It is Monday, the start of a new week, and the week that I begin to slowly, slowly decorate the house for Christmas. Pottering about the place in the evenings putting up lights and sorting out the decorations. We purchased our tree on Saturday and if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter (links below) I posted a picture of it yesterday evening. It’s a nice tree and as the weekends leading up to Christmas can occasionally get busy we grabbed the chance to buy it while we were out and about and get it installed in to the living room.
I have a Christmas craft for you to try today if you’d like. This Felt Bauble Garland is a nice ‘sit in front of the telly’ craft. Needs no sewing machine and doesn’t cost a fortune. It’s also a good one if you have children that are old enough to work with a needle and are interested in this sort of thing. Go to town on the decorative front. I chose white felt as the base colour for my baubles as I’m trying to keep everything clean and bright. But you can go with whatever will suit your house.
You also don’t have to stick to my choice of shapes for your baubles. You can go with stars, hearts, moons. Whatever you like. Just have fun!
I decided to have 6 Baubles on my garland but, again, if you have a larger or wider space to fill then you can choose to have more.
- Cut out 6 bauble shapes from card (I used cereal boxes) freehand or using a ruler/compass/upturned bowl. Keep the shapes as simple as you like.
- Next, you will need to cut out 12 pieces (or double the amount of baubles you are making) of felt to cover the card. These felt pieces need to be a tiny bit larger than the pieces of card (see picture above) as you’ll be encasing the card in the felt.
- Make each felt piece approximately half a centimeter larger than the card template, all the way around.
- Decorate the 6 baubles however you fancy (see full picture of my garland for inspiration). I decided to use different colour felt, embroidery thread and a few sequins & beads.
- Now, cut out 6 bauble tops from your choice of felt. I chose to use a beige colour. You need to make sure these rectangle tops are the same size as the felt bauble tops, not the card template tops.
- Once the front of the bauble is decorated & you have your bauble tops cut out you need to sew the pieces of the bauble together. You will need the plain back piece of the bauble, the card, the decorated front piece & the bauble top.
- Sandwich all these pieces together (with the card template in the middle of the two felt pieces & the bauble top at the top), or pin if you like.
- Sew blanket stitch all the way around. If you are unsure how to do blanket stitch then you can find out how to do it here
- Not forgetting to include the bauble top as you work your way around the outside edge.
- As a final step create a loop on the back of the bauble - Sew 2 vertical stitches on the back of your bauble top in the center.
Finish by threading all of your baubles on to some ribbon.
This is a lightweight garland so it can be hung anywhere. I may move mine from the mantle and hang it going up the stairs or perhaps in the kitchen. It would also look great in the kids bedroom and although they’re far too young to get excited about the season they certainly like bright colours.
Have a wonderful start to the week.
Are you ready to get cosy?
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