To celebrate VE Day earlier this month, I wanted to put up some bunting even though we were not doing any actual celebrations. I went to get the bunting from storage and realised that my Mum-in-law still has it – she has it on permanent loan for WI purposes! Since I didn’t view bunting collection as being a critical journey during lockdown, I set about making some more. As I wanted a patriotic look, I rifled through my fabric collection and pulled out all fabrics that had red, white or blue in them – most were offcuts from clothing or other sewing projects – and set to work.
First job is to make a cardboard template for the flag size. You can make the flags whatever size you like – mine were 6” x 7½”. I also cut out a 2” cardboard spacer although you can put the flags next to each other if you prefer. After drawing around the flags, I cut them out using pinking shears, which have a zig-zag edge so prevent the fabric from fraying. I cut the top edge with regular scissors as a reminder as to which edge I needed to sew. It’s easy to get confused when you’re head down in the sewing machine!
I used double fold bias binding to attach my flags. Once the binding was opened up, the flag was laid inside with the top edge against the centre fold, the binding folded over and then stitched along the edge of the binding. After laying the spacer alongside, I then positioned the next flag and stitched that in place. Repeat for as long as you want your bunting to be.
I made two lengths; one each for upstairs and downstairs.
This is a great project to repurpose old clothing or bedding. It’s also very straightforward and quite quick to do making it ideal for beginners or children. So, jazz up your lockdown celebration with some unique bunting!
You may have seen our jazzy music room wall behind our parents in the Christmas Carol Evening blog post. When it came to decorating our music room, so called because it houses all our musical instruments including Mr. L’s kazoo (!), we decided on a red, white and blue theme. Now nothing is more red, white and blue themed than the Union Jack or Union Flag (I’m never sure what we’re supposed to call it) so that seemed a good starting point. I thought the whole flag would be too much so decided on just a quarter of what would have been a HUGE flag. It’s quite tricky to draw the Union Jack and have it look right so Google came to my aid and I found out what the ratios should be.
The cross of St. George is red and is one fifth the flag’s height. The white border is one fifteenth of the height.
The saltires of St. Andrew and St. Patrick are intertwined, with the St. Andrew cross being one fifth the flag’s height. This is then divided into 6 and then two of the six bits are allocated to the St. Patrick cross. Confused yet??? Luckily there was this handy diagram to help me out!
The wall was already painted white so I drew the dimensions on the wall in pencil and then masked off the red and blue areas.
We had a corner sofa in the room which didn’t work with the other furniture in the room. Basically, it had one too many seats! I decided that we could chop it down and make it a straight sofa instead – like you do. Well it was almost a situation where I’d bitten off more that I could chew so I roped in Mr. L to help me out. I have to stress that this is not for the faint hearted and could have gone very badly and expensively wrong. Lots of head scratching ensued but, in the end, we rebuilt the sofa into the size we wanted.
I completed the look by changing the ‘feature’ cushions from a turquoise floral fabric to a nautical stripe fabric, which I had treated with fire retardant spray.