In between making Bombshell swimsuits, going away for a weekend break, making Happy Happy Joy Joy swishy circle skirts and the usual mayhem that accompanies the run up to Christmas around here, I’ve been playing with some felt to make some holiday decorations! Just as well it’s felt too as Boy learnt yesterday when we were decorating the tree that glass doesn’t bounce very well, so some additional decorations were definitely needed and these ones are pretty indestructible.
Simplicity kindly offered to send me a festive pattern to play with and blog about; I chose 2545. I adored the gingerbread houses and the little felt ornaments, particularly the gingerbread men and women. The pattern also includes the blueprints to make a tree topper gingerbread angel, star and heart decorations, stockings and a tree skirt. There’s a lot of value in this pattern and I can see myself returning to it each year and increasing the decoration quota!
I’ve made some gingerbread people and some Christmas trees to decorate our tree. Some are ‘heirloom’ and some are ‘quick and dirty’! With the ones I took more time over, the embellishments are hand stitched on and use vintage buttons and lace from my stash. The quick and dirty options use Gutermann HT2 glue to stick the felt together and the embellishments to the felt – much easier when a small person wants to help you!
I machine stitched all three layers of felt together on my machine before trimming down the gingerbread layers and pinking the icing layer of felt as per Simplicty’s instructions. My favourite is Miss Gingerbread with her vintage sparkling buttons, lace and ric-rac skirt and hand sewn face. Mr Gingerbread with the green buttons was sewn and stuck (his eyes are tiny tiny buttons which Boy glued on), whilst Mr Gingerbread with pearl buttons was all hand sewn. His and Miss G’s eyes are french knots and their smile a split stitch.
I loved making the trees! Mine is the one on the right with a blanket stitched edge, ric-rac tinsel and vintage button baubles! It was a lovely way to use those odd singular buttons that are lurking in my button tin. They finally get to shine! Boy’s glued version is on the right. No sewing at all, just glue, tiny buttons and more ric-rac.
These were a perfect little hand sewing project to take away with me last weekend. Small enough that they took up no space at all and also I could make a lot of progress very fast with them. As you may have guessed, Boy loved helping make them and is very proud of them being on the tree (along with all the other bits and bobs he’s made over the last few years!). If you’re looking for some stress free Christmas crafting, this is a great pattern to start with – so many options!