A Space To Make: At Home. Activity #10
- 4th May 2020
- Posted by: Ami Lowman
- Category: Get Involved
Hey…. Thanks for stopping by to check out this creative activity suggestion to try at home… It’s a simple one today, but so effective and with a LOT of creative potential… I look forward to seeing photographs of your creations!
What you’ll need:
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To start you want to gather a selection of plain and patterned paper / card…. If you’re making some inspired by VE Day you may want to focus on red, white and blue but I also think vintage / sepia toned old photos, sheet music, newspaper etc is also lovey. You could even print off Union Jacks or Wartime / vintage imagery!
Once you’ve got a good stash you can start cutting out your shapes, either by hand (using paper scissors) or by using a shaped hole punch. If cutting by hand don’t worry if they’re not all identical…. its doesn’t matter. You’ll want to decide what shape / style you’re gong to do and if that effects the orientation of your paper (i.e., does it have to go a certain way up.
Cut enough shapes for the length of bunting you want to make… I’d then suggest putting them into an order to ensure a good mix of colours / prints etc (so you don’t end up with 4 reds in a row for example!!)
Then you’re going to want to get your sewing machine. Thread it up with a bobbin and top thread (I used red) Then you’re ready to start sewing… Figure out the way your bunting is going to be hung (vertical / horizontal) so you know where you need to stitch and grab your first shape. Pop it under the sewing foot, lower that down and bring the needle down too. Make sure you’ve left a good ‘tail’ of thread as you’ll use this to tie it up with!
Start sewing a straight stitch from one side to the other. when you get to the edge, pause and grab the next shape… pulling the first shape from the back allow a few stitches without anything underfoot then gently feed in the second shape. Repeat the process with all your shapes using the ones at the back to help pull the front shapes through.
Once they’re all sewn on leave another long tail and then cut the thread off. I didn’t do this on the video but I’d recommend knotting off the loose ends and tying them together to create a loop which you can hang it from.
If you want to do a 3D design, sew together multiple layers of paper/card and when they’re all sewn together fan the different shapes out to make them 3-Dimensional!
Have fun with this as the possibilities are endless… you could add words, personalise it…. I hope you make some and if you do, don’t forget to share the results with us!
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