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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Scrappy Christmas Bunting and Scented Christmas Tree Decorations using scraps from the scraps)

I had almost forgot to post about my thrifty delight that is "scrappy Christmas bunting".

I was the most perfect-simple-oh-so-satisfying couple of hours I spent on the morning of Christmas Eve.

I had a fair bit of joined up jelly roll strips from the Christmas Table Runner (if you haven't yet seen it .... follow this link ... I hope you like it! I am uber proud!) so carefully snipped out some triangles and then some plain fabric in festive green.

I then whipped up 10 flags and then raided my "pretty little things" (whilst humming this tune) and added some cute little bells and charms that fell out of the most beautiful little Paperchase crackers I purchased in last years January Sales .... I knew they would come in use!

These little pretty things were tooooooo pretty to just tie on with any normal thread! I used my precious vintage roll of gold thread that I received from the lovely mum in a parcel she sent me during the Bloggy Blanket Chain (if you go and check out this post I did about it then you can follow the link to Mum's page .... she is so brilliant and does do a great job of looking after all of us bloggers!).

Anyways ..... what more fun could I be having ..... creating-Christmas-crafts!!!!


After using some lovely left over spotty red bias binding to join all the flags up I decided the wall in our kitchen could do with a little bit of jollying up .... so two tacks later (and a little help from Craig) our kitchen wall looked like it was celebrating Christmas too!


And if that wasn't enough fun for the morning!!! ..... There were scraps left from the scraps!!!

So I made lots of little triangles and made some Christmas Tree Scented Tree Decorations!

Oh so easy, oh so smelly, oh so lovely!

Firstly I got a bowl and put in Christmas smelling stuff ..... Cinnamon sticks, orange peels, mixed spice, cloves ..... etc .... your all Christmas loving peeps ..... you know the whiffs!

I mixed it together and took a sniff .... but being careful not to sniff too hard .... I didn't want to Christmas over-dose!

I then filled my little tree's with toy stuffing and and teaspoon of the smelly-stuff and then joined up the gap with a tree trunk!

These were used to wrap up little gift bags of homemade fudge to give to my guests coming in the afternoon for coffee and mince pies .... and they went down a treat!

So that was my little morning of sewing ..... ahhhhh .... it seems like so long ago ... I wish it was Christmas Eve again, everything is over so quickly when you grow up .... I guess it won't seem like a minute until the next one arrives though!

Thanks for stopping by.

Love xxxxxxxxxxx

A Tutorial on how to make bunting.

Cut long strips from various fabrics. Either all the same width (including your seam allowance) or at variant angles and widths (this is easier when your a beginner).

Join the strips by placing two pieces the right side together and sewing a hem along the long edge. Keep adding a strip until you have the correct width. Then press the seams.

Next use a template and cut out all of your flags (plus one triangle for the back - I used plain green fabric) from the new piece of stripey fabric you have just made.

Then, place your front piece and back pieces together, the right sides facing in. Go around each of the triangles on your sewing machine, leaving the straight, top edge free.

Turn all of your flags out the right way and iron them. I then trimmed the top edge as this was a little wonky now.

Arrange onto your bias binding (there are some great videos on you tube if you want to know how to use it) and then zoom up the row of flags with your sewing machine.

I then added some little trinkets on the bottom. You can add buttons on the binding in between the flags as this looks nice too.

If you want to see a crochet bunting tutorial then check out this link to one of my previous posts where I made some Happy Birthday Flags!



  1. Im so impressed you managed to get all that done in a morning!!!

    Im fascinated by these jelly rolls, but dont really know how to use them...something on my 2013 to do list I think!!


  2. I really love your little scented christmas trees - they look gorgeous and to think they were made out of yor scrappy bits is fab! :0)

  3. So festive! Yes someone hits the fast forward button once you reach adulthood! :) x

  4. So pretty and what a good way to use scraps :) xx

  5. Love your bunting - hmmm dont suppose you fancy doing a tutorial do you??? lol I fancy some bunting for my kitchen as I've got some fabric I could use (not christmassy though - lol - cos that would be odd now its over :-) ) xx

  6. I love all your Christmas creations using your Christmas material. Those little trees are wonderful.
    Love from Mum
    PS Oh -and if anyone would like to join the Bloggy Blanket Chain please get in touch. :)

  7. What a great way to use up all those scraps. Love the bunting and tree decs......xx

  8. Oooh thankyou!!! Guess what I'll be doing today - pootles off to get the sewing machine out :-) xxx

  9. That looks like a whole lot of fun - well done!
    And I can just smell all that Christmas yumminess from here :-)
    Happy new year,

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  11. You are certainly putting that sewing machine to good use. I never learned to sew and don't think I have the patience for it now. Great use of all those leftover scraps -- especially the little Christmas tree ornaments. Too cute! Best wishes for a happy, healthy new year. Tammy


Thank you so much for your comments! I always read them and will be sure to check out your blog. Kate x