Fabulous felt Christmas deccies

By admin
05 December 2014

Set aside an hour or two to sew these easy-to-make tree decorations. They’re sure to become instant heirlooms.

Set aside an hour or two to sew these easy-to-make tree decorations. They’re sure to become instant heirlooms. 

Felt deccies combo

If you can wield scissors, a needle and thread, why not try your hand at a selection of these cute felt Christmas decorations we found on Pinterest. They range from really easy to a bit more challenging.

Simple stars

Felt stars Picture pinned from mariafita.com.br via flickr

These sweet little stars are suitable for beginners. The best thing about sewing with felt is it doesn’t fray so you don’t have to make hems or hidden seems and you can use a simple straight stitch.

You’ll need white felt, red embroidery thread or thin crochet cotton, thin batting (the wadding used in quilts), red buttons, red ribbon, scissors, pins and an embroidery needle (make sure it fits through the button holes). Here’s how to go about it.

Instructions for one star:

1 Cut out two star shapes from the white felt.

2 Cut out a slightly smaller star shape from the batting.

3 Cut a length of ribbon about 15 cm.

4 Sandwich the batting between the two felt stars and secure in place with a pin. Fold the ribbon in half and slip the two ends between the felt layers at one tip of the star.

5 Using the embroidery thread or crochet cotton and the needle, sew the two stars together, making sure you work through both ribbon ends to secure the loop firmly.

6 Using the embroidery thread and needle, sew a button on each side in the middle of the star, making sure the buttons line up so the needle goes right through from one button to the other. Tie off the thread with a knot on one side and trim the ends of the thread (not too close, or the knot won’t hold).

Tips:

1 Make extra stars in reverse colours: red felt with white thread, ribbon and buttons.

2 Use tiny coloured bells (available at craft stores) instead of buttons.

Easy tree

felt tree Picture pinned from Esther Banev

Another really simple-to-sew decoration.

You’ll need red and white felt, white sewing thread, white embroidery thread or thin crochet cotton, thin batting (the wadding used in quilts), white buttons, white ribbon or tape, scissors, pins, a thin sewing needle and an embroidery needle.

Instructions for one tree:

1 Cut out a tree shape from the white felt.

2 Cut out a slightly smaller tree shape from the red felt.

3 Cut out an even smaller tree shape from the batting.

4 Cut a length of ribbon or tape 12-15 cm.

5 Using the sewing thread, sew the buttons to the red felt.

4 Sandwich the batting between the two felt trees and secure in place with a pin. Fold the ribbon in half and slip the two ends between the felt layers at the top of the tree.

5 Using the embroidery thread or crochet cotton and the embroidery needle, sew the two trees together, making sure you work through both ribbon ends to secure the loop firmly.

Tips:

*This would also look cute in white and green or all green.

*Try coloured or gold buttons or tiny bells (from craft shops) instead of the white buttons.

Gingerbread collection

Picture pinned from Jennifer Welch Picture pinned from Jennifer Welch

I love these gingerbread-inspired felt decorations. They’re a little more complicated than the simple star and easy tree but made in essentially the same way. The buttons, facial features and decorations are added before you sew the two sides together and you use blanket stitch instead of a straight stitch.

Tips:

*Use cookie cutters as templates for the decorations.

*For instructions on how to do blanket stitch, click here.

Trees for pros

Picture pinned from etsy.com Picture pinned from etsy.com

I’m including this picture only as inspiration for experienced needleworkers. The little trees were previously for sale on Etsy, the wonderful online shop for all things handmade or vintage. It has gorgeous South African products so do check it out if you haven’t already.

– Alfie Steyn

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