Here in the UK alot of people are making rainbows to display in their windows, something bright and cheerful in these dark times. Children have drawn them, painted them, quilters have made blocks or even whole quilts. One of my friends made a length of bunting to go in the window, it looked fab!

My initial thought was that I didn’t have much in the way of rainbow colours – I don’t tend to go for bright primary colours in quilts. Then I remembered I have red and green – for Christmas! I have some yellow as Freddie at work wanted a yellow scrub hat…I must have some pink and purple and a bit of blue…

I started pulling out fat quarters from my stash, they’re not all bright, but all together I felt I had enough. The deciding factor was finding a roll of inch wide cotton tape left from last time I made bunting!

I dug out May Martin’s book which includes a quick way of making bunting, I had to adapt it as it’s meant for half yard lengths of fabric and mine were all sorts of shapes and sizes, but basically you draw on the triangles, diamond fashion, then stitch either side of the line right across the fabric, you can then just cut them up between the stitching lines. It’s certainly quick, even with a bit of dawdling I made over 50 pennants over the afternoon in about eight different colours, 16 different fabrics. Even turning them and pressing them didn’t seem to take too long. They’re not perfectly made by a long stretch, there’s joins mid triangle, my seamsceratinly weren’t overly straight, one fabric is even inside out, but when they’re fluttering in the breeze no one will notice!

Yesterday evening I stitched them all onto the tape, working my way through the colours and the different sides of the fabric. At a rough estimate I think it’s about 30m long!

This morning, feeling a little conspicuous, I went out and tied it up. It starts at our bedroom window – I looped it over the handle and then through it out! I then had to keep throwing it over the bushes to get it to where I wanted, round the telegraph pole, which conveniently has a metal bit which will stop it slipping down. It then goes across the front to the fir tree, I wish I could have got it a bit higher but that was all I could reach. I then headed back towards the house, I was hoping to get to the drainpipe but I was about 2′ short, so it’s stopped on a buddleja instead. Maybe when someone a bit taller helps (at a distance!!) I’ll be able to move everything along a bit so it will reach.

The weather even provided a good breeze to make it flutter! The neighbour opposite has already commented how much it cheered her up, in the photo you can also just see the children’s painting nextdoor – an awesome rainbow πŸ™‚ It will make my OH smile too when he gets home from work, he once admitted he loves a bit of bunting!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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23 Responses to Rainbows

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    It’s lovely, and will cheer people up on their walks no end.

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  2. Amanda says:

    It seems wrong to try and be cheerful but I really think making the effort is such a positive move! It looks fab!

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  3. What fun! I can see why it would make someone happy to see these fluttering in a breeze. So colorful and cheerful. People are doing all sorts of things to cheer one another here too. Some are putting hearts in their windows, using chalk to draw pictures and encouraging words on sidewalks and drives. Such great ideas. Yours made me smile just seeing it in photos. Cheers to you…

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  5. tialys says:

    Lovely idea Margaret.πŸ³β€πŸŒˆ

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  6. tinaor says:

    Wonderful bunting!

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  7. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Well done, Margaret❣️❣️❣️
    I’ve seen a tower or two lights, via telly news, but nothing around me.
    Perhaps a word to the mgmt office would spark something… Unfortunately, legally we’re not supposed to do much to alter the uniformity (boring) of each building. (And guess how well packages get to the right apartment… NOT. 🀨)

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  8. Laura says:

    What a fun idea! In my daughter’s neighborhood, the residents are putting toys in the windows. Yesterday was teddy bear day…the children look for them when they are on their walks. πŸ™‚

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    That is a BRILLIANT idea!

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  10. sunnydelaney says:

    I love this! There’s a “bear hunt” “safari hunt” movement here in Seattle — people put teddies or other animals in their windows for kids to spot on their walks. We’ve got a polar bear in our front window right now, and we spotted a very fine emperor penguin in a window a few streets away.

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  11. mandy currie says:

    Hello Margaret, what a great idea, such a happy sight. It reminds me of prayer flags which is something I must admit I fancy making. Regards Mandy xx

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  12. anne54 says:

    This is a great idea Margaret! I am collecting ‘actions that bring joy’ and this is going on my list.

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  13. Wonderful idea πŸ™‚

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  14. How wonderful and positive!

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  15. Sharon says:

    Absolutely great idea! Looks wonderful and cheered me up just reading about it.

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