panels (not absolutely convinced about blue oak leaves - but you have to try these things).

Even my mother got in on the act - ordering bunting for her best friends grand-children, I think this Jemma is one of my all tim favourites - I love the dark pink felt under the cupcake. Sadly, my mother's friend did not live to see the second of her orders finished - very sad indeed!

Odd though it may sound, time spent sewing is soothing, forgetting the odd needle down the finger nail incident, after a long day at work, the trials and tribulations of small children to sit down with the sewing box (an old cardboard boot box!) is an anticipated treat, dare I say I even feel out of sorts if my sewing plans are thwarted! 

On that note - next time 'Things that are happy making!'



  1. These are all really lovely x I look forward to you hopefully blogging the pirate bunting that you have been working on.

    Karen x

  2. You are very clever Perdita and must have the patience of Job!! Hand-stitiching everything. I have seen them at first hand having ordered four from you and each of my grand children were tickled pink with them, two of them going back to Australia. Thank you again for such a lovely idea. x