I made my sister a Happy Birthday bunting banner that I hope will fit just right on her living room curtain rod about a sliding glass door. I delivered it today and my brother-in-law will hang it before he goes to bed.
I'm happy with how this turned out. I meant to make this for her last year when everyone on the web was making buntings. I even bought a bunch of fat quarters in primary colors. I was going to paint on the letters. I'm glad I didn't get around to it because I like this a lot.
I hand sewed the letters to the front flags before I sewed them with the back. I used 1 inch double-folded bias tape to hold it together. There are snaps at each end to loop it around the curtain rod. I hope it fits. I tend to make things too big. I'm hoping for about a 10" sag in the middle. If it hangs lower than that I might have to make a tie in the middle. Fingers crossed.
Sis likes the blue and brown combination that has been popular the last few years. Plus I didn't want to make it too girly so she can hang it for everyone's b-days.
Mom used the same mylar Happy Birthday banner for about 20 years. Taped across the kitchen doorway it was an institution in itself. Sis used it for a while for her boys, but it disappeared a while ago. Hopefully this will last for the next 20 years. (Oh man, if she hates it she'll have to use it anyways or hurt my feelings. I'm pretty sure she'll like it. Crap.)
I'm so glad this didn't get pushed off another year. I have quite a backlog of unfinished presents for Sis. I'm toying with the idea of not starting any new projects until I've finished all my unfinished projects and used supplies bought for projects never started. While I want to get things completed, the task seems enormous. I might also have to admit I'm never going to finish certain things.
I realized tonight that while I truly hope Sis will love it, I've got some expectations of my own. I want her to love it and tell me how much. I want praise and lots of it. This is not good. This is not why I made it. Expectations are just resentments waiting to happen. I need to let the selfishness of that go. Hopefully writing it here is enough, or I've just exposed my ego to no purpose. (Yep, it's always all about me. Damn it.)
Here is the whole set on Flickr or just click any of the photos above. I hope to get a shot of it in situ later this week.