Christmas Mini Stockings

Continuing on from my Christmas Tree makes are these mini stockings, these are great  for putting little presents into and they can easily by personalised by sewing a name onto them.

I made these using Christmas Birdhouse fabric by The Craft Cotton Company.

To make a stocking:

Cut out a paper template the size you want your stocking to be, then cut out 4 pieces of fabric in two different colours to give you a front and back in one colour and a front and back lining piece in another colour.  Cut out two pieces of batting the same size.

Cut out 2 pieces of fabric 4 x 28cm to make the loop.  Place these two pieces right sides together sew around leaving the top edge unsewn.  turn out the right way.

Place a piece of batting down then the back piece right side up on top, fold the loop in half and place with its raw edges against the raw edges of the side of the stocking,  followed by the right side down front piece and a final piece of batting.  Sew around leaving the top unsewn.  Turn out the right way.

Take the lining pieces and place right side together and sew around leaving the top edge unsewn.

Place the lining inside the stocking and fold the top edge of the stocking inwards by 1 cm and the lining outwards by 1cm, slip stitch around to secure.

Fabric Christmas Tree Decorations

Its that time of year where it all gets a little manic as I realise theres not long left for me to finish off all my Christmas present makes, no mater how early I start I always seem to end up at this stage with me looking at the calendar wondering if I will actually manage to get them all finished.  Luckily I have always managed to finish just in time – although i have been known to be frantically finishing off an item on Christmas Eve ready for the next day!

I have got most of the Elf gift bags finished, and I have now decided to focus on some of my sewing Christmas makes.  First up is a fabric Christmas tree, these are perfect presents if you are needing to post them as they are nice and flat so are easy to post without having to box everything up.

I made these using fat quarters from the Christmas Birdhouse  and Essential trends (red) fat quarter sets by The Craft Cotton Company.

To make one tree you will need:

2 pieces of fabric:

5×5 cm, 7×7 cm, 9×9 cm, 11×11 cm, 13×13 cm, 4x5cm.

10 cm ribbon.

5 buttons.

Take each of the two pieces and placing right sides together sew around leaving a gap for turning.  Turn out the right way, press and slip stitch the gap closed.

Lay the square pieces out so each one is lying on top of the largest square, then starting with the smallest square fold up the bottom point and sew to secure.  Next sew a button onto the folded up part of the square.  Repeat with the remaining squares.

Take the rectangular piece and place on the back of the largest square 1cm up from the base and in the middle and slip stitch along the top edge of the rectangle to secure.

Take the ribbon, fold in half place on the back of the smallest square 1cm from the top point and sew to secure.

Crochet Elf drawstring bag

After making my Crochet Elf Storage baskets I had an idea to make an Elf drawstring bag for some of my other Christmas presents to go into, I always seem to use paper gift bags at Christmas when gifting and decided to go for something a bit different this year. I also seem to have acquired a mass of green and red wool (I’m sure wool sneaks in overnight!) so these makes will be perfect for using some of it up!

The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookStitchSew

Crochet elf storage baskets

Add a bit of a Christmas theme to your storage with these Elf storage baskets.

These Elf baskets came from an idea I had for gifting this year as I thought they would be perfect for putting a gift inside such as sweets or any other loose items – rather than a basket hamper you can have an Elf hamper!

Pattern in available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/

Christmas is rapidly approaching, crochet can/bottle covers at the ready!

I can’t believe how quickly this year seems to be going, doesn’t seem to minutes ago I was getting ready for Easter and now the focus is on Christmas.

After making my Halloween bottle/can covers I made a note to make some for Christmas too and I have finally got round to getting some made. I still have a few more ideas for these so won’t be long until a few more pop up!

The pattern to make these is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookStitchSew

Christmas chair bows

Make a room even more Christmassy with a Christmas fabric chair bow. Added bonus with these are they are quick and easy to make – perfect when Christmas is getting so close.

These were made using the Christmas Birdhouse fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company.

The tutorial to make your own is available over on their blog:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/home/page/1

Button overload with the christmas presents makes this year! Just a few button cushions….

Each year I tend to follow a theme for my Christmas present makes, from crochet coasters, embroidered cushions and patchwork quilts

IMG_2165This year after realising I could no longer ignore the bursting state of my button box I decided to tackle the issue by making some button themed cushion covers for christmas gifts.   the only downside to this brilliant idea I had was this I slightly underestimated how many buttons I would need and despite having enough buttons to fill a small room I ran out of the colours I was needing so  had to go and buy more to finish them all off…..typical! So now despite making a slight dent in the button mountain I have added some more back in from the leftovers I had after finishing the cushions!

The 3 pictured here were just the beginning…..

To make these cushions I used fabric quarter sets by The Craft Cotton Company in Ombre Trends (green, pink, and blue) and Gold Metallic. I used one fat quarter piece to make the front cushion piece and two more of the fat quarters folded in half to make the two back pieces of the envelope cushion.  Then I sewed my button detail onto the front by drawing the star or heart outline onto a piece of paper and pinning this to the middle of the fabric. I then sewed on the buttons within the outline.  Once I had filled in the outlined area I tore off the paper, which left the buttons behind.

I then placed the button front right side up and placed the two folded fat quarters slightly overlapped on top of this, trimmed any excess then sewed around the edges.  Next I turned the pillow the right way around and sewed a binding around the edge of the pillow which I made from strips of the ombre trends fabric, first sewing the binding around the front placing the raw edge of the binding against the edge of the pillow,  the binding was then folded around to the back and sewed to secure.

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Bringing in some magic this Christmas is a very majestic Crochet unicorn 

I thought I was pretty much on top of all the Christmas makes I have left this year, that is until I saw a unicorn uploaded by Toft on Instagram and I suddenly realised I had overlooked a make on my list – a unicorn for a friends little girl. 

Sheer panic started to develop as I didn’t know if I had enough time to make it for passing presents over his weekend. Luckily I had already bought the wool and put it to one side so I could get started straight away and the pattern was from one of my favourite crochet books – Edwards’s menagerie by Kerry Lord. The unicorn is put together using the pattern for the horse with a horn from the highland cow for the unicorn horn – I saw this modification online a while back on their website (http://edwardsmenagerie.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/chardonnay-mythical-cousin-chablis.html?m=1) and knew it would be perfect for what I was wanting to make. 
After some frantic hours of crocheting I finished this little cutie late on Friday – just in time to get pictures and wrap early on Saturday before it went off to go under my friends tree….phew! 
Hopefully I have no more makes that have been forgotten about…….

Time for Another Christmas project to make a sneaky appearance…

Following on from my 3D Christmas trees are some little mini stocking cutlery holders. These will be perfect for a Christmas table setting. You could also use these to go on bunting, for putting little sweetie gifts in or anything where you require a cute little stocking.  
These were made as part of a tutorial for The Craft Cotton Company, and is available over on their blog for free: 
http://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

Loved using the very cute Stag canvas fabric by The Craft Cotton Company for these.