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Etsy Craft Party: UK Community

Jun 11, 2013

by Susannah Bradley

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Our members have planned some lovely craft parties around the UK and Ireland. If you aren’t close to one, why not join the British Emporia and Craft Britannia virtual craft party? Team leader AlteredEras gives more details below.

In June I celebrate the third anniversary for my Etsy shop opening and up until this year I have never managed to join in with the annual Etsy Craft Party.

Although our team British Emporia is relatively new, we have mostly grouped together as an offshoot from another team as the most active members so have known each other for some time, years in some cases. We love to see new faces and our team is open to sellers from all over the UK, and as a very active team we expect all of our members to contribute. In return we all get to do fun things like this – the Etsy Craft Party!

As Captain of the British Emporia team I was particularly eager to join in this year but was stumped on how to do it as we are spread all over the UK. So we decided on a virtual event where we could get together online and craft on the evening of 20th June.

Something else we have been thinking about for some time is joining up with the Craft Britannia team to collaborate in some kind of event so this seemed the perfect chance as they too are spread all over the UK. So when Dayz from Cheeky Geeky, Captain of Craft Britannia suggested we get together on this it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Everyone from either team that wishes to attend has joined our ‘event team’ The Great British Etsy Craft Party 2013, and this is where we hope to run the event from.

Then came the dilemma of what to craft! We thought it would be a great idea if we could perhaps each make something that could be grouped together into a larger piece & as we are all from Great Britain what could be more British than bunting? And with the theme of this year’s Etsy Craft Party being community it seemed very apt to donate our finished bunting to a charity (to be decided).

I have devised a template that can be downloaded here for each member to use, or they can create their own from the measurements given. The only other rules for our event are that it must be in red, white and/or blue, and decorated (if you are decorating your flag) in the theme of Britishness.

Flags can either be made while attending our party or made prior to the event and decorated while partying. If any of the attendees are a bit shy of sewing we have some members that have kindly offered to donate an extra flag or two to send to others for them to embellish on the evening. After the event, members will send them all to me where I will assemble and send on to the chosen charity.

We chose to make the bunting as it is able to be split up into pieces for each of us to make and for its simplicity – it can be as simple or as complicated as you like.

Want to have a go? Follow these simple steps:

What you need:
Fabric – cotton is ideal.
Bunting template
Scissors or pinking shears
Pins
Thread
Extra wide bias binding
Sewing machine

1. Download the template here or construct your own by drawing a simple triangle. Our suggested dimensions are 20cm along the top (shorter side) by 28 cm two longer sides to be stitched).

2. If you are decorating your flag by sewing then this should be done now as it will be easier to do before they are sewn together.

3. Using a 0.5cm seam allowance, stitch the two long sides of the flag leaving the short side open.

4. Snip the excess fabric off the ‘points’ then turn it the right side out and gently poke the point out with a chopstick or the like. Iron flat if possible (depending on your design).

5. For one length of bunting (of 3 metres) twelve such flags should be made so repeat the above as often as necessary.

7. It is complete! Wonder at your fabulous new bunting!

Once all the flags are stitched, lay out your bias tape then position and pin your flags at regular intervals between the folds of the bias tape, leaving about 30cm at each end for hanging.

6. Sew along your bias, making sure to secure both sides of the tape and flags with your stitches. Remove the pins as you go.

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Here’s a list of local gatherings already organised for this year’s Etsy Craft Party – if you’re hosting or attending an event that isn’t listed, please add/link in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list:

Online
Dorset
Cardigan
Leeds
London (Hackney)
Ironbridge
St. Austell
Southampton
Cambridge
Oxford
Glasgow
Brighton
Leamington Spa

Don’t forget to tweet @EtsyUK (and tag Instagram pics) with hashtag #craftparty!

13 comments

  • madebymaram

    Mairi from maramjewellery said 5 years ago

    Glasgow! Don't forget the Glasgow Etsy Teams Craft Party- It's going to be the best :)

  • madebymaram

    Mairi from maramjewellery said 5 years ago

    Glasgow! Don't forget the Glasgow Etsy Teams Craft Party, see the team discussion or the facebook page for more details :)

  • Pininkie

    Tanya Stovold from Pininkie said 5 years ago

    I am so looking forward to this! I have my fabric at the ready :) Thanks so much Paula for organising.

  • missbelluk

    missbelluk from missbelluk said 5 years ago

    Sounds great!!

  • PrintsByMaggieg

    Maggie Goodwin from PrintsByMaggieg said 5 years ago

    Sounds like fun. I am away but will be with you all in thought.

  • SixSkeins

    Steph from SixSkeins said 5 years ago

    Great post, looking forward to this!

  • SixSkeins

    Steph from SixSkeins said 5 years ago

    Great post, looking forward to joining in with the evening!

  • CheekyGeeky

    Dayz from CheekyGeeky said 5 years ago

    Thanks for promoting our virtual craft party Susannah. I'm really looking forward to it. :)

  • AlteredEras

    Paula from AlteredEras said 5 years ago

    Thanks Susannah for supporting us and to everyone for all their lovely comments. Should be great fun !

  • Erinnies

    Emma Fraser from Erinnies said 5 years ago

    Such a great idea!

  • annecorr1

    anne corr from modestly said 5 years ago

    Brilliant!! I may even try my hand at sewing- radical!!!! I maight miss the evening as I will be travelling back from holiday, so dam! but I will make one anyway!! Keep promoting us Susannah!!

  • AlteredEras

    Paula from AlteredEras said 5 years ago

    Anne if you wish to make one for the group activity please contact me :) Thank you :)

  • beryluneuk

    Berylune Park St from BeryluneUK said 5 years ago

    Don't forget our Leamington Spa party! We have sold over 60 tickets. We have some great projects lined up, from rubber stamp carving to macrame bracelets and many other things in between! Partygoers will help us with an Origami bomb, everyone will get party food and a goody bag. Fiona Murray, who can usually be found photographing Kirsty Allsopp, will be documenting the event for us! Just a handful of tickets remaining - http://www.berylune.bigcartel.com/product/20th-june-etsy-craft-party

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