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Thursday, 3 December 2015

My hand sewn Christmas.

This is my Christmas blog post . It is actually on my sister blog somdo click on the link and take a look at the post. How to sew Christmas Decorations and table wear
 These are some of the items featured in the blog post. All are very easy to sew.

These cheeky Christmas stars are having fun playing with the sewing machines at

The post features making your own Tree skirt, table cloths and napkins

Do take a look at the blog post , and let me know what you are making this Christmas.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Very easy, very cute Christmas Decorations .

My Christmas Blog post

A 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.

 These are some of the items which I am going to show you how to make, they are all easy inexpensive and fun.

You will need a pattern . This one is by Simplicity and is available from Jaycotts It is     Simplicity 8035   There are other simple toy pattern's in the range so do take a look.
You will need some felt pieces in assorted colours,  I bought mine from MinervaFabrics There are plenty of colour choices plus some sparkly ones see the range here  Various Felt available from MinervaCrafts 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
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.