I’ve really enjoyed making all my Santa themed items over the last few weeks (storage baskets with beardsand without beards), so I decided to do just one more (for now..!) and here it is – a Santa drawstring bag.
This is perfect for gifting things in this Christmas and I already have got a few made so I can pop some gifts into them.
The pattern for this is available over on my Etsyand Ravelryshops.
Now its time to get a move on with my remaining Christmas ideas!
Continuing on from my Christmas Tree makesare these mini stockings, these are great for putting little presents into and they can easily by personalised by sewing a name onto them. Added bonus with these is they are quick to make – perfect for any last minute gifts.
I made these using Christmas Birdhouse fabric by The Craft Cotton Company.
Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.
Mini Fabric Stocking Tutorial:
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.
Now I have got my sewing Christmas makes (Trees, Stockings) out of the way I have been able to focus on finishing some of the embroidery makes I have been working on over the last few months. First one completed is a embroidered flowers embroidery hoop. The pattern is one I put together using a pattern from Crossstitcher magazine (April 2018). The original pattern was too big to fit in the hoop I was using so I used bits from the pattern to fill the hoop.
I covered the hoop with fabric by sewing strips of 4cm wide fabric together and folding the raw edges inwards, I then wrapped this around the hoop. I created a loop using 2 strips of 20x4cm wide fabric (place pieces right sides together, sew around leaving top edge unsewn, turn out the right way and slip stitch the gap closed).
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!
Since making my tumbling blocks pineapple blanketand pineapple cushion I have had a few more tumbling projects in the works and the first out is this heart cushion. I added some textures to the heart blocks with some bobbles to make them really stand out from the background and give a textured feel and opted to use two different pinks one on the front heart and one on the back, though you could do them both the same if you preferred.
Pattern for this is now available on my Etsy and Ravelry shops.