Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Baby bunting


UPDATE: click here for a tutorial on how to make your own recycled picture book bunting!

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My love of bunting seems to have suspiciously coincided with its resurgence in popularity. Funny how that often happens. I've seen some gorgeous offerings on Etsy and Made It but I always felt I wanted something a bit more personalised, plus I wanted to make it myself. The fact that I can't sew to save my life, nor do I own a sewing machine proved a small barrier to making what I was after. My epiphany came when I stumbled across this blog post by We Heart Books. I then did a bit of a search and found this stunning one by Geninne, a favourite illustrator of mine.

I scoured my local op shop for suitable books. The idea of cutting up any of the gorgeous old books I found pained me, but I eventually found a copy of Seven Little Australians which was the right size and had illustrations which would suit the look I wanted, but wasn't really in good enough condition to keep. I felt a pang of guilt when the woman at the counter gushed over the book when I purchased it but I stayed single-minded in my decision to butcher it.

I purchased some cheap twine and set about cutting up the pages with the best illustration coverage, using a stencil I'd made from the first flag I cut.

Then it was a simple matter of gluing and folding the top of the flags over the twine at even intervals. I knew I wanted it to hang flush against a wall so I didn't bother with making both sides presentable.


I think it looks pretty cute. It hangs above the cot where I'm reluctant to hang glass frames and putting canvas artworks there might be a bit of overkill seeing as I have a picture feature wall on the adjacent wall.

There's one thing I'd still like to make – a cloud mobile out of foam sheets. I might get it done before bub's arrival or I might not...we'll see!