Crimble Crafts: Feltie Puds Decorations

Feltie Puds 25Hello Lovelies,

Well, preparation for Christmas is in full swing in our household. I’ve been truffle making like a mad woman, making xmas cards and sewing up these adorable little feltie Christmas pudding tree ornaments. Today, I’m going to show you how to make them. They’re really easy and the technique is similar to the heart decorations I made last year. I like making things with felt and I have started my own little Christmas tradition where I make a different felt ornament each year and hand them out as gifts. I also always make one for our own family tree, so in years to come, I can look back and it will be decorated with lots of lovely little felt things I have hand sewn with love and care.

You Will Need:Feltie Puds 21*Felt sheets in brown, green and white/cream

*Red buttons

*Slim ribbon

*Stuffing

*Paper scissors and fabric scissors

*Needles and pins

*Sewing thread in white, green and red

*Some old card or stiff paper

*Pens and pencils

*Something round to draw around (I used my protractor)

NOTE: I use doubled up thread for all sewing in this project.

What To Do:

1) First you need to make your pudding templates. Use something round to trace the main pudding shape onto your card/paper (you can make these as big or small as you like by the way, which is why there are no measurements*). Draw out a second circle and then sketch in your cream topping shape (it doesn’t have to look perfect). Finally, draw out a holly leaf shape. I was really anal and used a ruler to measure mine out to make it even and symmetrical but you can just freehand it if you like.Feltie Puds 222) Next, use your templates to draw them out onto your felt sheets. The round pudding base goes on the brown (my protractor fitted in six circles on one sheet, which makes three puds). The cream topping onto the cream or white felt and the holly onto the green. Make sure you can easily see your traced shapes. I used a white tailors’ pencil on the brown felt but a white pencil or pen would work just as well. I used pencil on the cream felt and a black biro on the green felt.Feltie Puds 233) Cut out your shapes (with your fabric scissors), making sure to cut just inside the lines so that none of your decorations end up with pen markings on them. Lay out all of your pieces and make sure that you have enough shapes for the amount of puddings you want to make. Each pudding comprises of two pieces of round brown felt, one piece of cream topping and two green holly leaves.Feltie Puds 104) Pin your cream toppings to ONE piece of pud and stitch along the lower dripping edged shape. This will secure the piece in place while adding a little extra detail to the ornament. If you would like to reduce the amount of hand sewing involved, or are in a hurry, you could use a small amount of craft glue or a glue gun to stick them on instead. Just make sure that the pieces are fully dry before continuing onto the next step.Feltie Puds 115) Using your green thread, stitch a line down the center of each holly leaf, again, this is to add a little detail and texture to the pud. Tack two leaves to the center top of each pudding to hold in place.Feltie Puds 136) Sew a red button onto the pudding using your red thread, just where the two leaf edges meet. Make sure it is stitched on securely.Feltie Puds 247) Take a plain piece of brown pudding felt and place it behind the decorated one. Using your white thread and a blanket stitch, sew the two pieces together, leaving a small space at the top of the pud to put the stuffing in and your hanging ribbon.Feltie Puds 168) Smoosh in as much stuffing as you like into the small gap at the top of your pud. You can use the end of a pencil or a chopstick to make sure it’s evenly distributed. Cut a small length of ribbon (about 16cm or so), fold in half and place the ends into the top of the pudding, behind the button. Stitch the hole closed, making sure to catch the ribbon in also.Feltie Puds 179) Et viola! You are done and ready to hang your little feltie pudding on your tree or give it away as a gift. Another nice idea is to drip a little festive smelling aromatherapy oil (frankincense, orange, clove, cinnamon etc) onto the stuffing before putting it in the pud, then it will smell as good as it looks!Feltie Puds 19 Feltie Puds 20So there you go, adorable feltie puds for hanging on the tree. Of course, you don’t have to make puddings, you can make whatever shapes you like. Gingerbread men, reindeer, snowmen, Santa, mistletoe, goodness, loads of options! The technique is pretty much the same each way. Let me know if you make these or any other feltie ornaments inspired by this post. In the meantime, that’s all for today, and as always, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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* The dimensions of the puddings I made are as follows: Pudding diameter 9.5cm, cream topping 4cm at deepest point, holly leaf length 4cm and 2.5cm at widest point. Ribbon cut to 16cm and looped.

Homemade XMas: Clip in Reindeer Antlers

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s tutorial is a bit silly. Something for kids and grown ups alike, clip in reindeer antlers made from felt (I love felt!). I wanted antlers to wear on Christmas day but couldn’t find individual clip in ones anywhere, only ones on headbands, which give me a headache when worn all day. So, I made my own. Here’s what I came up with…

You will need:

A sheet of felt in colour of choice (I went with pale brown).

Scrap paper or card.

Scissors.

Needle and thread.

Pins.

Toy stuffing.

Pen or pencil.

Beading wire (I used 24 gauge).

Wire clippers.

2 strong snap shut hair clips.

Ruler or measureing tape

What to do:

 

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Step 1: Draw out your antler shape on some scrap paper or card. Make a box at the bottom of the antler, a little longer than your hairclip and half it's width.

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Step 2: Cut out 2 pairs of antlers. Pin the felt together to make them easier to cut out.

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Step 3: Use a backstitch or running stitch to sew around the outside edge of the antlers (leaving out the box at the bottom for now).

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It'll look like this.

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Step 4: Use a chopstick to stuff the antlers.

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Make sure you get into all the corners.

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Step 5: Cut a piece of wire that is twice as long as your antler plus an extra 6cm. Fold it in half.

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Step 6: Fold in half again but this time, leave the excess wire out. You'll have two 3cm prongs at the bottom.

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Step 7: Twist the wire together and pull out the prongs at right angles.

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Step 8: Push the wire into the antler.

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Step 9: Bend the ends of the prongs in on themselves so there are no sharp edges.

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Step 10: Stitch together the inside edge of the two rectangles at the bottom of the antlers. This will form the base for your hairclip.

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Step 11: Stitch the wire feet to the base.

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Step 12: Cut two rectangles of felt the same size of the whole base. Stitch one to the bottom of each antler.

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I used a looping stitch to sew the rectangles together.

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Almost finished!

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Step 13: Sew the topside of the hairclip to the base.

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And your're done, they should look like this!

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Step 14: Clip them in (red nose optional).

Antlers 01Antlers 02Antlers 03Antlers 04Antlers 05Antlers 06Antlers 07Antlers 08Antlers 09Antlers 10Antlers 11Antlers 12Antlers 13Antlers 14Antlers 15Antlers 16Step 11: Stitch the top side of the hairclip to the felt base. If your antlers are a little wobbly, run a few stitches from the bottom of the antler and through to the very underside onto the clip to make them stand up more firmly.They'll look something like this.Step 12: Clip them in (red nose optional).

I wanted to add ears to these once they were finished but I didn’t have any dark brown felt to make them. The base of the antlers could be decorated too, with tinsel, fluff, a sprig of holly or even bows! I really want to make more if I have the time next week, maybe in pink. That’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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