Here is a bit of a blurry pic of the bar area, we took it when we were first looking around our venue and I was a bit too excited to take proper ones.
It's not too bad, but it could really do with something to make it a bit more special. We have some plans that involve something to the star garlands I made at Christmas to hang from the stairs and the bunting was great as it could use a whole load of fabric scraps we had kicking about the flat.
We decided to make the bunting say Akwabaa which means welcome in Ghanaian and also 25513 for our wedding date. We printed off letters to use as a template, which made a massive difference when it came to cutting out the letters.
I used some left over scraps from our table runner material and also an old skirt that I got made in Ghana a few years ago but no longer like. I pinned the paper letters onto the material and cut them out from there, in my dressing gown .... keeping it real!
The triangles for the bunting was just plain lilac cotton I picked up from the local material shop. I decided on the right size and cut a template from paper to use to make them all the same. The next step was to pin the letters and numbers onto the lilac triangles and then sew them on.
Once all the letters and numbers were on I pinned and sewed a matching plain lilac triangle onto the existing ones right sides touching and then trimmed the seams and turned inside out so that I had a neat triangle and you can't see the stitching from the numbers/letters on the back of the bunting. At this point it looked like this.
So then all that was left was attaching them all to the bias binding, I folded the binding in half and slipped the triangles into the fold and pinned. I left a bit of binding either side to use to hang the bunting by, this I also pinned and sewed in half, like this.
I found this bit the most difficult part, it was really tough to keep the binding on evenly and the triangles inside. I found with the second set of bunting it really helped to sew the binding in half so that the fold was in place. Here is what it looked like all laid out and ready to be sewn.
I wizzed along the binding with my sewing machine, and checked that both sides had been caught, I went over any sections which had come loose and bada bing bada boom I was done and very happy with my efforts.
I did the same all over again with the numbers except with slightly different binding, and here are the finished results.
We now just need to think of the best place to put them, from the stairs or on the bar.... what do you think?