The holidays are here, like it or not it’s time to deck the halls and stand in check out lines. Decorating and wrapping gifts can take up so much time, and making new Christmas decorations might be out of the question for you as of now, but don’t cross it off your list just yet, here is a fun, easy and not very time consuming project that will be a great decoration for years to come.
For this simple tutorial all you will need is
1 large embroidery hoop, you can pick what ever size you want but I chose a 14″ hoop.
3 yards of fabric of your choice, I chose 6 different prints and got 1/2 yard of each.
A pair of scissors
First strip the fabric in 2″-3″ strips and then cut the strips into fourths, this does not have to be perfect, the more variation the more fun of a look you will get.
After you have all your strips together, simply tie the strips onto the embroidery hoop in any order you like and that’s it!
So simple and fun, this is a great craft to do with kids and also makes a great gift.
Here is another quick and easy holiday gift idea: handmade coin purse! These coin purses are easy to make and super cute! Best of all, they don’t take much fabric! You can get away with using a couple of fat quarters or some scraps from your fabric stash!
* 1/2 yard Echino hipster deer fabric in mustard for the outside
* 1/2 yard Dear Stella double dot in mustard for the lining
* E6000 glue
To create the pattern you need, you will first trace your purse frame, then add about 1/4″ seam allowance around the top. You will also need to mark 3/8″ after the hinges on either side.Once you have the top drawn, free hand the shape of the body of the coin purse, the wider the sides the more poof you will have.
Cut two pieces of the outer material and the lining material.
Pin with right sides together.
Sew up the sides, stopping at the hinge marks
Insert outer fabric in to lining with right sides together. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew all around the top leaving about a 2″ opening on one side. Turn inside out, tucking the lining inside, then stitch the gap closed.
Time to glue the frame! Using a toothpick (or some kind of spreading tool), dab E600 glue inside the groove of your purse frame. I glued one side at a time in order to keep things neat (or at least try to, haha).
Once your glue is in place, wedge your fabric in to the groove. It’s ok if there is some glue that spills out, you can easily wipe it up.
Let your glue dry, and you are all finished! Cute, simple, and easy holiday gift! What’s not to love!
Decorating the Christmas tree is an important ritual for my family. We all gather wearing itchy Santa hats and sipping hot cocoa while my father plays festive songs on the piano and we all sing out of key while meticulously placing ornaments on our carefully chosen tree. In our family, however, the most prized ornaments are not the fancy hand-blown glass kind, but rather he home-made ones. Cork reindeer, family photos and salt dough angels are our most cherished. Now that I don’t live in the family home, I wanted to create some hand-made ornaments to decorate my own tree, which resulted in these traditionally inspired modern felt ornaments that use the often-neglected decorative stitches on your machine and some tinsel-like metallic thread.
Draw your desired ornaments shape on a piece of paper and cut it our to use as your template. I made mine in the shape of a tear drop traditional glass ornament. You can be creative with your shapes and use household objects such as glasses and cookie cutters to create fun shapes like circles, gingerbread men and trees. Just remember to add a “tab” to the top of the ornament to represent the metal cap on glass ornaments.
Mark with pins on your felt square the area in which you want to keep your stitching so that you don’t cut out any cool details later
Start Stitching! I used a variety of decorative stitches that came with my machine to create designs, but straight stitches and zig-zags look good too! Use patterns of stitches next to each other to create fun patterns all the way down the length of your felt square. Your stitches don’t have to be parallel either. Criss-cross many straight stitches for a fun abstract look. This is the most fun part!
Using your template as a guide cut your felt square in two. The non-stitched part of the square will be used as a backing later. Then cut a strip of wonder-under to match your stitched segment. Iron the Wonder Under to the stitched segment of felt making sure that the fusible web is against the felt and that the parchment is against your iron.
Trace your template onto the parchment fitting in as many as you can whilst avoiding any imperfect stitching that may have occurred due to bobbin-reloading or lost tension.
Cut out your ornament shapes and carefully peel off the parchment starting at the top of the ornament. If you’re having difficulties removing the parchment, iron the ornament for longer.
The fusible backing now attached to the ornament should be visible.
Cut 4″-5″ lengths of your embroidery floss or ribbon and place them in-between your ornament fronts and un-stitched backing (left-over from step 3) and iron the ornament fronts to the backing, fusing your loops in. A pressing cloth might be useful for protecting your felt and stitching. You can use a scrap piece of cotton or dish towel.
Cut your almost-done ornament from the backing piece of felt. You will have a stitched front with a clean solid backing and a loop for hanging fused in-between.
Cut small pieces of grey felt slightly larger than your top tab and attach these to the top of your ornament, either with glue or more Wonder Under.
You’re all done! Allow glue to dry or your fusible web to cool and then hang your hand-crafted ornaments on the tree while sipping hot cocoa and making holiday memories. These also make great gift tags for your hand made gifts!
The holidays are getting closer and I am always looking for quick and easy gift ideas. Infinity scarfs are all the rage and they are so easy to make! I decided to spice it up a little by using some unique fabric and lace. I cut out parts of the fabric to the lace would really stand out. There are unlimited possibilities to style and looks for infinity scarves so get creative! Your family and friends will love you for it.
Machine: I used both my serger and straight stitch machine.
The wider the fabric is the longer the infinity scarf will be so it is best to use a fabric that is at least 56″ wide. If you have your heart set on a 45″ wide fabric just get twice the amount and piece it together.
Pin the two fabric panels together with right sides out. Use lots of pins so they don’t move around too much.
Using a small zig zag stitch follow the design of the lace where you want to create your cut out look. I cut out every other panel.
Very carefuly cut the knit fabric away right behind the stitching. It is really easy to accidently cut the lace so make sure to be very careful.
Finish the edges of your scarf. Use an overlock stitch, zig zag stitch or rolled hem if you have a regular machine. Serge the edges or use coverstitch if you have a serger.
With right sides together sew the ends of the scarf together and you are all done! Wasn’t that so easy!
Julia loved working on this pattern because it looks really complicated and impressive, but in actuality it is pretty easy! She said that it was mainly time consuming because of all the piecing, but is still a great pattern for beginning quilters. Julia has already inspired a few coworkers to start their own quilts, and we can’t wait to see their finished products!
Julia is going to give the quilt to her mother for Christmas! Quilts make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season, not only are they beautiful and super thoughtful but they are useful too! We have a few fun and free quilt patterns in our free stuff section, we also have a great selection of quilt patterns for sale.