I’m Eve, I’m 18 and I’m Barmy about my bespoke bunting business! I’m also in my first year at the lovely University of Hull, studying marketing.
Running your own business is hard work. Running your own business while studying at university… well let’s just say it is not for the faint-hearted. Yet I love it!
I started my company Barmy Bunting at the age of 14, after deciding to enter my hometown’s ‘I Know I Can’ business challenge.
Barmy has grown since then. I have sold my bespoke pieces all over the world, from Yorkshire to Liverpool and London, to France, Germany, Miami in the United States and New Zealand, even to the set of Coronation Street!
I’m hoping that ‘Barmy Bunting’ will be on show somewhere in the ‘City of Culture’ during 2017!
I have been fortunate to win a number of accolades during the last four ‘Barmy’ years – including Twitter awards from Theo Paphitis and Jacqueline Gold (the CEO of Ann Summers).
I have been named in the Northern Power Women’s Top Future 50 list; named the Yorkshire BiY ‘Solopreneur’ of the year; was voted as one of JCI UK’s ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ of 2016; reached the final of The Pitch, the UK’s biggest small business competition; and been nominated for a Yorkshire Choice award in 2017.
Try It Yourself! How To make Your Very Own Sunflower
But enough of me, over to you! Bunting has such a universal appeal and can really liven up a wall or window, so why not have a go at making some yourself? I recently made some sunflower bunting out of felt for my University room in The Courtyard, which would be a great way to spruce up your own room.
- Find a suitable image online to use as a reference
- Scale to your preferred size on an A4 document
- Print out 3 copies, one for the petals, centre of the flower and stem
- Cut out each part of the flower to use as a template
- Grab your yellow, brown and green felt
- Use your paper templates to cut out each flower shape
- Sew together using some yellow cotton, as per the above picture
- Voila! You have your first sunflower. Not too tricky right?
- If you fancy going all the way and turning your creation into bunting, make several of the same again and simply string them together using a length of ric-rac.
- Sit back and marvel at your wonderful creation