This summer I visited my very good friend for another holiday in beautiful Suffolk. As in previous years we got to spend a day sewing with lovely Gillian.
If you’re ever in the area see if she has a class going, it’s the very best way to spend the day!
I didn’t go to the class with a fully formed plan but I knew I wanted to make some bunting for a new baby, not due until September but with a name already planned.
So I decided to do some baby bunting, I knew I didn’t want the usual triangles so I looked through Pinterest for inspiration, I decided on the elephant – can’t remember if it was before or after I saw this gorgeous material – very Elmer-esh don’t you think?
So here’s what I did ,,
First thing was to drawer the elephant…
Once I had the right shape – Gillian advised on a good shape for cutting and sewing and turning etc…
Five elephants were cut out, with a lovely heart patterned fabric for the back and the ears, plus the letters.
I stitched them together and added the letters for IVY on the three middle elephants.
As you can see I used fabric bonding for the letters and then stitched in blanket stitch with embroidery silk around the letters. I plaited together some of this same silk for tails and added a little bead at the end.
Using the same heart fabric I made the strip for the elephants to be stitched to for hanging. These googly eyes are not for young children, this bunting is not a toy.
Here they are – hopefully baby Ivy (or more importantly her mum!) will like them.
So, what did I learn? Well, if you’re using a pattern with hearts all the same way up – check you’re using it the right way – I had to re-attach the elephants to the tape and had to re-cut a couple of ears… luckily I had sufficient material.
Thanks for reading,
back next week