Mushroom Rattle

by Dawn Lewis

Materials

Milford Soft Thread – White, 1 ball

Milford Soft Thread – any colour for mushroom cap, 1 ball (blue = Periwinkle, Pink = Sorbet, Red = Holiday Red)

Milford Satin Thread – Taupe, 1 ball

2.5mm hook

Polyfill stuffing

Doll Needle

This pattern is worked in the round, so mark the last stitch of each round to keep your place using a stitch marker, safety pin or piece of contrasting thread. When reading the pattern please note that the number in brackets at the end of each line indicates the number of stitches in the round.

UK crochet terminology.

Ch 2, dc x 4 into 2nd chain from hook.

R1: 2dcinc x 4 (8)

R2: (2dcinc, 1dc) x 4 (12)

R3: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 4 (16)

R4: (2dcinc, 3dc) x 4 (20)

R5: (2dcinc, 4dc) x 4 (24)

R6: (2dcinc, 5dc) x 4 (28)

R7: (2dcinc, 1dc) x 14 (42)

R8: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 14 (56)

R9-12: 56dc (56)

R13: (2dcinc, 3dc) x 14 (70)

R14-17: 70dc (70)

R18: (2dctog, 2dc) x 17, 2dctog (52)

R19: (2dctog, 2dc) x 13 (39)

Change thread to Taupe satin

R20: 39dc (39)

R21: (2dctog, 1dc) x 13 (26)

R22: 26dc (26)

R23: 1dc, (2dctog, 1dc) x 9, 1dc (18)

Stuff firmly and insert bell, then continue on to crochet stem.

R24-37: 18dc (18)

R38: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 6 (24)

R39: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 8 (32)

R40-41: 32dc (32)

R42: 2dctog x 16 (16)

Stuff stem firmly

R43: 2dctog x 8 (8)

R44: 2dctog x 4 (4)

Slst then bind off.

Leave a 70cm tail.

Spots, White … make 5

Ch 2, 6dc into 2nd chain from hook

R1: 2dcinc x 6 (12)

Slst then bind off.

Leave a 12cm tail.

Decide where your mushroom spots will go, evenly spaced around the mushroom cap, and mark the centre of each with a pin or piece of contrasting thread.

Thread the doll needle with the tail end of the Taupe thread. Run the needle from the stem base up inside the stem to where it meets the cap, and out one side. Stitch through the stem at the top 4 times (like a cross) to strengthen it. To shape the mushroom, put the needle back in at the top of the stem, and out where you have marked the first spot on the mushroom cap with your pin or thread. Reinsert needle close to where it came out and stitch back down to the top of the stem. Repeat 4 times, ending at the top of stem. OPTION – stitch long lines between top of stem and where the taupe base meets the coloured cap to create a series of ribs under the mushroom cap.

Bind off and thread the remaining tail inside the mushroom and out the other side. Trim off the excess close to the surface.

Thread the doll needle with the tail end of the white spots and stitch them over your anchor points around the mushroom cap.

Bind off and thread tail inside the mushroom and out the other side. Trim off the excess close to the surface.

Repeat for all spots.

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Collar

By Marni Franks

I’m getting ready for Halloween next month and I decided that I’d make this collar to go with one of the costumes I plan on wearing. It’s orange and black so it’s still foxy-ish.

Materials

Two fabrics that co-ordinate

Medium weight fusible interfacing

2 buttons the same size

Needle

Thread

Sewing machine

Scissors

1m of 6mm stain ribbon

Elastic band

Assembly

Make sure you press your fabrics and if they are directional (stripes etc.) make sure you have enough fabric to get the direction of the print the right way up.

Iron the medium weight fusible interfacing to whichever fabric you prefer – as this collar will be double-sided it’s not really going to matter.

Print off your template here.

Cut out your template and pin to the wrong side of your fabrics. Cut 2 collar pieces from each fabric.

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Cut the ribbon in half and roll each length up leaving a 5cm tail. Secure the rolled up section with an elastic band (if your kids have been Rainbow Looming use them to hold the ribbon, they are a good size elastic band).

Pin the tail of the ribbon onto the right side of a collar piece. Use the photograph as a guide. Pin the second collar piece right side down on the top of the ribbon and the right side up collar piece.

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Pin and stitch along the edge, starting on the outside curve and leaving a 2in opening for turning.

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Reverse stitch at the beginning and the end. Notch the corners, then trim the raw edges to 1/8in from the stitched line leaving a bigger edge at the opening.

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Turn the collar sections right side out and press. Fold and pin the opening closed neatly and topstitch all the way around the collar.

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Place the collar pieces together, matching the front centre points. Using a needle and thread, stitch the points together, passing the needle through a few times.

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Place your buttons into position and attach using your preferred method.

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Your collar is now ready to wear.

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Pincushion

by Marni Franks

Materials

Main fabric – 10 1/2in square

Contrast fabric – approx 4in square

Sheet of Mylar

Fabric glue

Sewing machine

Thread

Needle

Buttons: 2

Method

From your background fabric cut one 10 1/2in square.

From a sheet of cardboard or Mylar make a 9in square template. This needs to be subjected to the heat of the iron so it either needs to be something that can take the heat like Mylar or something cheap like cardboard that you can replace easily.

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Grab some washable fabric glue – Sewline Glue Pen or Roxanne’s Baste It Glue.

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Centre your 9in template on the wrong side of your background fabric. Press the top and the bottom edges in towards the centre of the template making sure that the edges are against the template and crisp.

Place glue in the corners of the square (the folded edge) and press the sides in towards the centre in the same way, the glue will set with the iron’s heat and hold it all in place.

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Pull out your template gently.

Fold your square into quarters and press to get your guidelines for the next step.

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Open up your square with the raw edges facing up. Pick a corner and fold it into the centre. Press lightly. You really want your outside corners to be as accurately folded as possible so in this step make sure you focus on them and if your centre is overlapping for the outside corners to work that’s ok and I give you permission to fudge this as needed. Once your corners are good press firmly.

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Place the square with the folded side up (so you can see the centre points), then fold the corners in to the centre, this time making sure that the centre points match perfectly!

Measure inside the folded unit and cut a square of your contrasting fabric to that size. I tend to cut mine 1/8in smaller so that I know it fits perfectly.

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Pin the folds down and stitch the centre in a little cross to secure the points down on the contrasting fabric.

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Pick any of the openings and fold back, curving it gently, not pulling it too hard and press it with the iron. Fold back all of the openings that match the first one you have done (keeps the folds looking consistent like when you do cross-stitch). Press each fold and pin to secure. Fold the opposite openings back to match, pressing and pinning as you go.

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Pick a curve and stitch the full arc, crossing over your little centre cross – this way you will only be stitching four rows and not have to start and stop for each mini arc. Reverse stitch at the beginning and end of each row.

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Measure your finished window and cut a back for your pincushion that is a half-inch bigger all the way around. Align one edge of your window section to one edge of the backing and pin.

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Start stitching on the edge that is opposite the aligned edge you just pinned. Reverse stitch and then stitch all the way around leaving a 1 1/2in opening for turning.

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Trim the edges off leaving a wide edge at the opening. Notch the corners.

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Turn the pincushion out the right way. Stuff firmly with toyfill.

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Ladder stitch the opening closed.

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Pull in the middle of your pincushion with a button either side and use your preferred method for attaching buttons.

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Stick your favourite pins in it and you’re ready for your next sewing project!

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Knot-work Fox

by Marni Franks

Materials

Black, white and orange DMC threads

Tape measure

Scissors

Bulldog clip

Something to clip to

As this set of instructions was going to cause chaos (both to write and to make from) I decided that this week’s project would be in video form.

There are 4 parts to the video, each between 10 and 15 minutes long (and a 2 minute snippet). I tried to keep it short but it is a time consuming technique and pattern.

Video 1:

Video 2:

Video 2a:

Video 3:

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Foxy Cookies

When we started this collaboration project last year we wanted to bring you some exciting things from guest bloggers. We searched high and low for other creative types who had a passion for sharing their skills, loved foxes and wanted to have some fun. So from this blog in May until the end of the year we will have guest bloggers appearing here with something special for you all.

First up is Rhian from Flyawaypineapple…

Please make her welcome.

Marni

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I’m so happy to be here visiting 55 Fox Fiasco!

My name is Rhian and I don’t sew. Not a button. Not a stitch. Please don’t mention knitting or crocheting. I’m certainly not an artist either, unless doodling while on the phone is considered art. Which it isn’t.

However, I can bake and decorate cookies. That’s what I do pretty much every day at Flyawaypineapple, and that’s what we’re doing today.

I will add that I do like foxes. I like them a lot. I like them so much that I almost caused a multi-car incident on one of those diabolical giant roundabouts in the UK when I spotted a fox and her pups appearing from the bushes on the side of the road and made a wild manoeuvre to get a better look. This is a true story and was probably captured on CCTV.

Anyway, in keeping with the foxy theme we’re making fox cookies.

You will need the following supplies:

Your favourite cookie dough

Fox cookie cutter (mine is from Copper Gifts and can be purchased online)

Baking sheets and parchment paper or silicon mats

Royal icing

Black, orange and white food colouring

Icing bags, #2 icing tips and couplers

Toothpicks

Step 1

Roll out your cookie dough, cut out fox shapes and place them on baking sheets lined with parchment or silicon mats.

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Chill for 20 minutes in the freezer and then bake in a preheated oven according to your recipe. Allow to cool completely on wire racks.

Step 2

Divide your royal icing into three separate bowls and add the colours. Add water to each bowl one teaspoon at a time and stir with a silicon spatula until you reach a medium thick consistency. A good way to calculate the correct consistency is to draw a butter knife through the icing and if the line “heals” to a smooth surface in 15 seconds, you’re good to go. Fill the icing bags fitted with couplers and tips.

Step 3

Now for the fun part! Outline your fox in black. Let the outline set for about 10 minutes (this acts as a dam).

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Step 4

Starting with the head, fill the white areas and immediately pipe black dots into the wet icing, followed by white highlights. Then fill in the tip of the tail and blaze on the chest.

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You can use a toothpick to push the icing into corners and to pop any air bubbles (work quickly though).

Allow about 10 minutes for the icing to set a little before moving on to filling in the orange sections. Fill the head section first and immediately pipe a dot of white on each ear. Quickly drag a toothpick through the white to give it some shape. Now fill the body with orange icing.

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After the face has set for about an hour, pipe the nose with black icing.

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Leave to dry for 8-12 hours (at least overnight, or longer if it’s humid).

And you’re done!

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If you’d like to see more cookies, you can find me here: www.flyawaypineapple.com.au and here: www.facebook.com/FlyawayPineapple

 

No-Sew Foxy Blanket

by Marni Franks

Materials

1m x 1.5m piece of polar fleece

Tape measure (Tradie’s metal tape)

Scissors

Rotary cutter

Ruler

Cutting mat

Method

Fold your piece of fleece in half matching the selvedges. Use the rotary cutter and ruler to straighten the cut edges and to remove the selvedges.

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Lay the fleece out flat. Measure in from the corners 3in and cut out a square piece. Repeat for all four corners.

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Lay the tape measure out along one edge, matching up the cut out sections. Using scissors cut into the fleece in 1in wide strips using the tape as a guide.

NOTE: If you use a fabric tape measure be warned now – you might cut into it which is why I suggest using a trade’s metal tape.

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Cut all the edges into these strips.

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Tie a knot in in each strip to finish.

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All done!

 

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Autumn Pie

By Mel Alce

Ingredients

Pastry

300g self-raising flour

125g softened margarine

1 egg

75g caster sugar

25mL water

Fruit

One tin/jar of

  • apples
  • peaches
  • blackberries
  • cherries

Tools

Mixer

Strainer

Bowl

Pie tin

Baking paper

Rolling pin

Baking weights (or rice)

Measuring cup

Method

Pastry

Mix all pastry ingredients together using dough hook. Lightly flour bench. Take the dough out & knead for a short time until smooth. Pre heat oven to 180C.

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Place a piece of baking paper onto your work surface and place half of your pastry mix onto it. Dust it with flour and use rolling pin to flatten out into round shape that will cover the base of the tin and up the side. Slide the baking paper into your tin (saves all that hassle!) and press into the tin. Trim away the excess pastry from the sides and save for later.  Cover with another sheet of baking paper and put weights on top (use rice if you don’t have weights). Put in the oven for 10 – 15mins or until it starts to smell yummy!

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Take the pie base out of the oven and allow to cool slightly. Remove your weights and trim up the excess paper.

Fruit

Drain all of your fruit and pile into the base in quarters.

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Sprinkle the fruit with a light coating of caster sugar.

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With excess pastry that you cut off the sides, re-roll and cut two strips to section off your fruit quarters.

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Brush a light milk glaze onto the pastry.

Place in the oven for 25minutes at 170degrees.

Allow it to cool.

Slice and serve.

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Serving options:

plain vanilla ice cream

cream

custard

mascarpone with vanilla bean paste

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Mushroom Dude Card

by Dawn Lewis

Materials
White Cardstock – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″   and   2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″   and 2 1/8″ x 5/8″
Red Cardstock – 3 7/8″ x 2 3/4″
Black Cardstock – 4 1/2″ x 5″
Double sided tape
Sweet Stamp Shop – Foxy
Sweet Stamp Shop – Just The Basics
Acrylic Block
Distress Ink – Barn Door
Distress Ink – Tea Dye (optional)
Distress Ink – Embossing, clear
Distress Ink Tool with foam pad
Embossing powder – clear
Heat Gun
Bone Folder
Ruler
Method
Fold the larger piece of white cardstock in half, and press the fold using the bold folder.
Apply double sided tape to the back of the red cardstock and adhere to the centre of the front of the card.
Place the mushroom stamp from the Foxy set onto an acrylic block.  Ink up lightly with embossing ink and stamp a row of mushrooms across the bottom of the square of white cardstock. Sprinkle over the clear embossing powder and tap off the excess.  Repeat stamping and adding embossing powder until the panel is full.  Pour excess powder back into the jar.
Place the square of card onto a heat-proof surface, and heat with the heat gun.  You will see the powder change and become glossy as it melts.
Place the square of card onto a craft mat or piece of paper, and apply Barn Door Distress Ink using the tool with a foam pad, in a circular motion.  Start on the mat/paper with a circular motion, then move the ink onto the mushroom square.  Apply the ink lightly in the centre, and more heavily at the edges.
Option: Apply a little Tea Dye Distress Ink around the edges and randomly in the centre of the mushroom square.
Use a ruler to tear the edges off black cardstock to create a 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ square mat layer.
Apply double sided tape to the back of the mushroom square and stick it onto the black mat.  Apply double sided tape to the back of the black mat and stick it onto the front of the card.
Use the ruler to tear a second black mat 2 1/4″ x 7/8″.  Apply double sided tape and stick to the front of the card, below the large matted design.
Place the greetings ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Dude’ onto the acrylic block.  Ink up using Barn Door Distress Ink, and stamp on the strip of white cardstock.  Use the comma stamp for proper punctuation!  Ink lightly around the edge with Barn Door using the Distress Ink tool.
Apply double sided tape to the back of the stamped & inked greeting, and stick onto the centre of the small black mat.
Sweet Stamp Shop sets are available in the shop at www.dawnlewis.com.au
Direct link to stamps in the shop …  http://dawnlewis.com.au/?page_id=15&catid=40

 

“What Does the Fox Say?”

by Dawn Lewis
Materials
1 x A5 white cardstock
Foxy stamp set (Sweet Stamp Shop)
Memento Ink, Tuxedo Black
Journal Card, 3″x 4″ (Kaisercraft, Favourite Things)
Distress Ink, Peeled Paint
Distress Ink, Dried Marigold
Distress Ink tool with foam pad
XPress It Blending Card (small piece for Fox)
Copic YR07 (ciao or sketch)
Copic 0 colourless blender (ciao or sketch)
Acrylic block, small
Vellum, 6cm x 6cm
Small piece of white cardstock, approximately 10cm x 5cm
Scrap of orange cardstock
Double sided tape
Scissors
Method
Fold the white A5 cardstock in half to create card base.
Place the heart stamp from the Foxy set on the acrylic block. Ink up in Peeled Paint, and stamp to create a staggered background on the front of the card base.
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Clean stamp and return to stamp sheet.
Place the card base on a craft sheet or piece of paper.
Ink up the foam pad on the distress ink tool, and start in a circular motion on the sheet, then move the ink onto the edge of the card.  Work around all sides, moving quite a way in as the ink becomes lighter on the foam pad.
Note: I have a foam pad for each of my distress inks, and write on the felt side with a sharpie to match to the inkpad.
Switch to Dried Marigold Distress Ink, ink up the foam pad, and using the same circular motion, ink around the edge of the journal card.
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Place the fox stamp onto the acrylic block, ink up in Memento Tuxedo Black and stamp onto the blending card.
Watch the video for the Copic watercolour technique used to colour the fox, and colour your fox.
Watch video here.
Cut out the fox using a small pair of sharp scissors.
Cut 3 x 2cm strips from the vellum.  Stamp two of them along the base with the grass stamp inked up with Peeled Paint.  Dry.  Stamp a mushroom in Dried Marigold on the left of one of the pieces of vellum with grass.  Dry.
Tear across the top of the stamped pieces of vellum and adhere along the bottom edge of the journal card.
Stamp three speech bubbles from the Foxy set on the white cardstock.  Stamp one of the fox cries in each speech bubble.  Stamp the ‘what does the fox say?’ text on the white card.
Cut out the speech bubbles with sharp scissors.  Cut the ‘fox say’ title into a close rectangle.
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Cut a piece of orange cardstock slightly larger than the ‘fox say’ title, and layer them together.  Then stick the layered pieces onto the centre of the last piece of vellum.
Use the photo as a guide to stick everything down.  Slide the fox underneath the vellum so he appears to be sitting in the grass.

Foxy Bunting

By Marni Franks

Materials

30cm of fabric per 4 double-sided flags

3m of 25mm cotton herringbone tape

Matching thread

Tools

Frixion marking pen

Sewing machine

Template plastic

Scissors

Iron and ironing board

Method

Iron your fabric.

Create a triangle with your template plastic. You can make any size triangle you like. The template I use will be posted later this week.

Place your fabric right-side down and trace around your template, flipping it so you interlock triangles getting the most from your fabric.

Note: My triangle has a line down the centre to allow me to match up the print repeat depending on fabrics. For example if you were using a stripe and wanted it straight.

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Cut out your triangles.

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Match the triangles right-sides together. Pin and then stitch around the two longer sides, leaving the top open (I’ve used contrasting thread and fabric to show you).

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Turn the flag right side out.

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Press the flag ensuring the seams are neat and not rolled over onto the wrong side of the flag.

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Place the flag onto the herringbone tape, so that the top of the flag sits halfway acres the width of the tape.

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Fold the tape over and pin.

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Thread up your machine with the matching thread to your tape. Stitch along the edge of the tape. I like to use my 1/4in patchwork foot as the guide helps keep the tape in place and even.

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Sew until all the flags are secure.

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Note: Flags can be evenly spaced apart or touching.

Finish the ends off as you like – fold the ends over and stitch to seal, tie knots or loops.

Hang your bunting up to decorate.

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The three buntings are available for sale – please email frankensteinsfabrics@hotmail.com if you would like to purchase.

$15 each plus $8 tracked post.