Friday, September 14, 2007

Birthday bunting

I wanted to show you the two sets of birthday bunting (or penants) I made for my two nieces children this summer. I had to wait until they showed up as both ended up very long in the mailman's hands. The second set took forever to arrive. In both cases, it missed the birthdays they were intended for but there is always next year.

These are easy to make and fun to use for any occassion. Even a garden party would be a perfect reason to hang them. I made one with bright colors for Haali and Mitchell and pink for little Zoe. You simply cut the triangles with pinking shears (I have a special blade for my rotary cutter) and then sew them into a piece of bias binding. The nice thing is you fold them up and put them away when not in use and iron them to hang well when you need them again. It is a Dutch tradition to hang plastic or paper bunting criss~cross over the living room at any birthday but I think fabric ones are much nicer.

The first photo was taken at our little cottage up north which is where I am off to right now. We are going to work this weekend on the fencing which hopefully will be finished. You can see the work on my other blog if you are interested. I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Nancy said...

I like this idea of the bunting, and it looks festive and fun. Do the Dutch people hang these for other holidays or just birthdays?

Karen said...

Heidi - that bunting is so cute and what a thoughtful gift.

Your cottage looks so welcoming and inviting. It would be lovely to sit in your garden area and stitch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Hugs- Karen

Anonymous said...

Your bunting looks so pretty hanging up outside your cottage. it is really chic! It's such a festive way to dress up a patio. Wouldn't Christmas fabrics make a wonderful Christmas banner!
You are so thoughtful, you are always making something special for someone :>)
Hugs, Angela

Tanya Willis Anderson said...

Hi Heidi,
I love this tradition - how fun! Looks so charming.


Kristen said...

I love this! I know that the kids are excited to use it as well! We all thought of the scene in Swiss Family Robinson where they were having the races with the animals. It is beautiful and fun! Thanks so much for it!

Anonymous said...

I am happy to see the banners I had
been hearing so much about.
You are a good Aunt and Great Aunt.
Love you, Mom