Monday, 5 November 2012

Christmas decorations

Hello everyone!
I hope you had a good weekend :)
As we continue with the Christmas countdown at Creative Craft World
it's my turn to share a project and I have chosen to make some decorations for Christmas.
I used my Silhouette for these to show that the machine is not just for papercrafting.
You can cut fabric with it and although I didn't cut the felt for my decorations (I think it would be too dusty)
I made templates with the Silhouette designs.
Here's a photo tutorial so hopefully you will want to make your own!
To start with I cut out the designs from a sheet of 12x12" card
Then I kept the sheet of negative shapes to trace around.
To make this little lady...scroll on down.
 Lay the shape over black felt and trace around using a light coloured pencil.
 Lay the traced piece of felt on top of a 2nd piece of black felt (for the back and front)
and cut them out together.
Trace and cut out the other pieces of felt the same way.
I used black brads for eyes and stitched a nose with orange embroidery thread and added a red heart before sewing the white tummy to the black front piece with running stitches.
Sew the feet on the front piece as well.
Next lay the back and front pieces together, putting a length of doubled ribbon or twine for the hanging loop in between the pieces at the top.
Sew all around the shape leaving a small gap for stuffing.
Lightly stuff with toy stuffing and sew the gap closed.
And that's it finished!
The basic instructions are the same for all the felt decorations and you can embellish as you like.

 For the fabric hearts, I used a cream linen type material and used my heart nestabilites die to trace around the shape.  I then laid two pieces of fabric, right sides together and stitched following the traced line ~ make sure you leave a gap for turning right side out.  Then stuff firmly, sew up the gap and decorate with buttons and twine.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it made sense!
If there's anything that's not clear, just email me and I'll try to help.
If you don't have a Silhouette you can always use a roller die cutting machine (Cuttlebug or Sizzix)
or even draw your own templates.
Thank you for visiting today
and if you come back tomorrow, I'll have the link to Lou's blog where she is sharing a gorgeous Christmas layout.
Take care
Sarah xx


MiniOwner said...

Thank you Sarah, these are soooo cute. I especially love the penguin. :o)
Sue x

Caroline said...

These are gorgeous love them all but I especially love the penguin so cute. Caroline xxx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Awwwwwwww these are gorgeous Sarah. I love them all but my favourite is definitely the penguin, I love her little gingham bow

Hugs Sue

Doreen said...

Gorgeous tree decorations,love them

Christine L said...

Wowww these are fabulous Sarah... you should go into business selling them!

Christine x

susibee said...

They are adorable, Sarah, I think I'll be making the penguin this afternoon:)

Sarah said...

Hi Sarah
This has got to be the cutest felt Owl I have seen and love all the designs you are clever and your stitching is so neat, beautiful decorations...
I hope you had a lovely weekend too..
Hugs Sarah x

Anonymous said...

These are totally brilliant Sarah, love them!! Sorry for not stopping by lately!
Helen x

Anonymous said...

FABULOUS Sarah!!! If I don't get one of those machines I'm going to burst!!! Pleeeeease Santa!!

Trish said...

Love these decs Sarah! They look fab!
Trish x

Jennie Hart said...

These are just gorgeous, clever idea :) xxx

Wishcraft said...

Ooh they're all fab Sarah, you're so clever! The penguin's super cute :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Tracy said...

They are adoreable,looove them!!!