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Handmade Holidays

December 1, 2009 - Filed under Christmas, How-to

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It’s December 1st, and you know what that means… Christmas is just around the corner. I’m kicking off a month of Handmade Holiday goodness, with some ornament inspiration. Over the next few days I’ll be posting some great ideas for handmade ornaments, including a few tutorials & patterns as well as some links to a few ornaments you can purchase, in case you run out of crafting time.

First up are a couple of felt ornaments I made a few years ago for a charity auction at work. These were really easy and fun to make, and were a huge hit at the auction.

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For the Snowmen: Cut the snowman shape out of white felt, and stitch the two pieces together with colored embroidery thread (pick something that matches the color of felt you’ve chosen for the scarf). When you’ve almost finished stitching around the snowman, stop and fill it with stuffing, then continue stitching him up. You can add the face first if you’d like, but I found it easier to add after.

For the scarf, cut two strips of colored felt, one to go around your snowman’s neck and the other to loop over and hang down. I originally tried tying a longer strip like you would a regular scarf, but found that it didn’t lay very nice. Wrap one piece around the neck of your snowman, and use the second piece to cover the seam and hang down. Don’t forget to cut a little bit of fringe on the bottom too!

Then simply sew on a few tiny buttons and make a loop at the top with thread so you can hang him on your tree.

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For the trees: Cut the tree shapes out of green felt, using pinking shears. Sew around the edge using colored embroidery thread (something that matches the ribbon). When you get to the top, insert the two ends of the ribbon making a loop, and continue sewing. Remember to leave a little hole to stuff it before you sew it all the way up. Then simply sew on a few multi-colored buttons to make the ornaments. I was lucky enough to find little star shaped buttons at my local craft store, but you could use anything.

Stay tuned for more Handmade Holiday goodness all December long.



Posted by: kelly

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