Finally Starting To Make Progress With Christmas Makes! Cross Stitch Treat Pockets Are Finally Ready!

I’ve had a craft bag full of half finished Christmas makes for what seems like forever – it’s been gradually getting fuller over the last few months and I haven’t actually managed to get much finished as I keep starting more presents!

Finally I have managed to get a make finished and ready to be wrapped up for gifting this Christmas. These treat pockets are made with a cross stitch front detail pocket using a pattern from Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine and fabric from The Craft Cotton Company.

Now I need to get cracking on finishing the rest of the things in the craft bag – it’s going to be a close one!

Running out of time… only 12 days to go!!

Christmas is rapidly approaching, and despite cracking through numerous projects over the last few weeks, the number I have left seems to be increasing, if anything! Luckily, I think I will just get them all done in time. I have been whizzing through a few small projects over the last few days as these haven’t taken too long to make and I can squeeze in doing them amongst the mountain of other tasks I have on my list to do in preparation for Christmas, At least the tree is up, I just need to remember all the food!

 

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I saw a pattern a while ago in Inside Crochet   magazine (Issue 50) for some blossom potholders and knew I had to make one. I made two in the end, with two different coloured edgings, one in blue and one in green and I choose a white for the base and a pale coral for the blossom. I used a 3.5mm hook for both the holder and the blossom, as I wanted the holder to be a little bit smaller (the pattern used a 4mm for the holder and 3.5mm for the blossoms).

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The pattern was really easy to follow and the holders came together really quickly. The most time consuming part was making all of the blossoms and putting them all on but I think it was definitely worth it and I think they look great! I’m glad I made two; one’s a gift the other is for me!

Mini Christmas hats.

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I have a couple of wooden penguins and ducks that I wanted to decorate this Christmas, as normally they are left bare and I think its about time they received a bit of Christmas joy!

Obviously, these are made to measure for my own ornaments but they can easily be modified to fit any small item.

 

Penguin hat: 

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I chose purple and white for this hat and it is made up of dc (double crochet) stitches working in rounds.

4mm hook

Start with the purple.

  • Create a magic ring, ch1
  • 5 dc into ring (5dc)
  • 2 dc into each stitch (10dc)
  • dc around (10dc)
  • dc around (10dc)
  • 2dc in next stitch 1 dc, repeat 5 times (15dc)
  • dc around (15dc)
  • dc around (15dc)
  • 2dc in next stitch 2dc, 5 times (20dc)
  • 2dc in next stitch 3dc, 5 times (25 dc)
  • dc around (25dc)
  • 2dc in next stitch 4dc, 5 times

Change to white.

  • dc around
  • 2dc in next stitch 5 dc, 5 times (35dc)
  • dc around (35dc)
  • dc around (35dc)
  • 2dc in next stitch 6dc, 5 times (40dc)

Fasten off

Pompom

  • Cut a long strand of white wool, attach to top of the hat
  • Sew loops into the top of the hat (20 in total)
  • Fasten off
  • Cut the top of each loop, and unravel the strands of wool to create a fluffy effect
  • Trim to shape

Turn up bottom of hat.

All finished.

Small duck elf hat:

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I choose a teal green and red colour for this hat, perfect for an elf!

4mm hook

Start with the teal green.

  • Create magic ring, ch1
  • 5 dc into ring (5dc)
  • dc around (5dc)
  • dc around (5dc)
  • dc around (5dc)
  • 2dc in each dc (10dc)
  • dc around (10dc)
  • dc around (10dc)
  • dc around (10dc)
  • dc around (10dc)
  • dc around (10dc)
  • dc around (10dc)
  • dc around (10dc)
  • 2dc in next stitch 1 dc, 5 times (15dc)
  • dc around (15dc)
  • dc around (15dc)
  • dc around (15dc)
  • dc around (15dc)
  • 2dc in next stitch 2dc, 5 times (20dc)
  • dc around (20dc)
  • 2dc in next stitch 3dc, 5 times (25dc)
  • dc around (25dc)
  • dc around (25dc)

Change to red.

  • dc around (25dc)
  • 2dc in next stitch 4dc, 5 times (30dc)
  • dc around (30dc)

Fasten off.

Pompom

  • Cut a long strand of red wool, attach to top of the hat
  • Sew loops into the top of the hat (20 in total)
  • Fasten off
  • Cut the top of each loop, and unravel the strands of wool to create a fluffy effect
  • Trim to shape
  • Fold over top of hat of the hat to create the floppy effect, loosely stitch into place to hold

Turn up bottom of hat.

All finished.

Small floppy hat:

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I chose purple (slightly darker shade) and white for this hat to match up with the penguin purple hat. This hat was completed used trb (trebles) rather than dc stitches.

4mm hook

Start with purple

  • Create a magic loop
  • 5 trb into loop (5trb)
  • 2trb into next stitch, 5 times (10trb)
  • trb around (10trb)
  • trb around (10trb)
  • 2trb into next stitch 1dc, 5 times (15trb)
  • trb around (15trb)
  • trb around (15trb)
  • trb around (15trb)

Change to white

  • 2trb into next stitch 2dc, 5 times (20trb)
  • trb around (20trb)

Fasten off

Pompom

  • Cut a long strand of white wool, attach to top of the hat
  • Sew loops into the top of the hat (20 in total)
  • Fasten off
  • Cut the top of each loop, and unravel the strands of wool to create a fluffy effect
  • Trim to shape
  • Fold over top of hat of the hat to create the floppy effect, loosely stitch into place to hold

Turn up bottom of hat.

All finished.

I think all three hats look really good and will look great once all the other Christmas decorations are up. I might even make some scarfs to go with their hats!

Christmas tree decorations …

I really like felt tree decorations and found a few I wanted to make in some magazines I bought last Christmas. These were put on the list of things to make very early on and were one of the first things I made when the count down to Christmas started. Felt decorations are great little makes and these did not take long to make at all. I can’t wait to get them up on the tree although I have to keep an eye on them as often my visitors are keen to take them home! I think a few of the extras I have made will be going in with some gifts – they also look great with a nametag on presents.

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One of my favourites was the squirrel pattern that I found in a Nordic-inspired booklet that came with Sew Home & Style magazine (issue 53). I used ribbon instead of beads for the hanger, so it could go on the tree, and instead, attached a string of beads to the base of the decoration. I think it looks really cute.

The next three I took inspiration from some similar ones I saw in a magazine last Christmas. These had used buttons and stitching to decorate the felt heart, star and tree shapes, meaning that the decorations were not too plain. I also chose to use contrasting threads and buttons on them so that the detailing would stand out.

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