Felt Snowmen Décor

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These two frosty fellows are sure to add cheer to your winter décor and brighten even the dreariest of days.

Materials

  • Wood felt: white, 3/8 yd.; red, green, black, 1/8 yd.
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Orange wool roving
  • Buttons: white, 3/8” to 1/2”, six; red, 1/2” to 5/8”, two
  • Black perle cotton, #12

Tools

  • Needles: felting; embroidery
  • Sewing machine and white thread

Directions

Size

7-1/2″ and 10-1/2″ tall

General

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: Use one strand of perle cotton for French knots and running stitches.)

Large Snowman

1. Enlarge pattern 120%. Cut two snowman shapes from white felt, using the lower of two bottom lines for large snowman.

2. Transfer eye and mouth dots to one snowman shape following pattern. Make French knots on dots, wrapping thread around needle three times for each knot. Sew white buttons to dots on body. Roll tiny piece of orange wool roving into circle, place it in center of face, and punch with needle tool to attach for nose.

3. Pin snowman shapes together with right sides facing out. Sew a machine straight stitch around snowman 1/4” from edges, leaving bottom open. Trim seam allowance 1/8” from stitching.

4. Stuff snowman firmly at top and less firm at bottom. Cut 4” circle from white felt. Pin to bottom opening of snowman. Sew running stitch 1/8” from edges of circle and snowman bottom to attach

5. Cut 1”x18” strip from red felt for scarf. Wrap scarf around snowman’s neck and tie on left side. Cut fringe at ends of scarf.

6. To make hat, cut 1-1/2”x4” strip from black felt. Using running stitch, sew short ends together 1/8” from edges to make tube. Cut 1-1/2” circle from black felt. Sew circle around top of felt tube.

7. To make hat brim, cut 2” circle from black felt and cut 1-1/4” circle from center. Sew inside edge of circle to bottom of hat. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat with black thread. Sew hat to top of head to secure it.

Small Snowman

Follow same basic instructions as large snowman, using actual size of pattern and cutting the upper of two bottom lines for small snowman. Cut 3/4”x15” strip from green felt for scarf, and from black felt cut 1”x3-1/2” strip for side of hat, 1-1/8” circle for top, and 1-3/4” circle with 1” circle cut from center for brim. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat.

by Mary Ayres

Die-Cut Ticking Fabric Ornaments

Simple supplies such as red and green ticking fabric purchased at most fabric supply shops lend a charming, rustic feel to handmade ornaments such as these charming stuffed bird ornaments that were cut from a Sizzix BigShot die-cut machine and this beautiful bird die from Brenda Pinnick from Sizzix.

Simply die cut two layers of ticking fabric using the BigShot machine and ticking fabric for each bird ornament.

Fuse red wool felt to webbing and free hand heart shapes with scissors.  Iron in place on front shape.

Use two strands of embroidery floss and cross-stitch edges in place.

For the wing shape, cut a 3” teardrop shape and use it to trace two shapes from natural burlap. Cut the shapes out with scissors.

Use alphabet stamps for a short and sweet sentiment like “joy, “peace” or “noel” and stamp on fused burlap. Cut out sentiment and fuse to one of the burlap wing shapes using an iron and pressing surface. I used tiny alphabet stamps for my sentiments but you can use whatever holiday-themed words you might have on hand.

Sew the muslin in place with black thread and a straight stitch. Place the wrong sides of the wings together and sew 1/4” from ends, leaving a tiny opening for stuffing. Stuff wings with Polyfil Fiberfill Stuffing by Fairfield and sew opening closed.

Repeat this process for the bird. Be careful not to overstuff the bird or it will be difficult to machine sew closed.

Finally adhere the wing to the bird using a fabric glue such as Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. Embellish bird as desired. I adhered a tiny pebble bead for the eye and added some felt die-cut flowers.

 

The possibilities are endless. These birds look sweet hanging from a mantle or even as a special package tag.

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Christmas Tree Pillow

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Add some holiday spirit to your décor with this warm and fun Christmas Tree Pillow. There’s no complicated fabric piecing to tackle. You can make this pillow by simply fusing, then stitching!  

Materials

  • Cotton fabrics: burgundy check, 3⁄8 yard; ivory, 6”x9”; light brown, scrap
  • Green wool felt scrap
  • Pillow form, 12” square
  • Fringed trim, burgundy, 1-1⁄2 yards
  • Flat buttons: off-white, 1⁄2”, four; assorted colors, 3⁄8” to 3⁄4”, four
  • Burgundy embroidery floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Ultrahold Iron-On Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

12″ square

Pillow

1. Print and cut out pattern. Cut pieces from adhesive slightly larger than tree and trunk. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse adhesive to back of green felt and brown fabric. Cut out tree and trunk, adding 1⁄4” to top of trunk as shown on pattern.

2. Remove backing; fuse shapes to center of ivory rectangle, with tree overlapping trunk. Transfer dotted lines to tree. Use three strands floss to blanket stitch around tree as shown.

3. Cut 6”x9” rectangle from adhesive; fuse rectangle to back of ivory rectangle. Cut 5”x8” rectangle from center of ivory rectangle; remove backing.

4. Cut two 12-1⁄2” squares from burgundy-check fabric. Fuse 5”x8” ivory rectangle to center of one burgundy-check square. Use three strands floss to feather stitch along outside edge of rectangle. (Note: If desired, use blanket stitch instead.)

5. Use floss to sew off-white buttons to corners of ivory rectangle and remaining buttons to tree dots.

6. Beginning and ending in a corner, sew trim (with fringe facing toward center) around pillow front, 1⁄4” from edges. With right sides facing, sew pillow front to back along trim stitching, leaving 10” opening along bottom edge. Trim corners; turn pillow right side out. Insert pillow form into opening; hand sew opening closed.

by Mary Ayres

Felt Snowman Bag

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This cozy tote is perfect for all your little essentials. It’s fuzzy. It’s fun. And it’s oh-so-easy to make!

Materials

  • Wool felt: light blue, 1⁄2 yard; white, grey, scraps
  • White flat buttons, 1⁄2″, five
  • Black beads, 1⁄8″, six
  • Bright blue 6-strand embroidery floss
  • Black pearl cotton
  • Cardboard, 2-1⁄2″x8-3⁄4″ (optional)

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Beacon Adhesives Liqui-Fuse

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, clothes dryer

Directions

(Note: Use three strands floss for all blanket stitching and one strand pearl cotton for all stem stitching.)

1. Wet felt; dry in dryer for “crinkly” look. (Note: For best results, wet colors separately and wring out excess water before placing in dryer.)

2. Cut the following light blue rectangles: two 8″x9″ (front and back); two 3″x8″ (sides); 3″x9″ (bottom); two 1″x8″ (handles). Print pattern. Cut snowman (in one piece) from white and scarf from grey.

3. Use Liqui-Fuse to adhere snowman and scarf to front of bag. Transfer details. Blanket stitch around snowman edges and over scarf. Stem stitch mouth and arms. Use pearl cotton to sew beads to eyes, nose, and chest. Use floss to sew button to scarf.

4. Blanket stitch sides to bottom ends and front and back to side/bottom strip with right sides facing out. Blanket stitch across top edges of bag.

5. Fold handle in half lengthwise; blanket stitch along raw edge. Use floss to sew buttons to handle ends, attaching them to top front and back of bag, 2-1⁄2″ from sides.

Tip

To make bag stand, place cardboard rectangle in bottom of bag.

by Mary Ayres

Gingerbread Chef Tea Towel

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Letting you know that “Happiness is Homemade”, this little guy is sure to give your home a warm, inviting feeling this Christmas season.

Materials

  • Rust check dishtowel
  • Cotton fabric scraps: medium brown, off-white, tan
  • Black pearl cotton floss, size 8, one skein
  • Embroidery floss: black, white

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Iron-on Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

10″ tall

Gingerbread Chef

1. Print and cut out pattern. Trace pattern outlines onto paper side of iron-on adhesive. Trace sections separately: one hat, one upper body (head and arms), and so on. Include dashed-line areas for upper and lower body. Cut out adhesive patterns, leaving a narrow border around pattern edges.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse adhesive to wrong sides of fabrics as follows: body to medium brown, hat and apron to off-white, spoon to tan. Cut out shapes. Remove paper backing.

3. Using pattern as placement guide, position shapes on center front of dish towel. Bottom of legs should be 1-7/8” from bottom edge of towel. Hat should overlap head, spoon overlaps arm, and apron overlaps upper and lower body. Fuse shapes to towel.

4. Transfer details to gingerbread chef. Use one strand pearl cotton to blanket stitch around outside edges of all pieces. Use two strands black floss to stem stitch eyes, mouth, and apron straps. Use one strand black floss to stem stitch lettering. Use white floss to make French knots in cheeks. Use three strands white floss to stem stitch icing lines.

Other Options

  • Make a cute kitchen companion. Cut out two solid bodies. Sew together with wrong sides facing, leaving small section open. Turn right side out and stuff with cinnamon-sprinkled fiberfill or spicy gingerbread potpourri; stitch opening closed. Add a mini wooden spoon and chef’s outfit.
  • Applique this little gourmet onto an apron for yourself or a friend.

by Mary Ayres