Making Our Own (Monster) Teddy

Making Our Own Monster Teddy

My son’s school has got a really sensible policy of not letting you send your child back to school until 48 hours after any sickness bug. I love this rule, it means that we have an extra day at home during term time when Theo doesn’t feel poorly any more, but he’s not allowed back to school. We had one of those today and he had the great idea of making a teddy.

He carefully designed his teddy and cut it out and went through my bag of scrap material to decide which body parts would be in which materials. The result is a slightly Frankenstein-esque teddy, but he’s certainly unique and Theo adores him. I have to say I’m quite surprised with how nice he turned out too, and it’s great to use that sewing machine that I went mad to have about 10 years ago and have only used once to make bunting last summer.  Continue reading

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Making my own bunting

How to make your own bunting

I’ve always loved bunting – it makes any room look instantly ready for a party, looks super pretty and the great thing is how simple it is to make. I ran mine up in less than an hour using 4 different pieces of leftover material (2 lots of old curtain material and some cheap cotton fabric) and a sewing machine. If you haven’t got a sewing machine, don’t worry you can either do it by hand (although that would be a bit of a hassle) or use self-adhesive bias binding and just iron it all together!

I used this bunting template to cut out lots of triangles from 4 different patterns of material and then just sewed them onto the bias binding in an alternating pattern.

You will  need:

  • Scraps of fabric and thread
  • Scissors
  • Bias binding (approx 2cm in width)

How to make your own bunting