Ahoy there, Eleanor here.
Bunting has been everywhere this year, and it was high time I made some of my own, so when a friend gave me a bag of old clothes, I was delighted to see a shirt, ready for the scissors treatment.
This fine blue and white striped garment spurred me on, and I went off on a trip around the local car boot sales in search of more, all in patterns of reds, whites and blues. A total of 6 shirts for less than a fiver and I was ready to start.
First I cut the shirts up into large seamless pieces, and then I drew a triangle template on cardboard. Before cutting fabric triangles, though, I ironed my strips of material onto Bondaweb, double sided interfacing.
I then frugally cut as many triangles as I could from each piece,
before ironing them onto another piece of fabric,
and cutting out. I didn't edge the triangles or top-stitch them, I rather like the idea that they might become tattered and wind torn with use, rather like real flags on a sailing boat might.
All that remained was to string them along, and I had the ideal thing, remember this:
Well, perhaps you don't, it was one of my bargains, whole reels of bias binding for pennies each, and the blue one was just perfect. Simply folded and stitched along (these are 4 inches wide by 5 inches long)
and ready to hang:
With remnants of fabric, I decided to liven up the hem of a plain navy blue linen skirt I have, and then, not content with that, I decided a belt was needed. No belt loops? Simple (excuse my colour issues here):
First stitch 3 long straight stitches with all six strands of stranded cotton
then buttonhole stitch along the threads
making sure not to catch in any fabric underneath
and you have a belt loop.
Here's my mini bunting belt:
And so, here I am, ready for the regatta..
Until next time, fair winds and following seas.