Monthly Archives: December 2010

Christmas tutorial advent – Santa beard

You will need:

  • White felt
  • Elastic string
  • Glue
  • Sewing needle & thread (or a sewing machine)
  • Scissors
  • Pattern (its a pdf this time as it is a large pattern)
  1. Print off and cut out the pdf pattern.
  2. Place the beard pattern onto your felt and draw around it. To make life so much easier pin a second piece of felt behind the one your drew on. Also pin into place your elastic string at each corner of the beard. The length of string depends on who is going to be wearing it, but 20cm-25cm as guidance for an adult.
  3. Sew around your beard, about 1/2cm inside of the line you drew before. Also sew around the mouth area. Make sure you got the elastic string in the stitches also.
  4. Cut around the line you drew now, trying to trim off the pen marks (if like me you used a pen).
  5. Using the scrap from around the beard, lay two pieces together and draw around the moustache pattern. Sew around it like you did with the beard and cut it out.
  6. Take your glue and put a dab onto the middle of the moustache area of the beard and stick your moustache down onto the beard. (you could sew it on also but I was in a hurry! its Christmas eve remember!).
  7. Get out your santa hat and a red coat and your set to bring the gifts down the chimley later tonight!

This is the last in my Christmas tutorial advent calendar, tomorrow is Christmas day and I hope everyone will be having a lovely day opening gifts and celebrating with their family!
Thank you to everyone for reading my blog and here is a special christmas card for all of you!

Christmas tutorial advent – Felt windmill

You will need:

  • Felt square (9cm x 9cm)
  • Pretty button
  • Sewing needle & thread
  • Scissors
  1. Cut your felt to size (if it isn’t already)
  2. Cut from the corner of one point 3cm towards the center. Repeat for each corner.
  3. Fold the corners into the center, pin them in place.
  4. Starting at the front sew through the cente a few times to secure all the corners, remove the pin.
  5. Add your button to the center and sew it onto the felt windmill.
  6. If using as a decoration add a thread to hand it on your chrismtas tree, or use it to decorate a childs bedroom. I really love these windmills, so cute 🙂

Christmas tutorial advent – Pocket tissue cover

You will need:

  • Pretty fabric
  • Sewing needle & thread (or a sewing machine)
  • Scissors
  1. Cut two rectangles (16.5cm x 18cm) from your fabric.
  2. With right sides together stitch all the way around fabric with a 1/2cm seam allowance, but leave a small opening for turning on the longest edge. Turn right way out.
  3. Lay your fabric down with the “outer” fabric facing you. Fold the sides in to the middle and overlapping just a tiny bit.
  4. Pin and sew along the short sides top and bottom, knot the threads and turn right way out.
  5. Insert your tissue pack, and your prepared for those winter colds!

Christmas tutorial advent – Pin cushion

You will need:

  • Pretty Fabric for the top and bottom
  • Pretty fabric to go around the edge
  • 1 Pretty button
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing needle & thread (or sewing machine to do it quicker)
  • Scissors
  1. Cut out two square (7.5cm x 7.5cm) from your top fabric. And cut out one long rectangle (23cm x 3cm) from your side fabric.
  2. Take one top square and pin the long side fabric around the edge (right sides together) and sew the two together using a 1/2cm seam allowance. (If hand sewing do a few extra stitchs at each corner to make it a stronger hold).
  3. Take the second top square and pin it to the other edge of the long side fabric (right sides together) and sew around this just like before.
  4. You now have a completed square, clip the corners and turn it the right way out through the opening in the side fabric.
  5. Stuff the pin cushion and then stitch up the hole we used to turn it.
  6. Taking your piece of ribbon, run it around the pin cushion like you were wrapping a present, cut it to the length you need. Taking a needle and thread sew down through the center of the ribbon through the pin cushion and out the other side. Repeat a few times.
  7. With the thread coming up out of the top (the side with the thread knot) place your button and sew through the button and the pin cushion. (You can sew this on like a normal button or if its easier up and down through the pin cushion).
  8. When the button is secured knot the thread and your pin cushion is finished!

Christmas tutorial advent – Fabric flower


Here is another flower to go with the one from yesteday!
You will need:

  • Green felt
  • Pretty fabric
  • A wooden stick or metal wire
  • Sewing needle & thread (or sewing machine)
  • Scissors
  • Pattern
  1. Print off and cut out the pattern above.
  2. Take your fabric and fold it in half (right sides together) and draw around the petal 6 times. Sew around the petals .
  3. Cut out your sewn petals, clip the corners and turn right way out.
  4. Cut 2 circles from your green felt and one long rectangle (as long as your wooden stick and 2cm wide).
  5. Taking your wooden stick or your metal wire wrap the long rectangle of green felt around it and do a running stitch around the edges (with extra stitch’s at the end so the stick doesn’t come out).
  6. Take one of the felt circles and pin the 6 flower petals around it, spacing them equally. Then pin the felt “stem” coming out the bottom.
  7. Pin the other circle on top and stitch around the edge of the circle securing all the flower petals and the stem between the two circles. You could make a whole bunch of these and put them in a vase!