april challenge: how was it for you?

I was supposed to post this yesterday when it was still April. But I didn’t, mostly because I was feeling a bit under the weather and I had an early night instead. You’ll be glad to know I am feeling a gazillion percent better today so now you can all find out the results of my April challenge. I know you will have all been on tenterhooks…

Anyhoo, way back at the beginning of April I set myself the challenge of learning to sew. I hunted around for some easy sewing patterns/tutorials. Then I got a bit scared what with all the technical jargon, so I asked twitter instead. Several people suggested bunting. Our bunting in the garden was old and faded, so I decided that I should do it. Also, given that bunting is not worn, and ours will go in the garden, it doesn’t need to be perfect, and is therefore an ideal first project.

A couple of Saturdays ago when Mr TOPP was working, the M’s and I headed off to the charity shops to source fabric. I decided we would hunt down some red, white and blue stuff to chop up for our bunting. We came home with a t- shirt and two shirts. A friend at school also donated an old red t-shirt.

There are loads of tutorials and videos on t’interweb. I used this tutorial which was really easy to follow.

I chose not to do one long string of bunting, instead I made three 2m long. These are just long enough to fit a fence panel. It’s almost as if I planned it. I didn’t.

We are now ready for summer. Whenever it deigns to show up.


And now it’s over to you. How did you get on with your personal challenge for April? Link up and let us know.

Want to join in? Come back tomorrow with your personal challenge for May.


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