When I was at home on maternity leave last year waiting for my baby to make an appearance I made her a mobile from felt. Little elephants and heart, it turned out so well so I thought I could do the same with Christmas decorations. They are a great 'in front of the TV' activity, no sewing machine needed. I am actually pretty proud of my effort!
Here's what I did so you can make your own.
What you'll need
- Lengths of different coloured felts (stiffer types of felt work best)
- Embroidery cotton and needles
- Thin ribbon
- Blank paper and pencil
What to do
Step 1. Using the paper draw templates for your decorations. They work best at about 3 inches (10cm). To be honest I really struggled at drawing a star. Yes an easy object I just couldn't get right. So I printed out a clipart star and used that instead.
Step 2. Pin your template to the felt and cut out two pieces or each template.
Step 3. Sew on any embellishments such as a nose and eyes for your reindeer.
Step 4. Using a long length of embroidery cotton and start hand sewing together the two pieces - no machine required. One of the two stiches shown in the picture works best. Its a good idea to start where the ribbon is so it is sewn in securely to the seam (the ribbon is what will be used to hang the decoration on the tree).
Step 5. When you have sewn up half the seam, stuff in the wadding and then sew up the remaining seam.
They aren't perfect, but they don't need to be. Christmas isn't about perfection. Its about family and fun and all the things you love!
These are easier to make than they look so why not give them a go.
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