Favourite Book Bunting

I love bunting. But lets be honest, who doesn't! Its so cute and can be so personal, and such a sweet way to fill up a large white space. 

Our nieces and nephew in sunny North Queensland are moving to the sunny Sunshine Coast (still in Queensland) and so I set to work to come up with a little housewarming presents for the kids' new rooms. I will post the girls' soon, but I wanted to share what I came up with for our the little boy. 

He is the epitome of a boys boy (at the grand old age of 4) and loves planes, trains and automobiles. I have no idea what his room is going to be like, so I didn't want to send anything too big or bulky, and so thought bunting may work, but worried that I only knew how to make girly bunting!! I thought that it would be so cool to paint a picture of a train on each bunting flag, but really, I am a terrible artist, so kept thinking. I realised that what I was actually picturing, was a Thomas the Tank Engine bunting. So that's exactly what I did. 

I went and bought a Thomas book that I liked the pictures of and set to work. 

The Thomas books have really neat binding so it was very easy to tear all the pages gently away from the seam without ripping any. I kept them in order, because this way, on the flip side, the story still remains in tact! 

I wanted the pictures to be a little bit more like bunting, but didn't want to lose half the image to create a full triangle, so made a little flag template out of a spare page, and made each page the same shape. 

Next I ironed my ribbon in half so that it would be easier to fold over the pages and sew into place. 

I pinned each one on the ribbon for spacing purposes and then started to sew. 

(I think this little fella is a bit concerned...)

Make loops out of the ribbon at each end so that they can be easily hung, and ta daaaaaaa....

I was really happy with how it turned out and really hope the little guy loves it too!

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