Flag Day

I must be a bit bored. I’m making bunting.

I know that lots of people are displaying rainbows in their windows, as a sign of solidarity and hope. That’s a lovely idea. Others are cheering themselves up by dressing up to put out their bins on rubbish collection day. It’s good to have signs of collective fun.

A few months ago, I’d bought in Spotlight some remnants of fabrics by their featured designer, Jocelyn Proust. It wasn’t till I got them home that I realised they were purpose-printed: one for cushion covers and one for bunting. I do love a cushion cover, and the fabric designs are lovely, so I’m good with that, but I’m not normally a bunting person, having no youngsters to decorate my house for.

However, the fabric was impossibly cute, featuring stylised Australian flowers, foliage and creatures. It was an end of roll, so I didn’t get a full set of triangles, but I managed to improvise, making shorter, longer and fatter triangles with what I had. And there they sat for a few months, looking at me reproachfully.

Yesterday, the light went on in my head and I decided to make them up to decorate my front porch cheerfully, instead of rainbows. The colours are pretty: grey, white, pale yellow, coral, rust, and bits of red, black and brown.

I’ve got my bunting flags made up. I’ve made a long band to hold them, using the same fabric as the flag backing. It isn’t terribly long, but my porch isn’t enormous, and I only have a limited number of the flags.

I’ll string the bunting up tomorrow, it’s too dark now to see properly.

Aren’t they lovely?  Rainbows are cute, but I think this is cuter!

53 thoughts on “Flag Day

  1. tialys says:

    Very cute and anything that works to cheer people up is a good thing. 🏳‍🌈

    • katechiconi says:

      I totally agree. My sister has just let us know that there’s CV in Eymet, 5km away, and that the nearest hospitals, in Bordeaux and Perigueux, are already full of sick people shipped down from the northeast…

  2. As my daughter would have said when she was 15, adorbs !!!! 🙂

  3. cazinatutu says:

    there’s a town in north Wales (Abergele) where the High Street traders are encouraging families and children to make bunting which will be stored for use to celebrate when the shops re-open – lovely idea
    in the meantime, I love your fabric and your bunting

  4. Glorious idea … my fingers have been busy too 🥰

  5. Why can you only put up bunting if there are youngsters in the house? I have yards and yards of the stuff and bring it out whenever I want to make things look festive. I have to confess it is just triangles cut out with pinking shears and sewn onto some white cotton tape but hey it’s pretty and festive and used up loads of scraps!

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    This is proper grown up bunting and I love it- cheered me up just seeing it here. Can’t wait for a picture of it in situ.

  7. Also, your bunting brings a taste of Australia to those of us outside your country – can’t wait to see a photo of them up and flapping out side your home!

  8. The fabric is totally cute! I like the bunting idea, it isn’t much used here, but I just thought, what if I make a triangle once a week or so and mail it to my 7-year-old granddaughter? I don’t think I have any cute Australian animal fabric, but I do have some nice scraps…thanks for the beginning of a meandering positive thought!

  9. Marty K says:

    Something about seeing bunting hung just warms my heart. Looking forward to a picture of your bunting up on the porch. 🙂

  10. Bunting sounds like fun, we have Teddy Bears in windows and on my front swing for “Bear Hunts”.

  11. magpiesue says:

    Those are darling prints. I think I’d still rather have them in yardage for quilts though!

    • katechiconi says:

      That’s what I thought they were, but the way the length was printed made it impossible to use that way, I’d have wasted far too much. So, bunting it is. In retrospect, too, the fabric is a little on the heavy side for quilting.

  12. I think this is a fabulous idea – and custom made bunting is even better! I also love the idea of dressing up to put the bins out 🙂 That appeals to my quirky side. I’ve begun to regret not purchasing a plastic glittery tiara I saw a while back. I felt it might be handy one day but as I couldn’t think of a good immediate reason I didn’t…….. I hope you get a chance to show us the bunting hanging and fluttering ❤

  13. Cute prints, the colours are nice and tasteful… so much Australiana is tacky. Your bunting flags are so not that. ☺

  14. anne54 says:

    I love them too, Kate. How funny that you and Margaret were making them at the same time! Looking forward to the photos.

  15. Steph says:

    Perfect! I look forward to seeing it hung up and flapping merrily in a tropical breeze!

  16. kathyreeves says:

    Those are adorable Kate!

    • katechiconi says:

      And they look nice hanging up too, although you don’t see the cute animals much. I’ll bring the string in after all this is over and hang it on the back deck or in my sewing room so I can carry on enjoying it.

  17. Moira says:

    love the bunting! hmmm, might have to think about doing that here.

  18. Joanne S says:

    What a fantabulous and happy idea! I’m enjoying looking at J. Proust’s etsy shop. What a great fabric line. Thanks for sharing. 😀

  19. Emmely says:

    They turned out great! Love those prints! I’m making bunting too. I gave textile markers to my 3 year old (not before wrapping her up in a bib-like thing with long sleeves though!) and let her have some fun with flags I had made from an old white sheet. I still need to attach them to some binding though… I am not so productive these days with 2 kids at home.

  20. What adorable fabric. I hope we’ll get a photo tomorrow.

  21. rutigt says:

    Those fabrics are so cute! Love them!!!

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