Category Archives: Christmas 2010

Christmas tutorial advent – Button flower

You will need:

  • 5 – 6 small buttons
  • 1 large button
  • good quality glue for plastic and beads
  • brooch bar
  • small felt circle (any colour)
  1. Depending on the size of your large button compared to your small buttons you will need between 5 and 6 of the small buttons.
  2. Lay your small buttons down in a circle, right side facing upwards. Dab a dot of glue onto the back of the big button.
  3. Depending on your glue you may have to wait a few minutes for it to become tacky, but when its ready place your large button down on top, adjust the smaller buttons now if they aren’t perfect. Let the glue dry.
  4. When the glue is 100% dry turn your flower wrong side up and dab a bit of glue on your brooch pin and stick it onto the buttons.
  5. For an extra secure hold place a circle of felt over the top of the brooch pin, glueing it down to the buttons.
  6. Make sure the glue dries fully and its ready to pin to your bag, coat etc

Christmas tutorial advent – Rice heat pad

You will need

  • Pretty fabric (to make the bag)
  • Thin cotton fabric (to hold the rice inside the bag)
  • Sewing machine & threads (although if you had the time you could hand sew it)
  • Scissors
  • Rice (4 cups)
  1. Cut a rectangle measuring 30cm x 25cm from your thin cotton fabric. Fold along the width of the fabric.
  2. Using a small stitch sew around two sides leaving one end open (the forth side is the fold). Turn right side out.
  3. Measure out your rice and pour it into your cotton sack (it should fill it up to about half way). Tuck up the open end and machine stitch across the top using the same small stitch as before.
  4. Cut a rectangle measuring 65cm x 15cm from your pretty cotton fabric.
  5. Fold 1 cm at each end and stitch across to create a nice tidy edge.
  6. With right side facing you, fold 10cm from one end back over its self, and then fold 23cm from the other end back on itself. You should now have the two ends overlapping by about 3cm.
  7. Pin the fabric and sew along both sides of the fabric (the size I have given allows for 1cm seams), trim threads and clip corners before turning it right way out.
  8. Put your rice pouch in the microwave to heat it up (1 – 2 minutes at 900W should do it.) and slip the rice pouch inside its cover and warm your toes or hands up on it!

Christmas tutorial advent – Flower mobile phone pouch


You will need:

  • Felt for the main cover
  • 3 different colours of felt for your flowers
  • green felt for the flower leafs
  • Cute button
  • Sewing needle & threads
  • Scissors
  • Pattern (above)
  • Your phone or size of the phone you will be making this for
  1. Print off the pattern pieces and cut them out.
  2. Cut out two rectangles of felt that are larger than the size of your phone. Consider the width and length of your phone as well as its depth and add 1/2cm for sewing seam. To make mine I cut out a my felt and pinned it together around my phone and trimmed of a little bit so it fits perfect.
  3. Taking the pattern pieces cut out the three flower shapes and leaf from your felt.
  4. Take the top piece of the felt case and stitch the leafs onto it just left of the middle.
  5. Take the larger of the 3 flowers and stitch it onto the case in the middle
  6. Take the second largers and stitch it on top of the larger flower and repeat with the last smallest felt flower.
  7. To finish off the flower stitch on your cute button over the middle of the flower.
  8. Place the two pieces of felt casing wrong sides together and either running stitch or blanket stitch around the edge leaving one end open to let you slip your phone out.
  9. And its all done 🙂

Christmas tutorial advent – Christmas stocking


You will need

  • Red Felt
  • Decorations, ribbons, buttons, scrap felt etc
  • Sewing needle & thread
  • Scissors
  • Pattern
  1. Print off and cut out the pattern above.
  2. Cut two stocking shapes from your red felt.
  3. Decorate your stocking with scrap felt, buttons, ribbons, what ever you like!
  4. Place the two stocking shapes back to back and do a running stitch around the sides (but not along the top!)
  5. If you want to hang up your stocking add a little ribbon loop to the top right corner.
  6. Leave it out on Christmas Eve and see what Santa leaves you.

Christmas tutorial advent – Felt circle ornament

You will need:

  • About 50 -70 felt squares in lots of pretty colours (2.5cm by 2.5cm)
  • Strong thread & needle
  • Scissors
  1. Cut a piece of thread about 30cm long and thread your needle.
  2. Start threading through the centre of the felt squares mixing up the colours you use as you go.
  3. When you have added all the felt squares to the thread tie the two ends of your thread together tightly.
  4. Add a little bit of ribbon or string to hand your pretty ornament up with.