Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas buntings

Here at last are my Christmas buntings. Last weekend was one of those where time just disappeared so we weren’t able to take some photos.  I was determined to get them done this weekend so there would be no lunch on Saturday until they were photographed....

I wanted to put a Christmas motif on the flags but not something that wasn’t too intricate, given that the maximum width of the flag is six inches, and it had to be instantly recognisable. I never make things easy for myself !!!

Having looked at all things Christmassy I decided on a snowman.  Why, I have no idea, but I somehow convinced myself that drawing the snowman using ‘Word’ would be better than using ‘Corel Draw’. The result was Mr Snowman ended up being a little misshapen....

There were lots of beautiful Christmas fabrics to choose from, however I wanted something that was festive, but not too shouty so the applique images would be drowned out. I eventually went for red and green fabric which had tiny stars printed on it.


I knew what kind of lettering I wanted for the flags - sort of rounded, bubble, kind of thing - so thought 'Word' or 'Open Office' would have a font suitable. Sadly they didn't so I did a search on the internet and found just what I was looking for.

As each letter was A4 size (they were meant for children's school posters) I printed the letters I needed, scanned each one, then using Coral Draw, I re-sized them to make the templates.

Both the letters and snowmen were cut from felt and attached using a machine blanket stitch. Normally I would have just stitched them by hand but as there were so many to do I thought it would be quicker to do it by machine.

For the top ribbon I simply used some red spotty dressmaking fabric.

Have a great week.


Gertie xx

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  1. Aaah, they are lovely, but think my favourite is the snowmen - they are very cute. Hope you have a good week.

  2. Great bunting! I've used letters on bunting before - it's really tricky to find letters that are the right size and shape, isn't it? I love the snowmen x

  3. I love the snowmen, it's lovely having the different sized pennants, it looks really effective. I don't think I'd hand sew these either :)

    Jan x

  4. I admire your bunting - I can't find an easy way to do lettering - even machine stitching is fiddy and time consuming - but the end result does look good as yours shows.

  5. Wow you have been busy! The bunting looks fab, really festive and fun without being over powering. I especially love the little snowmen - so cute! x

  6. The bunting looks great. I know what you mean about lettering. It always takes ages to get the right font and size when we are making church banners.

  7. Very pretty. I bet it was quite tricky machine sewing round all those curves.

  8. Ah wow! Let is snow's my favourite, very cute! I can't believe it's nearly here, I'm not ready at all! Eek! x

  9. The bunting looks great, my favourite is the snowmen. I've been doing a little applique but not very neat at it just yet.

  10. Wow, look at all your bunting, something I've not tried yet. I like seeing snowmen in peoples gardens some of them make me smile! It can only snow if I'm inside looking out haha.

  11. Wow - all that work is definitely worth it. The snowmen really stand out well and are all the better for being individual!