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Christmas is Coming! Fabric Angel

This is a simple Christmas craft that is fun to do on your own or with a group of craft enthusiasts. A great decoration for around the house or a unique Christmas gift for a special friend.

Here is what you will need – fabric (natural homespun or calico), Christmas fabrics, stuffing, buttons, assorted ribbon, wool, batting, blush and a fine art line. Most of this you can purchase at Spotlight or Lincraft.

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Download my pattern to make a template out of paper or plastic sheeting. You will need a template for the angel body and wings

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Double the fabric by folding the natural homespun or calico in half and ironing flat. Draw around angel body template with erasable fabric pen

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Pin to hold 2 layers together

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Sew carefully along line with sewing machine. Leave bottom edge open

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Carefully cut along sewn edge leaving about a 1/2cm seam allowance

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Turn angel body right side out.

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Gently stuff body with fibre fill until it is quite firm. I have a stuffing tool which is quite handy but you can use a blunt, thin object to help (large knitting needles, end of large paint brush etc)

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Fill body to the desired firmness.

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Stitch along bottom edge with a running stitch

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When you have stitched all the way around pull thread gently to gather bottom edge together. Close opening and secure gathers with a few stitches.

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Cut 2 pieces of your chosen Christmas fabric – a large piece 35cm x 9 cm and a smaller piece 25cm x 6cm.

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With the larger piece, evenly stitch a running stitch along one long edge from one end to the other, leaving a tail of thread at each end.

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Gently pull the threads at each end to gather the fabric to form skirt.

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Place on angel body and tie the two ends together so that skirt is firmly held around doll. See photos for placement. If skirt is not holding in place securely just dab a bit of glue at back to hold in place

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Using the wing template as a guide cut out 2 pieces of contrast Christmas fabric leaving plenty of room around template. Use a piece of this fabric to cut out a piece of batting the same size.

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Trace around the wing template onto the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces with an erasable fabric pen

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Place the fabric with wings pattern onto the other piece of fabric right sides together. Then place 2 layers on top of batting

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Pin and sew carefully along line with sewing machine. No need to leave an opening.

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Cut out leaving a 1/2cm seam allowance around sewing line.

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Pinch and rub double layer of fabric to separate layers and cut a small hole in top layer only, in the middle area of the wings. Gently snip up the middle of the wings. See photos below

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Turn wings right side out through the hole using a blunt, thin object to help with pushing out edges.

Iron edges and seams flat

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Top stitch along edge all the way around the wings

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Now to make arms. Fold smaller piece of Christmas fabric in half, wrong sided together and iron. Stitch along long edge and also stitch one short edge. Leave one side open.

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Use a thin object like a large knitting needle to turn right side out. Check out this YouTube video for a technique for turning very narrow tubes right sides out.

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Iron flat

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Tie a knot about half way along the strip

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Cut a thin piece of ribbon about 25-30cm long

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Fold in half and tie a knot at the end

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It is now time to start gluing the pieces together.

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With glue gun attach looped ribbon to back of angel. Position at top of skirt, attaching the ribbon at the knot.

Now attach the arms so that they are positioned on top of skirt and knot is at centre front. Glue in position at top of skirt back, using glue gun. See photo below.

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Your angel should look something like this

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Now attach the wings but running glue along the opening and placing in position on the back of the angel in central position

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To make the hair, wind wool around your fingers about 4-5 times. Cut.

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Cut another piece of wool about 10cm long

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Tie this extra piece around the middle of looped wool. Trim excess

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Glue to top of angel body with glue gun

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Tie a bow with thicker ribbon. Trim

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Glue to front top of skirt and add a button.

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Draw the face onto the angel body with a fine art line. See pattern sheet for some ideas

Apply blush to cheeks with cotton bud

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Your Angel is now complete. Have fun

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Cristmas is Coming! Homemade Christmas Stocking

Here is a simple machine sewing craft you can complete in a few hours or less. I just purchased some fat flat bundles from Spotlight for this project. The Christmas fabrics are so beautiful it was hard to choose. You will also need some felt and large rick rack to embellish

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Download my pattern and make a template out of paper or template plastic. The pattern is in 2 parts so you will need to attach the 2 peices together with tape along the dotted line as indicated.

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Using your stocking pattern as a guide cut out a rectangular piece of fabric with plenty of room around your template. Cut out 2 pieces of felt the same size

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Place your fabrics in this order – felt, fabric, felt (the fabric is sandwiched between the 2 peices of felt)

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Draw around the pattern accurately with an erasable fabric marker

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Pin layers together

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Machine sew along line all the way around stocking leaving top open

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Cut away excess fabric leaving about 1/2 cm seam allowance.

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Attach rick rack to top of stocking about 2 and 1/2cm from top edge, pinning in place all the way around. Pin seam flat against single felt back (see picture below)

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Machine stitch rick rack in place with matching cotton

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Cut another piece of rick rack about 20cm long

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Fold in half and pin raw edges in place along side seam of stocking about 6cm from top edge. See picture below to check placement. Stitch in place with sewing machine

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Turn stocking right side out and fold over top edge. Iron seams flat. Be careful that you don’t scorch the felt with the iron.

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Your stocking is now ready to fill with presents and hang up! Use different fabrics and rick rack to make a differnt one for each family member. Have fun!

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Christmas is Coming! ‘FFB’ Christmas Tote Gift Bag

Hello everyone. Here is another repeat idea from a previous blog but with a Christmas theme. I just can’t resist all the beautiful Christmas fabrics that come out at this time of year!

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The ‘FFB’ (Fat Flat Bundle) as they are often called in stores is made up of 5 or 6 pieces of fabric each measuring around 45cm x 55cm. Measurements will vary – some will be 50cm x 54xm others 49cm x 52cm, however it doesn’t matter for this project, you will just end up with slightly different size bags.

They are not only easy to make but can be very useful. I like the idea of using them to ‘wrap’ a gift instead of using wrapping paper.The bag can then be used by the recipient to carry and store their new gift. Much more useful, innovative and eco friendly than using wrapping paper. You could use it to wrap your unique, homemade baby gift this Christmas. Here are some examples

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Here is how you make them. First you need to choose your fabric – try and choose fabrics where the patterns are facing all directions, so you don’t need to worry about them being the right way up on your finished product.

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Christmas is Coming! – Christmas Baby Bib

Hey everyone! This is a really simple machine sewing project for beginners sewers but also a great, quick and easy project for the more experienced sewers out there. Makes a great Christmas gift tor the new baby! This is a repeat on a previous blog but with a Christmas theme! I just love all the beautiful fabrics you can get at this time of year!!

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They don’t need much fabric so I have used up a lot of my quilting scraps for this project. The backing is made of toweling so it makes them nice and soft and absorbent. You can purchase this on the roll at Spotlight or any fabric store, however I just purchased some cheap towels from the supermarket or department stores. If you use a darker colour they wont show up stains as easy. I just bought these at Spotlight the other day. They will often have out of season towels on sale

You will need a piece of cotton fabric and toweling ~25cm x 35cm and 2 large press studs to complete this project. And of course you need the pattern – please click here to download it for free.

Here are the instructions on how to make this quick and easy bib…. Continue reading “Christmas is Coming! – Christmas Baby Bib”

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‘Flat Fat Bundle’ (FFB) Draw String Gift Bag

Hello everyone. Here is another simple machine sewing idea that’s cute as well as useful. I am always attracted to all those beautiful bundles of fabric where each piece is already cut to size and you don’t have to worry about deciding on colours because all that is done for you. They are great for quilting and applique projects but also perfect for making small, easy projects like this one.

The ‘FFB’ (Fat Flat Bundle) as they are often called in stores is made up of 5 or 6 pieces of fabric each measuring around 45cm x 55cm. Measurements will vary – some will be 50cm x 54xm others 49cm x 52cm, however it doesn’t matter for this project, you will just end up with slightly different size bags.

They are not only easy to make but can be very useful. I like the idea of using them to ‘wrap’ a gift instead of using wrapping paper. The bag can then be used by the recipient to carry and store their new gift. Much more useful, innovative and eco friendly than using wrapping paper. Here are some pics of gift ideas you could use the bags for – great to hold gifts for adults, babies, boys and girls. And great to hold the gift for any occasion – birthdays, baby showers, kitchen teas, thank yous etc etc

Here is how you make them. First you need to choose your fabric – try and choose fabrics where the patterns are facing all directions, so you don’t need to worry about them being the right way up on your finished product.

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Bird/ Owl Wall Hanging Part 2

Here are the instructions for the Bird Hanging. It is very simple just like the owl but there are some differences so here are some step by step instructions to help you out. If you need a pattern you can purchase and download mine.

Make your templates using my pattern or your own with plastic sheeting or card board. You will need 2 pattern pieces for the body and the wing

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Simple Pom Pom Flag Bunting

Hello everyone,

Here us a another simple sewing craft from my Craft Room with a Pattern to Download if you need it. A great way to add some decoration for a special celebration or just to brighten up one of the kids rooms. The style and look you want to create is only limited by your imagination. I have kept to a bright, floral theme but you could pick a more pastel palette to decorate for a baby shower or baby room.

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So here is what you need – a range of fabrics, Pom Pom garland and some twine. You will also need a sewing machine and scissors.

Here are the instructions on how you make the flags:

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Hippy Bunting – Simple Sewing with the Overlocker

This is a great craft if you have an overlocker. I purchased one late last year from ALDI for a good price. Its a Janome so I think it was a good buy. I’m not really a clothes sewer so I’m always on the look out for crafty ideas where I can use my new toy!

With bunting being so popular but also so fiddly to make I started to play around with the idea of trying to make it with my overlocker. With sewing and cutting happening at the same time I thought that trying it this way would cut out a few of the time consuming steps. This project is also a great way to get rid of all those scraps of material you don’t know what to do with.

So this is how I made this bunting, ‘overlocker style’. Continue reading “Hippy Bunting – Simple Sewing with the Overlocker”

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Paper Doily Bunting

This effective decorating idea is cheap and easy to make. Great idea for decorating ta room for all kinds of events – parties, baby showers, kitchen teas etc. I have made them to decorate a church hall for a women’s event recently –  just to give the space that feminine touch! Continue reading “Paper Doily Bunting”