Bunting and Bouquets!

Well I am a little late with my post this week as yesterday was my daughter’s BIG DAY! I got carried away enjoying myself at the event and neglected to photograph the wonderful wedding bunting I made for her which I wanted to post a picture of  here! I did manage to find this on facebook taken by a guest though!

Wedding Bunting with Mr & Mrs on the flags

Wedding Bunting with Mr & Mrs on the flags

Now it’s all over  I am delirious with tiredness and looking forward to a couple of days of rest before starting to do anything at all,  so pictures will follow!

As well as making the bunting my daughter and I decorated all the table vases with ribbons and then bought the flowers and arranged these too on Saturday, the day before the BIG DAY!  After this I went home and made her bouquet and the bridesmaids’ bouquets, put them in water until 7.30am on the BIG DAY when I finished them 0ff with ribbon.  I love making things myself and we had a special mother and daughter day choosing, buying and making up the flower vases so much so that we wondered why anyone would pass up the opportunity and pay someone else to do it?  But I suppose if you don’t enjoy creating then it’s not fun, it’s a chore.

My mum had been asked to do a reading at the wedding to pass on some ‘words of wisdom’ to the newly weds as part of this she talked about the fashion for initials in today’s ‘textspeak’ – OMG and LOL for example, but pointing out that her generation had done it all before  with their ‘SWALK’ and ‘ITLY’ which they would write on the back of envelopes of letters to their boyfriends – (Sealed With A Loving Kiss and I Truly Love You).  She concluded by saying she had some of her own to pass to the newly weds  – ‘CEO’ – no not chief executive officer!  She said it was something to remember for the rest of their lives and also something for all of us  in any  relationship – ‘Cherish Each Other’ and then she presented them with a small plaque, made by guess who!

Cherish Each Other Plaque

Cherish Each Other Plaque





I’ll finish with a pic of the Bride and Groom  and that lovely bouquet 😉 then head over to Handmade Monday at Handmade Harbour

Bride and Groom kiss under a tree

Bride and Groom

Wedding Bunting!!

So last week DD and I went shopping for fabric to make  the bunting for her wedding.  As anyone who reads this blog will know, I luurrvvve fabric shopping!   🙂  We spent a happy hour in Calico Laine in Neston which is only a few minutes away,  but totally forgot the time and then had to rush off to pick up her eldest from school! Luckily we managed to find some lovely fabrics to match the lilac and white colour scheme before dashing off!

I made the bunting template really easily by folding a piece of A4 paper down into a quarter so that when opened out again it has folds making a cross.

A4 paper with penciled cross on it

draw lines from the middle side to the opposite top corner.

a4 paper folded lengthwise

draw from bottom corner to point where first two lines intersect on the fold.

bunting template cut out from A4 paper

result is a bunting template cut out from A4 paper









Next I folded my fabric with the right sides together and pinned two templates to the wrong side and drew round them before moving them along.

fabric templates

lay template out and draw round it then move to side

fabric bunting triangle

Cut out the fabric about a inch from the drawn line.


You can now easily sew in a  straight line and  no worry about leaving perfect 1/4 inch seams as these are trimmed later!  Don’t forget to leave half the top line undone to enable you to turn the fabric to the right side at the end.





sew along the pencil line

sew along the pencil line


trim away the seams to leave about quarter of an inch







Now after turning the flags right sides out, fold inwards the edges of the hole you left  and pin some ribbon or bias binding along the top to hold all the flags together and close up where the hole was.  I also tried top sewing one of the flags to see if I like the look, not sure really.

top sewing on flag
flags with ribbon pinned on

flags with ribbon pinned on







Obviously I will have many more of these for the final wedding bunting and will sew on the top ribbon properly when I have decided whether or not to top sew every flag!

Just a few more to make now! First though I am off over to Handmade Monday to see what everyone else has been up to!

Additional Note!

Finished Bunting after the Wedding!

lilac wedding bunting

Wedding Bunting on the Top Table