During the first lockdown, we launched a community art project, encouraging people to sew a block for our Old School quilt. It was such a success, we launched several further projects over the course of 2020 to create more community textile art that we put on display at the Old School. Open to anyone of any age or level of sewing ability, you don’t even have to live in Wolverton or Milton Keynes (or the UK) to take part.

With a new year bringing another lockdown, we’re continuing Sewn Together with a brand new project for 2021. Always the bluest month, January needs a bit of cheer and colour more than ever before this year. When it comes to textiles, nothing says colour and fun like bunting, and so this time we’d love you all to join in by helping us create festoons of rainbow bunting to decorate the Old School. When the Old School is open to the public once more, we will use this bunting for years to come to decorate at all our community special events and parties.

This project is suitable for crafters of any age and ability, and requires only a needle and thread. Download our simple template which will show you how to make an individual pennant (you can make more than one of course!) out of two pieces of fabric – any kind will do, though non-stretchy fabrics work best.

The pennants can be hand sewn or machine stitched, and as always we encourage you to get creative with this project, with the only rules being that the pennants should be roughly between 20 – 22cm long when finished, and be made following the construction method on our template so that they can all be strung together later. If you want, you can add embellishments too. We would love to see how you personalise your pennants – add decorations with appliqué, beading, sequins, hand-dyed fabrics or embroidery – anything goes!

To make the project accessible to all, we will once again be providing locally a limited amount of FREE kits containing everything needed to make a pennant. Details of how to do this will be confirmed soon. If you can’t get out and need a delivery, get in touch with [email protected] and we will try to sort something out. If you have spare fabric that you can donate to this project for these free packs, please get in touch – we’re always looking for more!

Detailed instructions, inspiration, and the template are available to download here, and also via the Sewn Together facebook group, which is open to everyone to join. Our facebook group is a welcoming and supportive place where you can share your makes online and chat about the project while we are all stuck at home.

If you are looking for more creative distraction and would like to do one of our past Sewn Together projects – lockdown merit badges to celebrate the things you’ve accomplished during lockdown (however big or small), beautiful textile leaves for decoration, or our original quilt squares – then you’ll find the templates and instructions for these in the Facebook group too. We have finished the quilt, which is hung in the hall, but you can still send in merit badges or leaves to add to the collection, and make the quilt squares for your own projects at home.

When you have finished your pennants, you can drop them off to us via the Old School post box, or check in the Facebook group for collection points in the areas around Wolverton.

So let’s brighten up 2021, and get stitching!