…And you smell like one too!
Sorry I blame the film Madagasgar it’s just kinda stuck…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…’
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?
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?
And best of all?
Louis loved it!
How hard can it be? Very easy actually…