Our AMAZING Craft Fair

Sophie's Christmas Fair

Last Sunday, a few friends and I welcomed 28 vendors and over 450 visitors to our Christmas fair. The fair was held in memories of a dear friend to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.

This was the reason I went MIA on blog land.

The idea of the fair came up earlier in the year, but, for whatever reason (I forgot) it wasn’t until the end of October that we decided to go for it. With the (iron hand) leadership of my (OCD) friend (if you’re reading this, you know I love ya), we managed to pull everything together in about six weeks! We donated almost £2000 to the charity (that’s around $3,200) and couldn’t be happier!!

I didn’t sell anything (although after seeing all the stalls, I am tempted to do a stall of a hodge podge of things next year) but we all pitched in and made a few huge snowflakes and I made glue gun bunting.

You’re probably now oooohing and aaaahing about the snowflakes. That’s ok, everybody did! And wondering how it was made. Super easy! Watch this YouTube video and if you have all the supplies (paper, scissors, tape and staples), you’ll have a gigantic paper snowflake in 20 minutes time!

Oh, don’t forget the wine!!

Bunting details: All I did was cut fabric, adhere fabric to twine using a glue gun and I just estimated a 3-4″ distance between each banner. Total length? I don’t know. I just know I had about 21 banners per bunting. I honestly got lucky on the length. I didn’t measure the hall we were using. I just new I needed three of them. I also would have sewed instead of gluing if my machine wasn’t broken. I dunno, just left less crafty using the glue gun {*SMILES*}. A completely personal issue!

For the banner, I didn’t have an example to go by. I just freehand cut a triangle on a piece of paper for my patter. But if you need a place to start, you can download this banner template. My banner was about 6″ tall and 5″ wide.

I cut all the fabric first and after all the triangle’s cut, I fold the top (around half an inch) and trimmed the sides that were showing off the top edges. This way I won’t have to trim after the banner’s been glued to the twine. You can accidently cut the twine if you trim after gluing (or sewing).

The gluing was quick and easy. Banner on the bottom, back side of fabric facing me, line of glue, twine on top of it, another line on the fabric above the twine and fold over. Estimate a 3-4″ distance and do it over again.

I bought super cheap red stripe, red polka dots, and red gingham fabric and I just alternated between the three.

 I may have spent two hours creating the bunting. Not too bad!

So that’s that! Super easy, quick and festive decors for your home, classroom, office or a craft fair!

Below are some photos from the day.

Pretty aprons (and one is Jovie’s!) and other fabric goodies. Makes me REALLY want to learn how to sew!

 

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Handmade folding shopping bags! I LOVE the fabric!! The lady sold out though by the time I got a chance to shop!

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How adorable are these? My friend made these and she also made a cute fabric bunny that ALL the little girls wanted. Jovie has one. I shall photograph it sometimes soon!!

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And look who decided to stop by?!

Father Christmas was not at all planned! He just showed up that morning and asked if we needed him to stop by for the children later in the day. Of course we said YES!!

DSC_1289  Hope you enjoyed this post! I wish I had photos of the bunting making but seriously, it’s just gluing and I’m sure you can figure it out {*WINK*)

Bye for now!

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