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Shine A Little Light on Me: Lampshade Tutorial

7 Aug

Never let it be said that the bunted! fairies rest on their laurels! We stretch ourselves, going above and beyond our crafting duties! In actual English, that means we tried some thing new! Yay us!

After going a little crazy in Hometown in Rochester during their Summer sale, and buying quite a lot of new fabric, I thought I’d branch out and tackle making a lampshade, a la our new favourite crafters, WeirdandGilly Lampshades.

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Case in point: do not leave me unattended in Hometown

I’m going through a bit of Mad Men induced Orla Kiely fan girl-ing, and so I picked this 60’s esque mustard floral fabric from Hometown

Far be it from me to go too crazy when trying new things, so of course I took the safety-first route of purchasing a lampshade kit. I only had a minor panic attack reading the instructions, and frankly I think that’s to be celebrated!

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I bought a 40cm kit as I wanted to replace the lampshade hanging over my bed. There was nothing wrong with the shade at all, but it was plain white (although covered in Chinese lanterns) and I’ve started to get this obsession with decorating my entire house with things that I have made, ensuring maximum smugness when guests come over – I’m sure I’m not alone either!

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I was actually really shocked – this is literally all that comes in the kit! You buy your own fabric (no arguments there) and all you need are the lampshade hoops, some double sided tape and the adhesive backing, which doubles as the structure for the shade.

The kit tells you the width and length of the fabric you will need for your cover. I thought I would be sneaky and use the width of the fabric straight off the bolt, so that I didn’t need to cut it as much (I’m notoriously wobbly with a pair of scissors). Be warned, my lovely bunters, it only just fit, and I had to get a bit stern with the fabric to make sure it didn’t move a millimetre.

After cutting the fabric to size I lay it out face down, and ironed out any residual creases.

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Then I placed the backing onto the fabric, and double checked all my measurements. The tricky bit is next: unpeel 10 or so centimetres of the backing, and paying careful attention to your positioning, stick it onto the wrong side of your fabric. Taking you straight back to your school days, press out the backing so you don’t get any bubbles. Continue in this vein (very slowly) for the next 10cm and so on, until all the backing is stuck down.

It will look something like this:

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If you look closely you can see I’ve come up a tiny bit short on the fabric at the end. If this happens, don’t worry, when you roll in the hoops it can’t be seen.

You then snap off the pre-scored edges of the backing, to expose about 1cm of fabric on each end. Using the double sided tape provided, cover the edge of both hoops with tape, and then placing them tightly against the edge of the fabric, roll the hoops up until they are fully covered. I used an extra piece of tape to seal the shade closed. I couldn’t do this on my own, I used a trusted friend to take one hoop. You need to pul the backing really tight to make sure your backing doesn’t sag.

With a flat blunt object (a very old butter knife in my case) tuck the 1cm of free fabric that you’ve left around the edge of the hoop to achieve the rolled finish!

 

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The finished shade!

Your shade is finished! I am actually delighted with the outcome – I didn’t pull the backing tight enough though, and so there is a tiny bit of sag. I don’t think it’s noticeable on a daily basis though.  It doesn’t look like I bought it from a shop, but hey, that’s kind of the idea!

The lampshade kit cost £9.95 down from £16.95, and the fabric was £5 per metre on sale, and I used about 1.5m. Considering the amount of pleasure it gives me on a daily basis, and the sense of satisfaction I have, I think that’s remarkably cheap!

Sam

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Zak and Link Personalised Bunting

15 Jul

We definitely love the cute over at bunted! HQ, and baby bunting is without a doubt got “cute” covered. But sometimes it’s nice to do something a little different, and this was certainly the case for our most recent project.

Zak and Link two brand new boys born in Australia, and a friend was looking for some personalised bunting that would suit their unusual (but totally awesome) names, and impress their design savvy parents. I met with Natalie and together we chose the fabric at our local fabric Mecca, Hometown Rochester.

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We love the whale fabric to within an inch of its perfectly woven life. It’s cute, but not too cute, and it says baby boy, without throwing too many gender stereotypes in your face. Safe to say our friend Nat has some seriously good taste. We love it! We even customised the font on this occasion, using Bebas Neue from Font Squirrel. I think it works really well because it’s narrow, and fills the length of the pennant.

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As difficult as this ampersand was to sew – I’m absolutely delighted with the results. Also: how much fun is it to say ampersand? I feel a bit clever!

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Nat was really happy with the results, and I hope the lovely Zak and Link get to enjoy their bespoke bunting soon!

New York!

13 Apr

Just recently Sarah was whisked off to New York by her lovely Dean for the purpose of celebrating her 40th!!! birthday, of course this means updating the About Us page!

Anyhoo, here’s some pics of NY and the divine fabric she found…

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Impressive!

Let it be known New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town…..tis sorely missed!

Up, up, up and away!

20 Dec

Nothing gets me more in the mood for a little fabric shopping that a 17 hour flight to Australia. Wait…what? I don’t think I’m ever not in the mood for fabric shopping! Not even a long haul flight could put me off!

Earlier this week, the bunted! fairy grandmother took me out to Australian fabric heaven (Spotlight) and we had a little perusal of the delightful wares. Here are the latest additions to the bunted! collection:

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 During Sarah’s last trip to Australia, she managed to nab a super sweet toile fabric, in a nursery rhyme pattern. Sadly, although totally unsurprisingly, loads of lovely bunted! customers fell in love with the fabric and we’ve now totally run out. I though this pale pink toile was just as lovely, and in the same colour spectrum as the nursery rhyme toile, so hopefully you will all love it as much as I do!

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I’ve accidentally gone totally girly and just simply had to have this strawberry and polka dot linen. It’s pretty light for a linen, which makes it sewing-machine-needle-friendly (excellent!). I can see this sandwiched between a mauve floral, and perhaps calico pennants? I am possibly being a tad too optimistic weather-wise, but Spring isn’t too far away, and this would be perfect for garden tea parties in the brand new sunshine, along with some of these pretties:

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Tea party extravaganza – don’t forget to invite us! I don’t know if I can bear surrendering this lovely pastel horse fabric over the bunted! HQ….I might have to smuggle this into my personal collection!

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Please excuse the wrinkles! Can you see why I adore it? I think it’s so delicate and lovely, feminine without being totally over the top girly. The bunted! fairy grandmother suggested that it would be apropos for an apron, and I must say I agree – can’t you just imagine me flouncing around the kitchen in a ruffled apron with a matching potholder? Must get Sarah to teach me how to make them…

This is too late for Christmas 2012, but next year you could own your very own Dr Seuss Christmas bunting! I stopped short of nabbing the Grinch fabric as well, but there’s still time to sneak back and get it – I’m sure it will fit in the suitcase! Well…reasonably sure…just…

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I’ve already been a busy bee and made my first batch of bunting out of some of these delights, and pictures will follow. Stay tuned folks, and remember, if you have bought any bunting from bunted! we’d be delighted to see any pictures in situ, or to hear any feedback you may have!

Teepee for summer anyone?

1 Jun

We love up-cycling fabric so we challenged ourselves and came up with this gorgeous teepee! This one has gone to a good home at a local pre-school but another is being created by the bunted! fairies as we speak….I don’t think I’ll get through the summer without one…..

India!

29 Jan

Hello Bunters!

We’re so excited here at HQ. This very morning bunted! has just received some beautiful fabrics direct from India! Oh my goodness, how beautiful are they. The great news is that they are from a co-op in Kashmir. We love co-ops and are extremely happy to fully support local artisans.
Now…..what to make….hmmmmm, any suggestions?

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New Year – New Bunting!

19 Jan
 Baby fever – that dreaded of all illnesses – has well and truly hit bunted! HQ. We’ve had some delightful orders in recently, and we’re just so darn proud we thought we’d show them off!
Petite Bebe!

Ese is the gorgeous daughter of a close friend, and what better way to celebrate her arrival than by embracing all her girly lovliness and going all out in pink. My favourite part has to be the enormous button – a bunted! signature finish – which says ‘I’m totally cute, come and shower me with cuddles and potentially gifts’ loud and proud!

 
Sullivan is another little person on the scene, and Sarah’s done herself proud again with a lovely traditional baby blue bunting.  Sullivan (the bunting, not the baby) has been crafted using upcycled fabric that is so soft to touch I practically send myself to sleep just thinking about it.
 
 
 
Sarah’s also snuck in some beautiful 100% cotton blue polka dot fabric that I wrestled from the arms of and enraged parisienne in Montmartre last April. She wasn’t happy but I walked away victorious. What can I say, we love our fabric!
 
Sarah and I are planning a lovely girl’s day out in Canterbury soon to sniff out deligthful fabric stores we know we’re missing out on. So if you have any recommendations – for either there or elsewhere in the world, we’d love to hear about it — drop us a line at buntedlifestyle@yahoo.com.
 
Stay tuned for pictures of our adventures!
 
 

Longer days and April showers

5 Apr

It’s April already, school hols just around the corner and the hint of summer in the air. I’ve lived here long enough to have developed the summer sensory ability. With this turn in our thoughts to summer come the longed for parties, bbq’s and general summeryness of long days in the garden…ahhhh such bliss.  Of course we all need bunting in the garden to enhance this divine experience so where best to go than bunted! of course.

Currently we are working on  fabulous birthday bunting themed ‘Wizard of Oz’. 3 seperate lines of 4 metres each. This is going to be one spectacular party!

We are also working on a 60th celebration bunting for a school, recycling old uniforms for the fabric. This will be unveiled at the annual summer fete in June so we will be sure to post pics for you to goggle at!

Most recently we have had a request for birthday bunting for a bbq, hey Sam! Lets get a move on!