Flags not Flowers!

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I have been having trouble with my sweet peas this year…I’m not sure if it’s the monsoon conditions we have been having, or the fact that according to Helen Yemm the gardening writer, they should have been planted last autumn. I have never been organised, particularly when it comes to gardening, and so my sweet peas, small and slightly battered from the rain, have not yet managed to wrap themselves around my lovely new cane wigwam. Given that we are in June, I decided to make something to cover the emptiness left by my relucatant sweet peas. This bunting idea is very quick, and because you make it in small lengths, it can be assembled bit-by-bit as you find suitable fabric. First, buy a long boot lace, mine was 2 metres. These are readily available from shoe menders, and can be bought in a range of colours. Next, cut triangles from fabric using pinking shears – each triangle should be about 17cm across the base and 17cm high, measuring up the middle. Lay the boot lace flat on a table and then space the triangles evenly across the lace. Pin, then using a sewing machine, stitch along the length of the lace securing the triangles in place. Voila!..wrapped around the canes I have instant beauty and I am happy to wait for my sweet peas to gradually work their way up. For fun I have just added the butterflies – they have small magnets on the back. I used a twist of florist’s wire around the canes for them to stick to.

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Susan Penny has become one of Britain's best-loved craft writers. She has already written more than 50 books and introduced tens of thousands of readers to new craft skills and memorable projects. Many of her books, like 'Knitted Cakes', have become international best sellers. Her background is an arts graduate who has turned her love of making things into a career. After launching and editing some of the biggest and best craft magazines in the UK, Susan is now one of the most respected designers, writers and editors in the contemporary British craft scene. Susan is just as happy working with needle and thread as a crochet hook.

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