Christmas has crept up and I wanted to share a few of my festive decorations I made this year. I think if you can make stuff that looks vaguely passable as a present, it can be easy to put unnecessary pressure on yourself and make presents for all your friends and family. Tempting as it is and as well meaning as the sentiment, for me, I chose to make just one present and add a few decorations to our collection, and look forward to adding to the collection in the years to come.
Christmas starts to creep into the craft magazines early, which is handy if you are one of the hardcore makers making for all your friends and family because you really do need a headstart. With Love Sewing magazine, a christmas supplement popped up and although the styling wasn’t really to my taste, two patterns stood out at me and I gave them a go.
The first were these fabric star decorations, they are a great project to use any leftover fabric and you can use any fabric, beading, sequins or trim to suit your style and you can even stuff them with your fabric scraps. At Christmas time our decorations are generally made from paper, evergreen branches that I’ve brought inside and I try to keep to the colours of white and gold with a bit of red. Honestly, I never imagined I’d have a colour theme for our Christmas tree, but I just find myself gravitating towards this style. Growing up at my parents we always had a really eclectic tree, with decorations my mum had collected over the years, things we had made and each decoration told a story.
I’m trying to use everything in my fabric drawer, before buying any new fabric, so I used this gold sheer fabric that I got sent as a gift. Because the fabric was sheer, I lined it with some scraps of an old bedsheet I’d use for a toille and made a tie with a topstitching thread, so it would be a bit hardwearing. I’m really pleased with the result, I had enough of the gold fabric to make three in total, they came together very quickly and just need some patience when sewing the points of the corners. I’ve just finished making a velvet dress and I can see myself putting some of the scraps in with the decorations to make more of these stars for next year.
The second project I took on, were these quilted stockings. I’m not a quilter and I’m not a fan of novelty quilting cottons, so instead I just cut one solid piece for the front and back and for the lining. I had bought this tartan fabric from hobby craft two years ago with the intention of making some stockings by hand…! With zero knowledge of sewing I put it off, but this year and with the help of a sewing machine and the pattern, they came together easily and I finished them with felt cuffs. In my opinion, Christmas stockings aren’t just for kids, and we have a tradition to wrap up small gifts to open first thing in the morning on Christmas Day, everything from socks to paperbacks.
Finally I made some ribbon with fabric scraps left over from making a shirt for my husband and a velvet Eve Dress to wrap up presents. To make the ribbon, I cut one inch strips and I overlocked the edges to prevent them from fraying. They were inspired by Ditsy Tulips Bow’s and I used plain parcel tape to wrap gifts.
At the start of December I made a needle felt robin, it’s a much more involved make. You can read all about how I made it here. Hopefully one of these makes gets you inspired to channel your inner Kirste Allsopp this year, but for now, wishing you happy holidays whatever you have planned. I’m looking forward to hibernating and getting stuck into some sewing in the calm between Christmas and New Year.