Festival Bunting – Blog catch up 9

Each year at the end of July, my son W and I join my Dad and friends at the Cambridge Folk Festival. We like to camp in a little style and comfort – Glamping I think they call it these days -, you may recall my camping blanket that I made back in 2010. We have our generously sized tents plus a great hexagonal gazebo with mesh sides as our living / dining area. Each year we try to add some extra decorative touches to our pitch.

We already had some bunting, however, over the years it had become very frayed and tatty. I had been meaning to make some of my own for several years and last summer I finally got around to it. I came across some lovely bright fat quarters of fabric on special offer in my local Hobbycraft store along with some nice wide bias tape, then using graph paper I made up a simple template to use to cut out my pennants with.

Fabric and Template

Fabric and Template

With careful positioning I was able to cut each fat quarter into ten pieces, enough to make five pennants and leaving very little in the way of waste material. With fourteen fat quarters, after cutting out all my pennant pieces I soon had enough to make seventy flags.

I set up a production line, first stitching the pieces together, next, trimming the seam allowance at the points and turning the pennants the right way out, with the help of a chopstick to make a neat point, then pressing each piece under a hot iron. For those who know me, Yes. I do have an iron and. Yes. I do know how to use it. It is a crafting tool after all.

Sewn Pennants

Sewn Pennants

Freshly pressed

Freshly pressed

Once the pennants were all made I began stitching them to the bias tape. Unfortunately I ran out of tape before I ran out of pennants but we did still have 16 metres of bunting to adorn our pitch at last year’s festival.

First bit of completed bunting

First bit of completed bunting

Bunting Explosion

Bunting Explosion

Bunting Explosion

Bunting Explosion

This year I purchased some more bias tape and stitched up the remaining pennants I had left. We now have an impressive 21 metres of bunting that we used to decorate our campsite this year.

Our Festooned Gazebo

Our Festooned Gazebo

My cosy camp bedroom complete with my stripy ripple blanket

My cosy camp bedroom complete with my stripy ripple blanket

I’m not so sure that W was too keen on all that bunting when it was his job to fold it all neatly away to pack up safely until next year. I have realised while typing up this post that I don’t have a picture that really shows just how much bunting there is. I shall have to get it out and takes some more pictures. I wonder if W will pack it away again for me?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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