One afternoon in the period between Christmas and New Year last year we went for tea in a cutesy little tea shop. It was all oak panelling, a roaring fire and waitresses wearing white frilly aprons and those little white headpieces I didn't think waitresses anywhere wore any more. Around the mantlepiece above the fire they had a string of Christmas bunting that I just fell in love with. I feel you can't have too many Christmas decorations, especially homemade ones. So, we went and bought some Christmassy fabric that very afternoon, and I've finally got round to making the bunting...10 months early for next Christmas!
The week after Christmas is of course a great time to go and buy anything Christmassy as you get the best prices, so I bought half a metre of four fabrics - a red one with crackers, red with little gold polka dots, green with holly and green with gold 'Merry Christmas', plus some green bias binding all super cheap.
And, after very little work, here is the finished product - perfect for going round our mantlepiece next Christmas. It was so quick and easy, and I've got so much fabric left I'll probably try and use the rest up and make some to be strung up somewhere else in the house as well.
I'm a big fan of bunting and it doesn't have to look too 'church fete' if you chose your fabrics carefully.