An upcycled giveaway

I had an idea, for a new kind of bunting.  Keeping the theme of upcycyling, I thought why not denim?  We are always going through denim trousers, and the remaining fabric is always in good nick. So, I used some sheer fabric I have from swatches from the clothing industry, that would have otherwise been thrown away, and combined with some denim, to create a stained glass window effect.

The prototype I created had a few flaws in it, that often occur when you are trying a new idea.  But they don’t detract from the overall effect of the bunting, so I thought I would use the prototype for a giveaway prize.

So let me introduce…

denim giveaway

You will need to visit my facebook page to enter, which can be found at

Best of luck!


Turning Green

I have always had a passion for environmentally friendly action, and have had a few items within my shop that would fall within this category, such as this red riding hood bunting, made on organic cotton.

019But I recently decided that I needed to make the whole shop as eco friendly as possible.  This means a lot of restructuring.  I have a lot of fabric that simply does not fall within the remits of eco friendly, so will be holding a fabric sale in the next week or so, to sell off the larger pieces of fabric.

My focus will, therefore, now be to create items from second hand/vintage fabrics, scraps or waste fabric, or organic or fairtrade fabric. Along with some innovative uses of wool.

I have recently also been creating artwork.  Needlefelting onto a wool blanket with ethically sourced merino wool.  This has been a wonderful creative outlet, on which I would like to expand.  This piece, was recently in an exhibition for eco friendly art, in Banks Mill Studios, Derby.  beepicture

I have been able to turn some of them into blank cards, which would suit a myriad of occasions.

sunset card4I have also been creating artwork, from the small bits of yarn left over from previous handspun projects.  This woven wall hanging was inspired by the layers of earth, and has been finished off with snowflake obsidian beads.     weaving3

I have also had access to fabric that would have been destined for the bin, from the retail industry.  Using these scraps, I have been able to create various bohemian style garlands, which have proven rather popular. raggybunting5The creative floodgates are now open, as I will be creating more one off pieces, and looking at fabrics in a completely different light.

Being eco friendly, does not, of course, stop with the products.  The packaging is just as important.  So my packaging is now recycled, or biodegradable.  But I want to go one step further.  I want to work towards being a zero waste business.  I am not sure exactly how close I will be able to get, as there are things like the plastic strips from the biodegradable polybags, that I will have to contend with, and the plastic spools from spent cotton reels, but if I can work imaginatively, hopefully it will be something I can ultimately achieve.

There will be some of the previous designs still available, whilst I use up the fabrics that are not in quantities that are sellable, but I am hoping, that within the next 6 months I will be have made the change over completely to being an eco-friendly business.  My products can all be found over at my Etsy shop, but also over at , which is a wonderful gateway to products all with an eco-friendly quality.

Getting all patriotic

I can’t believe I haven’t done this before.  I mean, bunting is flags, and flags, more often than not are used to represent a country.  It all started with a chance comment in a new vintage store in my local town.  I popped in to see what it was like, and mentioned if they ever needed any bunting, then to give me a call.  No sooner had I walked a few hundred yards, than I get a call to kit them out with lots of union jack bunting to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE day.  So I was making jumbo bunting to be hung outside, normal sized bunting for inside, mini bunting to go over doors, and a vintage style bunting for the café.  These can now be ordered from my Etsy store

unionjackmedleyFor a long time now, when I have been making a nautical bunting which has included the “M” flag, I have thought of Scotland, and the Saltire.  So I thought it was about time I actually made a Scottish banner.  There is no reason that I couldn’t reproduce other national flags too, as long as they are not too complicated, as that would push the price too high.  So the Irish flag, France, Germany, Italy, flags that do not have logos on, I could recreate in a banner.  All you have to do is ask.  In the meantime, to purchase a Scottish banner you can click here.

scottishFinally, my newest addition to the store, is some American themed bunting, which would be perfect for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations on July 4th.  The printed fabric depicts the American flag, along with home and hearts.

This is now available to purchase here.



A new range and a giveaway

For a long time now, when I have been making one of the many nautical buntings, I’ve thought it would be a good idea to make some cushion covers to go with these.  So, finally I got around to having a bit of a play.  I decided to see if I could get the “A” cushion correct, as this would be the most complicated, with having to make a square cushion out of a non square flag.  I figured it out with a bit of experimenting, and the end result was very pleasing.  If you click on the picture it should take you through to my Etsy shop.

nauticalcushion3Why stop there though?  I have a whole range of buntings, many for children’s rooms, where a co-ordination cushion may well look rather sweet, so I made some more, still patchwork, and all with an envelope closure at the back, so there was no zips to catch on.  (cushions are invariably thrown around by young children, or is that just my children?)

So we have a cushion for the jungle bunting

junglecushion4The cushion which goes with the unicorn bunting


The cushion to go with the ever popular zoo bunting


And a new cushion to go with a new bunting, using the wonderful Westfalenstoffe cotton fabrics.

duckcushion3duck4So to celebrate this new range, which will continue to expand.  I am holding a bit of a giveaway over on Facebook.  All you have to do is have a look through my shop, and tell me in the comments on Facebook what your favourite item is.  The winner will win this fantastic Mickey Mouse banner, cushion and toy bag.

mickey compilation


Geek fest

Recently there has been a bit of a theme to the bunting I have been producing.  A bit of a geek theme.  It all started with some weather front bunting.  I’d been looking at the weather forecast, and it struck me that the fronts on the maps looked like bunting.  It had then been at the back of my mind for a while, and it got to a point where I just HAD to make it!  It’s made out of ripstop fabric, which makes it weather proof too!  It can be seen in full over on Etsy.

weather bunting

It then progressed onto the geekiness of computers.  Finding this keyboard fabric as a discontinued remnant made it even more alluring to make, knowing that this would be my only chance.  Combined with circuit board fabric just compounds the geek factor!  When my sons saw the bunting, they wanted it there and then, but I have denied them this for now, and put it for sale in the shop.


Finally I found this fantastic range of fabrics by Robert Kaufman. It immediately appealed to my inner geek, and again I just couldn’t let it sit in my stash for too long, before turning it into this bunting, which is already proving very popular.


I think I have got the geekiness out of my system for now, but if I find some more brilliant fabrics that appeal to that side of me, you can be assured that I will get creating with more geeky bunting.


A TV campaign

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At the beginning of May a call went out for people to apply to be in Etsy’s first ever UK tv advert.  After some logistical considerations, I applied, and then didn’t think too much of it afterwards.

To my utter amazement, I was selected along with my bunting (and 60 odd other Etsy sellers).  So a beautiful sunny Wednesday in mid May I found myself sat on a train with lots of business commuters, speeding my way to London.

The day was amazing, if exhausting!  A fantastic insight into advert production and the work that goes into making a 30 second advert!  I met lots of wonderful Etsy sellers, all of who were equally as passionate about handmade.  If you click on the icon below, you will be able to see some of their wonderful products.


You can get a feel for the day of filming itself through this behind the scenes footage that has been produced.

The advert itself is now live, and can be seen over the next three weeks on Channel 4 and Sky channels.  But in case you don’t catch it on the telly, it is also on you tube  Look out for the bunting ;)



Because summer is always unpredictable!

Certainly in the UK, where we are based, summer is always a pretty unpredictable affair.  We can get a spell of dry weather where we are crying out for rain, or we can have the wettest weather imaginable, where we are crying out for it to just stop raining!  So, for those times (that can sometimes seem so very rare) we have waterproof bunting.  It will bring colour to your garden even on the greyest of days, and when the sun does shine through, you already have decorations up for when you get the barbeque out!

All the bunting flags are made from ripstop fabric, which is a nylon fabric used to make kites and tents.

We have a budget range of plain coloured flags, flag costing £1.  We have this in rainbow colours

003… and neon.  As the plain ripstop fabric is the same both sides, each flag is a single piece of fabric, which is what makes it that bit cheaper.

002The other range is also double sided, but the patterned fabric is not double sided, so two pieces of fabric are required to make the reversible effect.  And to maintain continuity, this is repeated with the plain ripstop.


There is floral with red and yellow flags…

007…and butterfly and flowers with blue and pink fabric.  Each of these is £2 a flag.


Custom orders are, as ever, always welcome.  And there is plenty of fabric to make some long lengths of bunting should they be required.  And although we are armed with waterproof bunting, here’s hoping we have a wonderfully sunny summer.

Season bunting

As it is Easter Sunday (just about) I guess this is a good time to introduce the seasonal bunting that I create.  These are usually created as mini buntings, but can be created as larger 2.5m buntings too.  I currently have all seasons catered for, although some designs may change over time, according to fabrics and inspiration.  Inspiration comes through a combination of the natural world, and the fabrics I find.

Spring has seen two different buntings.  The original was this 2.5m bunting, but once it sold I had to create an alternative, as I couldn’t get the fabric anymore.005So I then came up with this mini bunting, which currently for sale here.  Which features a bluebell, a birds nest, a daffodil, and tree in blossom.


Moving onto summer there is a lovely 2.5m bunting, which would be beautiful for a garden party, or even just to brighten up a house.  It features a butterfly, some flowers on a vine, a stylised sun, and a tree in fruit.  It is a one off bunting, and is available for purchase here.


Autumn brings some beautiful warm tones, with hand dyed fabric, and a pumpkin, mushrooms, a hedgehog, and tree losing it’s leaves.  This is a mini bunting, which would look lovely hanging over a mantle piece as the nights draw in, and can be ordered here.016Finally, Winter.  I created a “snow” bunting, with beautiful ice blue fabric, and cute little snowmen on the end flags.


Whilst the original is still for sale, it has inspired a commission for a bunting spelling out “let it snow”


I am always open to commissions or suggestions for a seasonal bunting, if you have an idea you would like me to create, please contact me.

Most popular

002I seem to spend most of my time making nautical bunting.  Following the maritime signal flags I create patchwork flags to create a personalised bunting, spelling out whatever the customer wants.  Since making the first one around this time last year, I have made 33 nautical buntings, ranging from 4  18cm square flags through to the complete alphabet in large 30cm square flags. This was the largest bunting I have made to date, measuring over 13m in length.  It was hard to get a photo of it, but you can just about get a sense of it in this photo.


The wonderful thing about taking on custom orders, is that you get to make things that you would never thought of making.  Such as switching colours on the nautical flags to co-ordinate with a room, hence this banner I made for a child’s nursery.


I have had to make some changes to the original design, such as changing the rope colour, as the original red colour, could not be sourced any more, and once I had used the 50m of it up, I had to find an alternative.  So now they are made with a hemp rope in natural colour.

This seems to be a very versatile bunting, being used in a wide variety of places, from boat clubs and boats, to babies nurseries, from weddings to housewarming gifts.  The one that has made me smile the most though, was the request for a bunting spelling out nerds.  I had visions of all these people trying to work out what it said, and then laughing when they realised!

Your own nautical bunting can be ordered here.




I’m back


Thank you to my wonderful technical support (aka as my husband) I can now show you all the wonderful buntings I have been busy making over the 6 months I have been not updating the site.  So prepare to be bombarded over the next few days with plenty of buntings, along with some knitting and crochet, and even some embroidery.

The most recent bunting was 6m of rainbow bunting. I was pleased to be able to use this as an excuse to update my pictures of this, as my photography skills have improved since the first rainbow bunting I made, back in the early days.  I still have plenty of material  left, for more orders should anyone want any, and can provide lengths from 1.5m through to 6m or beyond if so required, it can be ordered here.