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The Perfect Touch – Emma’s Wedding Bunting

14 Aug

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Sometimes, when you run a small business like ours, you’ll find yourself up sewing until midnight every night for weeks, getting an order finished. You’ll find yourself drinking too much caffeine, or stabbing yourself with a pin one too many times.

You’ll find yourself wondering why you ever thought it was a good idea to start this whole thing. You might think to yourself that you should be sleeping right now, but you’re not. You’ll finish the order, you’ll ship it, and the satisfaction of achieving something will slightly dim the stress. It takes the edge off, at least.

If you’re lucky, sometime soon after, you’ll get an email through with pictures like these attached, and a little note from your customer just like this:

I just wanted to send you a couple of pictures to show you how beautiful the bunting looked at the wedding – so many people commented on it as it has never been used at the hotel before. it really made the room, so thank you so much for creating it.

Emma x

Suddenly you remember what it is about this job that you love. You get to help people make the memories they want. That makes the pin stabs, the caffeine shakes and the sleepless nights definitely worth it.

Heartfelt congratulations Emma, it looks beautiful. All the best for your brand new marriage, and thank you for letting bunted! be a part of it!

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

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!

Thomas!

17 May

bunted! HQ were in receipt of the most charming London fabric, and just in time for an order for some delightful bunting for a little chap named Thomas. Take a look!

Wahey! That's some fine bunting right there!

So wee! Wee soldiers, wee union flags and wee Big Bens. Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!

What do you think? The fabric was heaven to work with (although the applique was a bit of a challenge!), but all in all, I think it’s another win for bunted!

May-be baby

13 May

Here’s a couple of the projects that we’ve been working on in May over at bunted! HQ.

made for a special little Finnish girl!

I adore the Regency Floral fabric, definitely one of my favourites. Makes me come all over a bit Jane Austen-y, desirous of cakes and tea and good company. An absolute dream to work with too!

Polka dot bunting made out of a duvet cover!

I think this is great. This was a Sarah project, and she magicked 4.5 metres of bunting out of left over fabric from a duvet cover that she made a hanging tent out of! Honestly! She must have been wearing creative pants.

We’re now putting the finishing touches on some lovely uber-girly bunting for one little miss, and the straight on to some Christening bunting for twins! Holy sheesh kebab!

Summer is on her way peeps, she called me just yesterday and told me that herself. We all know that nothing makes her happier that a good dose of bunting. So get to it!!

Time to get your bunt on…

4 May

Over here at bunted! we’re gearing up for a rather busy Summer busy. School fetes, special orders and crafts fairs are all happening, and happening soon! If it wasn’t sew (ha!) exciting I’d say it’s all simply too much dahhhling and I simply must have a Pimms to get me through the day. Luckily I’m the hardworking sort and as it’s all so much fun we’ll just get down to it!

We’re now updating regularly here at WordPress, but we’ve also started a Facebook page (like it, you know you want to!) and we’re tweeting our bunts off as @buntedbybunting. What fun!

Do stop by and introduce yourself  – we’d be happy discuss all sorts of wild and wonderful plans for bunting! I’m already dreaming up plans for some psychedelic Union Jack bunting for next year’s Diamond Jubilee……hmmm.

Pip pip and cheerio as they say!

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!