It’s that time of year again when the Christmas makes are starting, first up are some 3D Christmas trees

I can’t believe it’s that time again already and it’s time to get cracking on with some Christmas makes, it doesn’t seem like two minutes ago I was doing last years! I’m a bit behind already this year – not good, so need to get a move on before I run out of time! 
First up are some 3D Christmas trees which I put together for The Craft Cotton Company, the tutorial to make them is available for free over on their blog: http://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk 

Finished just in time to go on some gifts some sparkly crochet stars 

img_7034I have been having great fun with sparkly wool this year, first making the snowflakes and now making some crochet stars! These stars are some of the last few makes I have to get finished in time for Christmas, and it won’t be long until I can have a well earned rest from frantic making!


This pattern is from:
http://woolnhook.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/free-crochet-star-pattern.html?m=1
To create a hanging loop I also completed a line of 15 chain stitches and sewed this on to one of the points. They were so easy to make and came together really quickly. Luckily I don’t have as many of these to make as I did snowflakes!

Perfect for adding an extra bit of Christmas cheer on bottles this year, a crochet bottle hat! 

I have a few gifts this year which are bottles and wanted something other than a bag to make them look nice and Christmassy, so I decided to crochet a hat to go on top of the bottle. These will look great when gifting but also on the table on Christmas, especially if there are a few bottles together! 
  

Bottle hat pattern 

ch20, slip stitch into first ch to make a round 
Rounds 1-10: changing colour randomly every couple of rows: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 11: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog 3dc, repeat around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 12: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 13: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog 2dc, repeat around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 14-17: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 18: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog dc, repeat around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 19-28: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 29: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, repeat around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 30-34: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Fasten off
Pom Pom – make a small one of these and sew onto the end of the hat. I have discovered on Pinterest a great technique for making small Pom poms using a fork. I was unsure at first but it’s worked brilliantly, it was a great time saver. 
http://www.jellyfishprints.com.au/diy-pom-pom-garland/

   

  

All finished and ready to be sent to some little helpers, some very cute elf hats!

A friend of mine saw these on Pinterest and asked if I could make a couple for her little ones. I couldn’t wait to get them made – they looked so good on the picture! I decided to do them all in one colour with a grey band around the base and a grey Pom Pom rather than in stripes. They came together really quickly and I had no problems with the pattern at all – it is a great pattern, even better that there are two sizes – baby and adult. I opted to do the adult size as I didn’t think the smaller size would fit them. 

Here’s the link to the pattern: 

http://two-little-cs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/elf-hat-crochet-pattern.html?m=1

I can’t wait to see these hats on – I’m looking forward to receiving a picture from my friend with them both wearing them on Christmas Eve! 
I’ve already got requests in from other friends for some of these for next year, at this rate I think I am going to need to get started on my Christmas makes even earlier! 
  
   
 

Perfect for either hanging on the tree or for going on gifts, some crochet snowflakes with some Christmas sparkle 

I wanted to make a few snowflake decorations this year that I could put on my tree and some to go on gifts just to add that little extra something, the recipient can also use them as decorations in future years too. I got some lovely wool which had a sparkle running through it in pink white and yellow and set about making some from patterns I found online and on Pinterest.  

I used a few different patterns for these and the links are below; 

Red heart yarn snowflake patterns, I think these ones were my favourite; 
  
http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW4419.pdf
   
 http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW3704.pdf
This pattern was part of the snowflake appeal, I made a few for this as well as some for my gifts; 

  http://www.bellacoco.co.uk/2015/10/snowflake-appeal-bella-coco.html 
  
http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2014/12/15/crochet-snowflakes/?crlt.pid=camp.I4dih8HTZFSS

I have made quite a few of these, think I might have got a bit carried away! 

   
 
 

Finally, after making them for other people all these years I have finally got round to making my own table runner. I can’t wait for Christmas so I can use it!

I’ve always wanted to make my own table runner, but it has been on the back burner for a few years now as I get so busy around Christmas with gift makes that I just run out of time to make it, and it just doesn’t seem right making a Christmas runner in the summer! I had a spare evening the other day and some material that was just perfect for it so I decided to get it made now while I had the time and before I assigned the fabric to another gift!

I decided to do a patchwork stripe table runner with an organza overlay on one side.  This meant it could be used on either side for a different effect; one just the patchwork stripe pattern, the other a patchwork stripe with a snowflake pattern over the top.

For the fabric I used a fat quarter set from the Craft Cotton Company fabric in stripes and stars along with some of their silver organza with a snowflake pattern.  The Reds and greens in this fat quarter set are just perfect for Christmas and the snowflake pattern of the organza just adds a little more Christmas sparkle, I do love a little sparkle at Christmas!



Christmas table runner 

1 – Cut a piece of grease proof paper 130 cm by 26 cm wide, this is the full size of your table runner.  If you want your table runner to be wider or longer just increase the width or length.  Now cut out one piece of organza from this pattern piece but make sure you leave a 5 mm seam allowance when cutting.


2 – Take the pattern piece and cut into strips of different thicknesses, I chose to do 5, 6, 7, and 8 cm strips.

  
3 – Cut out the fabric using the pattern strips allowing a 5 mm seam allowance when cutting.  You will need to cut two pieces of fabric for each pattern piece so you have one for the front and one for the back.

4 – Sew all of the front strips together length ways, first placing the first two pieces right side together and sewing down the long edge, then placing each subsequent piece right sides together with the previous piece and sewing down the long edge.  Then repeat for the back.


5 – Place the front and back pieces right side together with the organza piece in-between them. Pin, and then sew around the edges leaving half of the top edge unsewn.


6 – Turn the runner right way around and hand sew the unsewn edge closed with a slip stitch.


7 – Give the runner a run over with an iron to flatten it out and square the edges – make sure you don’t iron the organza side or you’ll melt it!

You could make this as long or as wide as you want, all you need to do is make your pattern wider or longer than what I have done.
For more ideas using The Craft Cotton Company fabric, check out their blog with free sewing tutorials:
http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/p/free-patterns.html?m=1

New stocking all set and ready for Christmas, I’m definitely ahead of schedule this year – fingers crossed it stays that way!  

I’m flying ahead with my Christmas makes so far this year, although I have made sure I have started nice and early as last year I ran out of time. This stocking is the companion to another patchwork stripes stocking over on the Hobby craft blog http://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/how-to-make-a-patchwork-stocking/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HobbycraftBlog+%28Hobbycraft+Blog%29 made to replace my rather thread bare stockings which I’m surprised managed to survive last year!


This stocking was made with some very cute penguin themed fabric from a fat quarter set from The Craft Cotton Company. I just love this fabric – how can you not with all those penguins! I decided to use the penguin fabrics on the outside to make sure they took centre stage, and a plainer snowflake pattern for the lining.


I’m really pleased I have managed to get both these stockings finished, they will look great hung out for Christmas optimistically waiting for some presents! I just hoping this successful progress with all these Christmas makes continues!



Materials needed

The Craft Cotton Company Penguin fat quarter bundle

Pins

Scissors

Thread

Batting

Lining fabric

Paper for the pattern

Needle

 

1 – Making the stocking pattern.

Draw a pattern outline for your stocking, making it as big or as small as you like.  I fluted mine out a bit at the top as I like it wider at the top for when folding back.  Make 2 copies of this pattern, one is for the lining, batting lining and batting pieces that will be left whole, and the other is for the front and back fabric patchwork. For this piece cut it into three to make the stocking template.

  
2 – Cutting out the fabric.

Make sure you allow 5mm seam allowance throughout.  Using the whole stocking pattern piece cut out the following; two pieces of fat quarter bundle fabric for the lining, two pieces of batting and two pieces of lining fabric for the batting.  Then, from the 3-sectioned stocking template cut out 2 pieces of fabric for each section (one each for the back front so you’ll have six pieces in total).  Make sure when cutting the sectioned pieces and when using different colours for each side of the lining that you have the patterned side of the fabric facing up for the front pieces and the patterned side down for the back pieces.


  
3 – Sew the three separate stocking pieces together.

Place the bottom and middle front pieces right side together and sew down the seam to join them, and then attach the top and middle pieces by placing right sides together and sewing along the seam.  Repeat for the back.


4 – Next to add the quilting detail.

Place the patterned fabric batting and batting lining together and pin to secure in place.  I chose to add a snowflake detailing using a pre-set stitch on my sewing machine, but you could do zig zags, straight lines or any other patterns that you like.  I went down each of the seams with this stitch detail and then diagonally across each of the sections.  I also chose to use two different thread colours, one light blue for going down the seams and a teal colour for the other lines.


5 – Now to make the hanger.

 

Pick one of the fabrics to make the hanger, I chose to use the green snowflake, and cut a strip measuring 24×6 cm.  Next fold the strip in half with right sides facing and sew along the bottom and up the side leaving the top unsewn.  Turn right way out and you have got your strap.  Before sewing the front and back together, fold the strip in half longways to make the loop and pin to the back piece with the ends of the loop hanging 1cm over the edge of the back piece. I chose to place this 10cm down from the top edge to give enough space once the top edge was turned back over.


  
6- Sewing the front and back together.

 

Pin the front and back pieces together right sides together – the loop will be on the inside.  Now sew the whole way around but leave the top edge unseen.  Turn the right way around.

7 – Making the lining.

Take the front and back lining pieces, place them right sides together, and sew around leaving the top edge unsewn.  This lining can now be inserted into the stocking, to attach to the stocking fold the top of the stocking inward by 1cm and fold 1cm of the stocking lining outwards and slip stitch the two edges together.


Now it’s all set and ready to hang out on Christmas eve!

  

 

For more ideas with the Craft Cotton Co. Fabric check out their free sewing tutorials over on their blog:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CORNAT-KSDSC310-Hologram-Howling-Wolf/dp/B00AZVPNZG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1448392531&sr=8-4&keywords=Howling+wolf+toilet+seat

A fabric gift bag – Perfect for making your Christmas presents stand out from all the other gift bags this year 

Instead of putting my gifts into paper gift bags this year I have decided to do something a bit different, and make some fabric gift bags, what I like about these is the recipient can also use them after Christmas so they act as a little extra part to the gift too!

I use some lovely fabric from the Craft Cotton Company for this, a fat quarter bundle in North Star.

 

Time for me to get cracking on a few more of these, really happy with how it has turned out – you can make these as big or as small as you like. They would be great for awkwardly shaped items that are a nightmare to try and wrap with paper too!


Christmas gift bag tutorial
Materials needed

The Craft Cotton Company fat quarter bundle in North Star

Pins

Scissors

Thread

Paper for the patchwork pattern

Buttons

Needle

Ribbon (tip – you can use the one that came with the fat quarter bundle!)
1 – Making the bag.

Take the fat quarter that you would like to use for the main bag, fold it in half and cut off the bottom part making it 35 cm long. Place the fabric right sides together, and starting 6cm down from the top of the bag sew down the side seam then along the bottom.  Turn the right way around.

Next, with the side seam to the left, and starting on the back piece of the bag, fold in the top edge by 1cm, and then fold over the side edge seam fabric so no raw edges are left at the sides (repeat this process on the front piece).  Now fold over the top edge again, this time folding it in half so it touches where you have already started to sew down the side of the bag. Fold the rest of the top edge in this same way, folding it over 1cm then in half. Pin as you go, then sew along the bottom edge of this folded section to fix in place.
  

 2 – Threading the ribbon drawstring.

 Thread your ribbon through the top of the bag – I used the ribbon that came with the fat quarters. Fold over the raw edge at the end of the ribbon a few times and sew to hide the raw edge.  Repeat for other end.


3 – Making the patchwork Dresden pattern pieces. 

Draw a circle with a diameter approx. 6cm in size – I drew around the bottom of a round tub.  Split the circle into 8 Sections and draw a point 0.5cm out from the edge of the circle in the centre of each section. Draw a line from each of these points to each section line to create the pointed edges around the circle.  Cut out two of these whole templates and split them both into sections, this will give you two sets of template pieces one set for the front and the other for the back.

 

4 – Cutting out the fabric for the patchwork Dresden.

Choosing different colours from the fat quarter set, cut out fabric for each of the pattern pieces, ensuring you leave 0.5 cm of fabric around the template. Now tack the fabric around the template, folding the fabric back over the edge of the paper template. Make sure you put a number on the templates so you know where each piece goes for sewing together. Sew the templates together by placing the pieces right sides together and slip stitching down the seam.


  
  
Now, to make the backing piece for the Dresden, take your second set of template pieces and repeat the above process but instead of using different coloured fabric for each price, us the same fabric for each piece.  Place both completed sides right sides together and slip stitch around the edges, leaving a gap – I left one point section unsewn.  Remove the paper temple pieces, turn the right way, and sew closed the gap with a slip stitch.


  

5 – Attaching the button detail.

Take your button, and sew into the centre of the Dresden.

6 – Attach the Dresden and more button detail.

Place your Dresden on the bag and sew into place, now take some buttons and randomly place and sew onto the bag.

  

This tutorial is also over on the Craft Cotton Company blog, here are some other great makes over on there too.

http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/p/free-patterns.html?m=1

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: 

IMG_3504

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:

IMG_3510

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:

IMG_3515

 

 

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!