There must have been spare minutes this week, as I managed not one but three felt decorations.
Honestly I couldn't decide which one to make so pulled out all stops and made them all.
These decorations will be familiar, they're from the pattern All Things Nice. I wanted to save time and try something different and turned them into decorations by adding twisted cord and blanket stitching the edges together; they are needle cases in the pattern. You could try the same thing with the pudding and gift.
The pattern and felt are available from my on-line store.
The Hollyhock Needle Case is one of the projects the girls at the Vintage Retreat received in their goodies bag.
I love working with felt; it's soft, easily tweaked into shape and projects can often be finished without the use of a sewing machine. The needle case can easily be made in a day. Completing it at a workshop though does depend on how much time is spent stitching versus socialising!
Of course I had to make a second one to check the pattern and used my other favourite colours. Please don't ask me to choose!
The morning was been spent making up kits in the two colour ways - Blue Spruce and Pea Soup.
The pattern and kits are available from my on-line store. Click on the links.
One of my projects from the workshop last weekend is a Christmas stitchery called Gift of Joy.
I love lots of things and a framed stitchery is one them. It is such a quick and easy way to finish and display your work. Of course I couldn't resist including a smaller project and thought the birdie perched on the stack of gifts would look cute as a tag.
Sticking to the promise, to make a Christmas decoration each week, I stitched another gift tag. It was prepped and stitched one night and sewn together the next. It could easily be finished in a night. There's a pocket on the back to slip a gift voucher inside. This one is stitched on hanky linen and I used Cotton Mako Ne 12 thread Red 2250 instead of 2260.
I know it is only the third week of my self imposed challenge and not to get too ahead of myself, but I have three decorations. Three more than I normally would at this time of the year!
If you haven't started or need to make something extra, why not start with the tag.
To make it easy I'm having a giveaway!
As well as the pattern, you'll receive a piece of hanky linen to stitch on, two prints and ribbon for the tag.
Leave a comment by Thursday October 15 to enter the draw. There will be only one winner. It can't get much easier than that!
I've been designing quilts and other sewn items for decorating and use around the home, since 2003. I especially love making quick things and gifting them to family and friends. My favourite techniques include needle turn and felt appliqué, stitching, hand and machine piecing. I live on the Victorian/NSW border, Australia.