My Christmas Blog post
A Jaycotts.co.uk blog post
I wanted to show you how to make some very easy Christmas decorations and table accessories.
These are perfect for you to sew with your children as no special skills are needed for any of them
This post also talks about how to make a narrow rolled hem on your overlocker.
You will need a pattern . This one is by Simplicity and is sadly no longer available available . However I found templates for stars, snowmen, gingerbread men and much more by searching for Free Templates on Google. So you can still make these.
There are other simple toy pattern's in the range at Jaycotts so do take a look.
Including Christmas decorations patterns
There are more gift ideas in this section Craft and home patterns
And lots of cute toys and dolls clothes too Toys and dolls clothes
You will need some felt pieces in assorted colours, There are plenty of colour choices plus some sparkly ones see the range here Various Felt available widely from craft stores to fabric shops and more. I used sparkly felt in white, green and black as well as other plain colours. You choose which ones you like best, there are no Rules!
When making the smaller ornaments I found it easier to photocopy the pieces and to cut them out in thin card so that I could then draw around them on the wrong side of the felt to make cutting out easier.
I am starting with the stars which I think are really cute, and I am using white felt which has a sparkle all over it.
Cut the felt shapes out and mark the position for the eyes and the mouth. You will need to embroider the mouth with a back stitch or a stem stitch. The eyes are safety eyes and are available from MinervaCrafts you will need various sizes according to which decorations you are making. The sizes are included on the back of the pattern envelope. Toy safety eyes these are also widely available.
The cheeks are made by colouring them with a soft red pencil. You could use a touch of blusher or lipstick, but practise on a spare piece of felt first.Once done the features sew two stars together with a blanket stitch, or even a straight stitch or to be honest any stitch you fancy so long as it is small. Enclose a hanging thread at the top. This can be ribbon or string or a thick embroidery thread as I used. Remember to leave a gap so that you can stuff it.