Birthday Penguin

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Just a short and sweet entry today – I thought I would share with you this little fella, Louis’ favourite animal is a penguin and as I made Eloise a panda card for her birthday (favourite animal), I thought I had better get on and make one for Louis too. I think Louis’ card actually turned out even better, this little guy is so cute.

And I had the brainwave to tie the ribbon in a bow around the holes in the card instead of getting all stickied up with glue on the back like I usually do. Yay, go me.

I’ll even throw in my favourite new Penguin joke for you for free:

“How does a Penguin build it’s house?”

“Igloo’s it together!”

pretty good huh?

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Happy Birthday to you, you live in a zoo, you look like a monkey…

…And you smell like one too!

Sorry I blame the film Madagasgar it’s just kinda stuck…

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Anyway – here is a super quick make that Eloise and I did for my son’s birthday this week.

Louis and his daddy were out at Rugby and Eloise and I had our weekly ‘girly morning’ we make full use of these mornings, to do crafty stuff that the boys aren’t that interested in. I’m always steering it towards sewing and Eloise is always trying to get me to do some drawing or painting. Last weekend we went out and sat in a field in the sunshine and sketched horses and trees…

Anyway I digress… last weekend we were looking at birthday candles for Louis’ cake on Amazon and I stumbled upon this really cute felt bunting for £15, which I thought would look fab and be lovely surprise for Louis when he got home from school.

A couple of birthday’s ago he thought we had all forgotten his birthday and came home from school and found I had made a banner out of paper saying Happy Birthday Louis and he was so super happy and excited, that I thought, this year we could do better.

How many triangles in Happy Birthday Louis again?

How many triangles in Happy Birthday Louis again?

And then I thought… hang on… we can do even better than that. Who needs to spend £15 on some bunting when you can MAKE it yourself! I have a box full of felt scraps and tonnes of spare fabric scrappies so I suggested to Eloise that we had 2 hours free, in the words of Nike; let’s just DO IT.

So we did.

Now what to use to keep it all together? Binding or ribbon?

Now what to use to keep it all together? Binding or ribbon?

And yes I know I said I wasn’t going to do any bunting again for as long as I lived… but this was going to prove to me that bunting doesn’t have to be complicated and take months to make.

Maybe not the straightest top stitching in the world...

Maybe not the straightest top stitching in the world…

I actually really enjoyed it too, Eloise was cutting out triangles and I was cutting out bondawebbed bits of fabric into letters and she was ironing them on, and I was playing with my zig zag stitches to applique them on. Fun fun fun…

Not bad for a hastily cut out letter huh?

Not bad for a hastily cut out letter huh?

Of course this meant that although the production line was fast and furious, it did mean I did it in rather a hurry, I didn’t bother drawing out any of the letters, apart from the ‘s’ I just winged it with my scissors while Eloise was saying ‘come on, I’m ready for the next one to iron on now…’

clap along if you feel like a room without a roof...

clap along if you feel like a room without a roof…

I’m actually really pleased with the end result. It has that rustic charm that you can only achieve when you are truly in a big hurry. Slight wobbles add to the character of the piece no?

Nicely placed star to break up the words

Nicely placed star to break up the words

We saved ourselves £15 (let’s not think about the cost of the felt, fabric and thread) and had a lot of fun and it really only took a couple of hours, plus maybe an hour more to finish off the applique and add the ribbon once they were back at school.

Plus it is personalised, I made the ‘Louis’ letters on a separate length of ribbon, so I can tie it on for his big day, but then untie it and tie on say an “ELOISE” string of letters or a “WILL” string of letters… clever huh?

Not a v good photo as you can't see the Louis part, and I hadn't added the star yet...

Not a v good photo as you can’t see the Louis part, and I hadn’t added the star yet…

And best of all?

Louis loved it!

Wow! Mummy did you make that?

Wow! Mummy did you make that?

How hard can it be? Very easy actually…