It’s proper spring time, the sun is shining and it feels fitting to be making proper vintage bunting for all those lazy summer celebrations on the horizon. I have bunting to make for a community celebration but I am also making it as a part of our yurt rental package. For what is a wedding without bunting I ask you!
I have a old fashioned, romantic idea of bunting that it is supposed to made out of worn out clothes and remnants not, as most bunting is made from, new ‘vintage’ fabrics. So I may have made a rod for my own back but I am attempting to make 100m of bunting out of recycled and remnant fabric. So, with a couple of old duvet covers (handily with a different print on each side) a bag of Laura Ashley offcuts and some unidentifiable bits that have been around for years I have come up with some passable pastel/vintage/boho/shabby chic bunting that may or may not look like it was made from Aunty Joyce’s second best bedding.
What do you think of the combination? I have to confess that I am not at all sure but then that may be because vintage pastel florals are really not my cup of tea. My next project is rainbow bright satin bunting, I think I will like that better. Most things that I make are grey and sludge colours but I am reliably informed that this just won’t do for summer garden parties.
This is the resident yurt maker surrounded by old duvet covers and working out the yurt bookings schedule over the summer. The flowers are one of the perks of working with weddings, that and the 30 eggs that one customer brought me this week. Do you happen to have any very eggy cake recipes that you want to share? I haven’t finished the bunting, wish me luck for the full 100m.
Thanks and see you soon, Mary x
4 thoughts on “Proper vintage bunting”
It sounds like a lot of work, but even just those shown here look lovely! I am glad, though, that fabric can be found at fabric stores that have a retro print, simply because that stuff can be hard to come by (the *actual* retro bits, I mean), for those of us that don’t really have access to anything that would count as real retro. And I think the colors and patterns you have here fit in lovely with the idea of yurt-ing! 😀
Hope the sewing machine is holding up. I have a cutting mat and a rotary cutter if that helps at all. As for the eggs – my nan used to make lemon curd and freeze them beaten up to make cakes! Jo x
Thanks Jo, the machine is great. I replaced the cheapo bobbins and since then it’s been chugging along nicely. Might take you up on the offer of the cutter! X
Bunting can be made from whatever you like, so if you don’t like florals (how can you not as part of the beauties of the natural world but well each to their own I guess – I must admit I find my friend who doesn’t like pretty things a bit strange), use fabric you do like. I’ve seen bunting that is plain, tasselled, ornate, dangled with spangles and beads, embroidered – anything and everything. All looks pretty cool in my opinion.
Vintage is just another name for old and gives validation for using it, use any scraps from anywhere or buy it new, no matter it’s all good. Bunting though is just a great thing. Yes I do like yours