Balloon Bunting ~ Sewing For Me
This weekend I have been like a mad woman cleaning and sprucing up the place, I got the Spring Cleaning bug!
I did tons of laundry, washed walls, took down curtains, turned mattresses, sorted out piles of toys and clothes for donation, rearranged rooms and even sorted out some of my craft stash, phew!
After all that I was itching to do something for myself, so I sat down and did a little sewing.
You know about my love for all things bunting, but I haven’t really mentioned I also love balloons, there is just something about them that reminds me of being a kid, even as a big kid I still love balloons.
I even used one as ID to gain entry to a bar on my 21st! Yep, the doorman asked if I had any ID, I replied ‘Yes, my balloon’ and swanned off into the club my helium filled balloon trailing behind me, in my defence, the balloon did have ‘Happy 21st Birthday’ on it.
Anyway, I decided to combine my loves of bunting and balloons into balloon bunting.
I raided my stash of scrap fabrics for this little sewing project, and sewed up a bunch of patches.
Using a balloon template I drew and cut out a whole bunch of balloons.
I then folded some cotton tape in half and ironed it.
I had a whole bunch which my darling boys had unravelled, so I decided to just iron the lot, I make enough bunting that I would use it eventually, to keep it all nice and neat, I wrapped it round my ruler, stick a pin in it and its safe and secure for next time I use it.
Once my tape was ready, I used my sewing machine to sew each balloon to the tape.
I only did a few stitches along the top of each balloon.
After I had sewn 20 or so balloons onto the tape I needed to attach strings to each balloon, I decided to use ric rac, loved how it looked on the banner I made for my kiddos birthday.
I really could not be bothered with sewing each individual piece of ric rac, so I grabbed a bunch of brads.
I pierced a piece of ric rac with a brad and then pierced the brad through the fabric balloon, at the base where you would usually tie the string, I opened up each brad to secure the ric rac to the fabric.
Once all the pieces of ric rac were attached, I snipped off any stray pieces of cotton, gave it an iron and then hung it up on the wall.
I put it up in the craft / playroom, I think it looks good above the pinwheels, now I’m wondering what other types of bunting I could do!
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