Sewing Tutorial: Quick Make Christmas Large Holly Decoration, Complete With Pom Pom Detail

This large Christmas holly decoration is a perfect last minute sewing make

I always end up near Christmas in a frantic rush as I have forgotten to make something or something will happen that I need a make for, this year I am ahead and I have made a couple of extra things that I can use if needed. First up is a large Christmas holly decoration – I have had something like this in mind for a while now and am really happy I have finally managed to get one made. This is perfect if your needed a last minute make as it does’t take long to put together and can be made using leftover fabrics.

I made this using some leftover fabrics from the Colourful Christmas fat quarters set gifted to me by The Craft Cotton Company – The rest of the fat quarter set was used to make a Christmas themed tutorial for their blog.

Large Christmas Holly decoration:

Materials:

  • 2 Fabric fat quarters, you could also join smaller fabric pieces together to make a patchwork holly.
  • A4 piece of paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Thread.
  • Needle.
  • Pins.
  • Red wool.
  • 3.5cm pom pom maker, or two pieces of card with a 3.5cm diameter.

Making the Christmas holly decoration:

Step 1: Take the paper and pencil and draw out a large holly shape, cut out to make your template and then use to cut out 4 pieces of fabric leaving a 0.5 cm seam allowance. Make sure when cutting that the front pieces are cut with the fabric facing right side up and for the back pieces that the fabric is paced right side down. This will give you two front and two back pieces.

Step 2: Take a front and back piece and place right sides together, sew around leaving a 6cm gap for turning. Turn out the right way and sew the gap closed. Repeat with the remaining front and back piece.

Step 3: Add detail to the leaves by sewing a line down the middle of the leaf and then add some extra lines starting from the middle line and going out towards the edges.

Step 4: Place the leaves together with one slightly over-lapping the other and sew along the edges to join.

Step5: Make the pom poms using the red wool and the pom pom maker/card circles. Then sew to the holly leaves.

Crochet Elf Christmas Decoration/Mat: Little Christmas Twist On A Triangle Granny – Part 2!

It started with a crochet Santa Christmas decoration based on a granny triangle and next up is an Elf themed version! I have really liked making these decorations/mats – they work up very quickly too so are ideal for any last minute makes/gifts. I still have a couple more of these left to make and will share them over the next few weeks.

Crochet Elf Triangle Christmas Santa Decoration/Mat Instructions

Materials

  • 4.5mm crochet hook.
  • Wool, small amounts (around 25g) of:
    • Pink.
    • Dark pink.
    • Red.
    • Green.
    • Black.

Notes:

  • Change wool colour on the last yo of the previous stitch.

Making the Christmas Elf decoration

Main decoration:

Starting in pink:

ch4, ss into sc at start of row to make a round.

Round 1: Into round: ch3 (counts at a stitch) 2tr/dc, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 2: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr] in next ch2 gap, ch2, change to pink, [3tr/dc , ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 3: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to green, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to red, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to pink, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc,] into next ch2 gap, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2 ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 4: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 3tr/dc into ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to green, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to red, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to pink, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, [ch2, 3tr] into next ch2 gap three times, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 5: ch1 (counts as a stitch) sc into ch2 gap, sc around the edge – changing colours when needed so the sc colour matches the previous round colour, placing an sc into each tr/dc and 2sc into the ch2 gaps, ss into top of ch1 at start of round.

Fasten off.

Eyes:

Black wool:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 4sc into ring. 

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach. 

Sew the eyes onto the decorations. 

Cheeks:

Pink wool:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 4sc into ring. 

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach. 

Sew the cheeks onto the decorations. 

Crochet Santa Christmas Decoration/Mat: Little Christmas Twist On A Triangle Granny

This little Santa decoration is quick and easy to make – perfect for decorating with this Christmas, it would also make a great mini gift or can even add a little extra Christmassy-ness to a gift.

I wanted to combine a Christmas themed make with a Granny square/triangle, and after a drawing out a couple of different ideas it became clear I was focussing towards something using a granny triangle shape. First up to be made was a Santa – complete with beard and pom pom detail, I made sure I added some extra texture to the beard sections so they stood out separately from the hat section!.

This make is perfect for using up leftover wool too.

I still have a few more ideas for these so keep and eye out for a couple more of these triangle decorations over the coming weeks!.

Crochet Granny Triangle Christmas Santa Decoration/Mat Instructions

Materials

  • 4.5mm crochet hook.
  • Wool, small amounts (around 25g) of:
    • Pink.
    • White.
    • Black.
  • 3.5cm pom pom maker/two pieces of card with a 3.5cm diameter.

Notes:

  • Push bobbles out to the front after completion.
  • Change wool colour on the last yo of the previous stitch.

Bobble stitch (bob):

To make the bobble stitch (bob):

(yo, insert hook into ch2 gap, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops – picture 1) 4 times (picture 2), yo then pull through all loops on hook (picture 3).

Picture 1.
Picture 2.
Picture 3.

Making the Christmas Santa decoration

Main decoration:

Starting in pink:

ch4, ss into sc at start of row to make a round.

Round 1: Into round: ch3 (counts at a stitch) 2tr/dc, [ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 2: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, ch2, change to white [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr] in next ch2 gap, change to pink, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 3: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc into ch2 gap, ch2, change to white, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to white, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to pink, ch2, [3tr/dc, change to 2 strands white, ch2, tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, [ch2, tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap twice, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 4: ch3 (counts as a stitch) [bob, tr/dc] into ch2 gap, change to 1 strand of white, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, change to red, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, [3tr/dc, ch2, 3tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, ch2, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to white, 3tr/dc into next ch2 gap, ch2, change to 2 strands of white, [tr/dc, bob, tr, ch2, tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap, [ch2, tr/dc, bob, tr/dc] into next ch2 gap three times, ch2, ss into top of ch3 at start of round.

Round 5: ch1 (counts as a stitch) sc into ch2 gap, sc around the edge – changing colours when needed so the sc colour matches the previous round colour, placing an sc into each tr/dc and 2sc into the ch2 gaps, ss into top of ch1 at start of round.

Fasten off.

Eyes:

Black wool:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 4sc into ring. 

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach. 

Sew the eyes onto the decorations. 

Pom pom:

Make a pom pom using white wool, then attach to the point at the top of the santa hat.

Crochet Christmas Gnome Cushion Pattern Take Two: A Pair Of Christmas Gnomes! (Corner To Corner Crochet)

Since making my previous Christmas gnome corner to corner crochet cushion and gnome wall hanging I’ve been wanting to do a few more variations, however I’ve not had chance to make them yet as I’ve been so busy with other projects.

Finally I’ve had a gap between makes where I can squeeze in a few of these different variations and the first one completed is for a pair of Christmas gnomes – complete with pom poms on their hats!.

I have used different colours for the gnomes but you could always use the same colour for both, and you don’t have to use the blue and green either – they could be any colour you choose.

The pattern for this pair of Christmas gnomes cushion is available now over on my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

Keep an eye out for a few more variations of these Christmas gnomes over the next few weeks!

Sewing Tutorial: Fabric Christmas Tree Decorations – Perfect For A Last Minute Make

These decorations are a perfect quick Christmas sewing make – they also make great gifts.

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 have now decided to focus on some of my sewing Christmas makes.  First up is a fabric Christmas tree, these are perfect presents – especially if you are needing to post them as they are nice and flat.

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

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

There is also another tutorial available for a smaller version of these trees – fabric Christmas trees take 2! As well as one for fabric tree bunting and also a crochet version too!

Christmas Tree Decoration Tutorial

Materials

To make one tree you will need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric for the 5 squares:
    • 5×5 cm, 7×7 cm, 9×9 cm, 11×11 cm, 13×13 cm
  • 2 pieces of fabric for the trunk:
    • 4x5cm.
  • 10 cm ribbon.
  • 5 buttons.

Assembly

  • Take two pieces of the same size and placing right sides together sew around leaving a gap for turning.  Turn out the right way, press and slip stitch the gap closed. Repeat with the remaining pieces, ending up with 5 squares.
  • Lay out the squares on top of each other in size order from largest to smallest.
  • Starting with the smallest square fold up the bottom point and sew to secure, next sew a button onto the folded part of the square. Repeat with the remaining squares.
  • Take the two trunk fabric pieces, and placing right sides together sew down the side, along the bottom and up the other side leaving the top edge unsewn. Turn out the right way, press and slip stitch the gap closed.
  • Sew the trunk onto the back of the largest square 1cm up from the bottom edge.
  • Take the ribbon and fold in half, place on the back of the smallest square 1cm down from the top of the square and sew to secure.

Christmas Rudolph The Reindeer Crochet Cushion Pattern

Last make of the year finally completed – with a little time to spare too, trotting out is a crochet Rudolph reindeer cushion!

I decided not to take on as many Christmas makes this year as the last few years have been a disaster with trying to get everything completed on time and I end up still working on Christmas Eve!. Even though I cut back significantly I have been starting to get a bit worried that I still might not get everything completed in time.

However, my worries were unfounded and I have got the final Christmas make completed – with time to spare which is definitely a first for me! Only downside is all the other jobs I had put on hold to get it finished now need doing with only a few days to go – I better get a move on!.

After completing this cushion its also given me a few more ideas for Christmas cushion makes – these will have to wait until next year!

Pattern for this cushion is now available on my Etsy and Ravelry shops.