Swingy Seat Covers and Cloutie Bunting!

Oh gosh I am too hot!  Yes I one of the  very annoying people who hate hot weather, give me a ‘might need a cardi’ spring day anytime!

Anyway, thank you very much for all the lovely comments and sympathy left on last week’s memorial post to Jess, it was lovely to read them.   We are adapting to life without her slowly.  I think I have ‘seen’ her twice already, which was slightly startling but not scary in any way.

I have done a lot of sewing this week.  It is my sister’s 50th birthday tomorrow and I made bunting for her party and two cakes!  I also recovered her swingy seat cushions and made matching patchwork cushion covers out of the leftover scraps of fabric.

garden seat with green and brown covers and bunting hanging on yhe top rail

Swing Seat new Covers and Cloutie Bunting

The coloured garland hanging on the seat is my ‘cloutie bunting’.  I did make some fabric flag style bunting as well, but the cloutie bunting uses up all the scraps of fabric leftover from any project sewn onto a strip of fabric or tape – like the fabric clouties tied to tree branches as a Beltaine/May Day celebration.

As well as sister’s 50th I also finished a pram quilt for my daughter’s best friend’s daughter!

pinky purply patchwork quilt

Patchwork quilt for Pippa’s 1st Birthday


I am now almost up to date with presents and so now have to start making items for our stall at the Handmade Christmas at the 02 event.  It seems a long way off but if I don’t start building up stock soon I won’t have enough to sell for 3 days!

I am now going to have a cold glass of wine in the garden whilst the bbq cooks – ‘spose hot weather isn’t too bad sometimes 🙂

Later I will settle down to watch ‘The Returned’ – one of the best, scary series I have seen in a long time, and I will also be perusing the crafty blogs over at Handmade Harbour, see you there!

14 thoughts on “Swingy Seat Covers and Cloutie Bunting!

  1. aww what lovely gifts for your sis! I’m sure she’ll have an amazing day. The covers you’ve done for the swing seat are gorgeous! I love that green, perfect for something outdoorsy, and the matching cushions finish it off so well.

    I’m glad you’re adjusting okay to life without Jess – and as you say, you’ll never really be without her 🙂 x

  2. You have been busy this week. I love the bunting, something else my fabric scraps would be useful for (I have all of these plans for things to make out of my scraps, now when they get made is another matter!).
    I’ve just noticed that one of your favourite shops is mine, Calico Laine. I could happily spend hours in there, musing on what to make!

    Have a great week.

  3. Your bunting is a great way to use up the scraps so that you never throw anything away. The swing seat looks as good as new. I am sure your sister will be thrilled. I hope you have some of the great weather to help the celebrations along.

  4. Your bunting and quilt are lovely, but Oh no you have mentioned the C word. I was just thinking today that I made a lot of my Xmas stock while on holiday last year.

  5. What a busy week! Having realised that I really haven’t got enough stock for a 3 hour craft fair in a couple of weeks, despite working on stock for the last couple of months, I think you’ve got the right idea about working on stock now for a 3 day event!

  6. The new covers and cushions for your swing look lovely. The perfect place for you to hide with your glass of wine when it’s too hot. Fab idea to use up scraps of fabric. I think the bunting looks great hanging over the swing.
    Ali x

  7. you’ve been so busy! Love the bunting and the swing seat makeover, what a wonderful present. Sweet quilt too. Your ‘might need a cardy’ comment made me smile – I’m a bit like that! x

  8. You have been a busy bee this week !!!!
    I love the bunting, such a great way of using up scrap fabric. Your sister must have been delighted with your handiwork.
    The patchwork quilt is beautiful. I love the colours you’ve used. I’m sure Pippa will love it xx

  9. Love the new seat covers. Seems like just the right time to do them with all this sunshine. Must seem a bit unusual preapring for Christmas with this intense heat.

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