We've been celebrating Lily's 6th birthday this week, and as part of our family celebrations we always hang birthday bunting and paper flowers in the birthday girl's chosen colours.
Last year I made a new birthday banner for Bella in yellow, but I didn't get around to making a matching banner in Lily's favourite colours. So this week I chose some of her favourite prints and finally made her one of her own.
To make the banner I drew the letters on to vilene and then ironed that on to the chosen fabrics and cut them out.
I use natural canvas as the background for the banners, because it has a good weight to it, and hangs really nicely but is nice and sturdy to work with.
Once the letters were ironed on, I machine stitched around them twice, close to the edge, but not being too careful, using a dark thread so that it looks like it's been outlined in pencil.
And then to finish it off I edged the top of the banner with cotton tape, leaving long tails to tie the banner up with.
As well as hanging the bunting (which I made years ago) I always make large paper pompom flowers to hang from the ceiling.
And every birthday morning they get up to a breakfast of their choice (always chocolate) and a bunch of their favourite flowers.
Plus their pile of presents of course.
I still can't believe that Lily has turned 6. And neither can she. I'm not to worry though, because she tells me that even when she's a teenager she'll still be my baby and need me to look after her.
Which is very good to know.
Happy birthday my beautiful Lily xx