​Pretty Garden Bunting (Fast method)

I love bunting and have bought and made lots over the past over the past few years. I’ve got it down to an art form of making it quickly and cheaply.  You can spend a fortune now for such a simple item.
– Scraps of pretty material
– Wonderweb (magic iron on tape)
– Long piece of ribbon or elastic
– Iron or even hair straighteners
– Scissors
1. Folder your material in half and iron/flat iron so there is a crease
2. Cut into triangle shapes leaving the crease at the top of the triangle (so the ribbon/elastic can be thread through it)
3. Cut a square and a triangle of iron on tape and iron onto the inside of one of the triangles
4. Peel off the other side and place the triangle at the point of the ribbon/elastic you want it and folder the other half over. Iron over to stick together
5. Repeat until you have the length of bunting you need
6. If you fabric frays a lot you can hem in the edges either with iron on tape; sew or even use pinking shears (the serrated edge scissors) to make neat
You can use pretty much any fabric you like. A nice touch for outdoor bunting is to use oil cloth as it’s waterproof but to be honest I’ve had lots of normal fabric out in all weathers and it looks great for an entire year.

Making a Picnic Basket

Making a Picnic Basket
For Christmas we received a lovely hamper of sweets and chocolates. It came in a picnic basket which is really sturdy and I’ve always wanted one of those traditional picnic hampers.
By way of priority in making sure this was a good and usable idea I grabbed a bottle of nice wine from the wine rack to make sure it would fit and therefore I wouldn’t end up with a picnic basket I wouldn’t use. It fitted! So the next thing on the list was to ‘Google’ baskets I liked the look of and I really like ‘Cath Kidston’ or inspired by floral prints. I didn’t think it was a practical idea to use some of the pretty fabric scraps I had in the house because just one spill of food or wine would run the basket so I found an old oil cloth tablecloth that had torn so was perfect for cutting up. I think I got the table cloth from ‘eBay’ where you can buy them by the meter for a few pounds.
Next I ran around the house collecting up plastic plates; cutlery; salt n pepper shakers, bottle stoppers and glasses I would like in the basket. I made sure they would fit and looked on ‘Pinterest’ at house those baskets normally look. I then grabbed a piece of A4 card and stuck the oil cloth around it (use Superglue or really strong glue) so I’d have a sturdy lid insert cover. I then glued the oil cloth to inside of the basket and made some little cup holders to keep my cups in place.
On the insert cover lid I placed my plates and cutlery where I’d like to sit and used a craft knife to make slits down each side. I inserted elastic (the basic stuff you buy to put in clothes) and tied and glued it around the back. Finally I used my trusty staple gun to attach the insert cover lid to the lid of the basket.
I’m really pleased with result and it cost me nothing than recycling old materials. Happy Summer Picnics for me!

Pom Poms for Molly Moo Cat

As promised earlier in the week I said I’d share some of my crafting activities for Molly Moo Cat.

I was taught how to make pom poms by my mum when I very little but not until fairly recently that they came back into fashion. I’ve seen little plastic tools in shops you can buy now to make them but I’ve never tried them.
The traditional method is to get some plain flat card such as the back of a cereral box. Cut in half to make double the thickness. Place on a flat surface and draw around something round such as a wine glass or bowl cut a circular shape. This will be the size of your pom pom. Place a smaller circle such as an egg cup in the centre and draw around. Cut out the two rings of cards. This is your base.
Grab a ball of wool and cut into long strips. I use the wool that is made up of rainbow colours so you get a mix of colours. Tie a piece of wool around the each or the ring and then loop the wool through the centre and around the outside and then repeat over and over. The aim is to cover the rings with wool until there is no more room in the centre circle. Keeping the wool in strips means you can squeeze the residual wool through the centre hole. image2
Once it’s full up grab some scissors and cut around the edge of the card pushing the scissors between the two rings. Do it carefully and keep the card together. Grab an extra piece of wool and wrap it around the card between the two pieces where you just cut and tie in a tight knot. Therefore, you have tied all the pieces together. You can now remove the cards and fluff up the pom pom into a nice round shape. Use some scissors to cut off any extra fluffy bits and make the pom pom really round.
Now technically pom poms made of wool are not meant for cats so you really shouldn’t let them eat the wool but my cat loves to play with them and push them around. It’s a good tip to leave the last wrap around piece really long as you can dangle the pom pom from their scratching post or any other fun spot.
Repeat until you have a house full of pom poms and a happy cat…


Pretty Bunting

Bunting is one of the easiest and simplest crafts to do and if you really don’t like sewing you can do it with iron on magic tape or even glue. Bunting is also super fashionable at the moment and can cost anything from a few pounds to a lot of money per “flag” on some websites (http://www.ebay.co.uk/).

I use bunting everywhere from in my lounge to give it a shabby chic look; to the on the garden fence and I have certain sets I bring out for parties such as a Baby Shower version or Birthday party version. If you make them out of nice fabric, they last for ages.

The cheapest way I find to make bunting is to either go through your old clothes/bedding pile pulling out any nice prints or buy a bundle of fabric scraps from an online site. I also buy a bundle of ribbons or just one nice long ribbon that you can use for multiple projects.


Cut the fabric into triangle shapes placing two back to back (print on the inside). Over lap the two straight sides and hand or machine stitch the edges leaving a little hole at the top straight side to be able to turn the triangles inside out again. Once the right way around iron and repeat the process until you have as many as you want. Place the triangle against a long string of ribbon and sew each triangle to the ribbon.


If you don’t feel like sewing you can iron on that magic tape and it will give you some nice creases but do try to sew the triangles to the ribbon as they will fall off over time if you don’t. Another idea is to use the scissors that have a serrated edge.

Some sources of fabric and ribbon to buy to get started:

Fabric bundles