Today is the last day of our 'Hip Hip Hooray for holidays' series. I really hope you've enjoyed playing along, it's been a lot of fun creating all of the projects for you all.
My final project is actually something that needs an entire year for commitment. Eek - I hear you say, but really all of the preparation is done in a morning or afternoon and then a quick 5 minutes, just once a month for the full year. Then, at the end of the year you've created a beautiful memory banner of your year.
The hardest bit was photographing the bunting - why is bunting so hard to photograph? Plus it was a pretty dreary day here yesterday, so please excuse the darkish photos.
So, basically you whip up an easy peasy bunting for each month in the year. Then you add an extra flap of plain fabric on each triangle to use for recording a memory or experience every month. Your little one can draw on their picture and then pop it back on the wall until the next month rolls around.
Here's the material list:
♥ Lightly coloured plain fabric
♥ Patterned/colourful fabric
♥ A couple of metres of bias binding (or ribbon/fabric strip)
♥ Sewing machine (for Mama use - unless your little one wants to sew)
♥ Pinking shear scissors (optional) & pins
Let's get started!
Step 1: To begin with you need to sew up a basic banner to use as your background. Mine is just a set of simple triangles (x12) of fabric (cut out with pinking shear scissors) and then sewn together at the top with bias binding. You could also use ribbon or fabric strips at the top, instead of the bias.
Step 2: Draw up a template (half circle) that fits nicely on the triangle - cut out 12. We used pinking shears to eliminate fraying.
Step 3: Write the month and year on each piece of memory fabric and have your little one draw on a memory for January. Bella really wanted to record her new Blythe doll (Emily-Jane) for January, even though she received her for Christmas in December - so we just went with the flow :)
Step 4: Pin each memory banner onto the bunting and machine stitch along the top to hold.
Step 5: Hang up the bunting and enjoy!
Make sure you pop over to Tamar's blog to see her final project too. It's been so fun and we've both really loved sharing these projects with you. I know my Bella has thoroughly enjoyed creating lots of different goodies in the holidays too.
I'll be sharing a few more projects on here tonight that some lovely little people have created using our tutorials, so please pop back this evening.
See you then xoxo