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Felt + Buttons = Christmas

I love making my own crafty things, it is so rewarding. I like sewing and with Christmas only 2 months away (i know, it comes as a shock every year) it did seem a bit excessive to put up my Christmas tree so soon, so I decided to satisfy my Christmas craving by making my own decorations.

Off I went to Hobbycraft and after spending a good half hour there I decided on dark brown (xmas pud), light brown (gingerbread man), green (xmas tree) and white (snowball). After some poor attempts at free style cutting of a Christmas tree out of the green felt, I found my gingerbread man cookie cutter and with great success had my shapes:

Felt gingerbread man

I also bought this ‘tub-o-buttons’ from Hobbycraft. It wasn’t expensive and contains loads of random buttons that are ideal for the finishing touches for my decorations.

Buttons

For this gingerbread man I chose two matching red buttons and sewed them onto his tummy. I then attempted to stitch a smile an eyes using black thread, not ideal but as he is only 2 inches tall this seemed my only option. Thicker thread would have been better. After cutting a short length of thin red ribbon to hang him up by, I stitched the 2 gingerbread men shapes together round the edges with thick red thread and stuffed him with cotton wool as i went, and hey presto, my first decoration!

Festive gingerbread man

After the gingerbread man success there was no stopping me that evening. I then made a xmas pudding and a snowball (i think) with buttons (festive colours at least).

Festive felt decorations

I persevered and made a tree and a snowman. However, the snowman does look like a bird (i forgot his smile) and his eyes may be a touch on the large side! But I’ve learnt what I can do better foe next time.

Felt Christmas Tree

Felt snowman

I hope you all like my decorations and I’ll probably have made five more by the time you read this.

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