Fun! With! Felt! Celebrating the holidays with Simplicity – Pt 2

Oooh Christmas is getting nearer! I don’t know about you but I’m humming silly festive tunes, wrapping gifts and gravitating to foods with ginger or cranberry in them.

As you know I’m sewing up various items from Simplicity 1516.

First it was the Christmas ornaments… now a lovely Christmas stocking.

In case you’ve forgotten, this pattern includes templates for the following festive felt decorations: a tree skirt with happy characters, a stocking with pocket, and hanging ornament animals including a squirrel, bear, fox, snowman, moose and owl. There’s also the suggestion to turn the animals into wall hangings.

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(The plan was to show you the tree skirt next but I’m sorry, my parents haven’t got their tree up yet so you’ll have to wait to see it in all its cheeky glory.)

So… Stockings!

You might say, why do I need a pattern for a stocking? Well doesn’t it just take all of the hassle out of the measuring and thinking out the instructions?

My stocking is made from red and green felt. I love the pocket and cuff; I feel like they add a simple charm to the finished item. For me, the template creates a good size stocking that I have filled with three medium gifts (one in the little pocket).

I also added white scallop topstitching which is one of the few decorative stitches my machine has. There is a velvet ribbon hanging loop that is caught in the cuff seam securely.

And finally I personalised my stocking for its recipient by adding a monogram; as this will hold the gifts I’ve got for my Brother’s girlfriend.

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I think this is super cute and only took me 20 mins to make. And actually, I stopped to make a cup of hot Ribena in the middle of construction so probably less than that! The instructions are clear and consise and produce a neat finish on the cuff and pocket. If I have time, I might rustle up a few more.

What do you think? Are you making a stocking this year?

Now I’m off to quietly hum “All I Want For Christmas” and hope my fella doesn’t hear me. That’s the Christmas song he hates the most!

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Fun! With! Felt! Celebrating the holidays with Simplicity – Pt 1

That’s right, I’ve been having Fun! With! Felt!

In my head I’m saying this like Sheldon’s intro to “Fun With Flags“.

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Simplicity got in touch with me to see if I wanted to help spread some festive cheer. I was allowed to pick any of their holiday-themed patterns to sew and I’m here to share the results with you all.

I was so close to picking Simplicity 2495 – but I got scared of showing my terrible embroidery skills.

Instead I went for Simplicity 1516!

I’m going to show you my makes over two posts. Today I’ve got the cutest Christmas Tree Ornaments to show you.

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This pattern includes templates for the following festive felt decorations: a tree skirt with snowflakes and happy characters, a stocking with pocket, and hanging ornament animals including a squirrel, bear, fox, snowman, moose and owl. There’s also the suggestion to turn the animals into wall hangings.

First up – Mr Snowman! With cute coal eyes/buttons and a carrot nose. I especially love the stick arms.

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Next, Fantastic Mr Fox! With shifty fox eyes and nifty fox feet. This might be my favourite.

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Now because I don’t like to follow rules you’ll see I’ve made a few adjustments.

Here is Gobblett the Turkey! I made him using the body and eyes of the squirrel. The feet are the arms of the snowman. I drafted the tail fan, beak and wattle.

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Finally here is Rudolph! This is the body, nose, eyes and antlers of the moose but with a self drafted belly and red nose. I also tweaked the shape of the antlers a smidge.

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All these characters were made with felt, pva and machine stitching, though they could easily have been hand-stitched. I used wadding to plump them out a little but they barely took any stuffing.

All the arms, legs and ears are caught between the two layers of ornaments so they look as good from the back as they do the front.

The beauty of these little critters is that they can be a completely child-friendly make. What kid wouldn’t like to sit at a table and make animal ornaments with goofy faces?! A supervising adult could help stitch them up and then pass back to the kids for stuffing. If your child is a little older and trustworthy, they could quickly use a running or blanket stitch round the outside to assemble the bodies.

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The patterns pieces are colour coded (see above – 10s, 11s and 12s) so you know which pieces need to be cut out of black, white, etc. Everything small is provided twice to cut single-fold, so you get two mirrored feet, antlers, etc. Word of warning: the eyes, pupils, and nostrils are pretty darn small and you could probably just wing them freehand.

Soon I’ll be back to show you the stocking I’ve made to put some small gifts in for my family and a tree skirt that will be going round my parents Christmas tree (rather than my hilarious small one).

What do you think? Are you smitten? Or not a fan of felt ornaments?

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