Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mitten Ornaments

This morning marks the first snowfall (that I've seen) of the year!   My new fireplace is being installed as we speak and the large flakes are slowly making their way to the ground so naturally I'm feeling inspired.
Here's a tutorial for an adorable christmas ornament that will look great on your tree but also as a gift topper.  It's so easy to make and if you don't have a sewing machine, you can use glue.

What you will need:

Felt  -purchase at a craft store
Fur - bought  at Fabricland in the ribbon section
Stuffing - bought at Fabricland but you can even use cotton balls.
Thread or glue.


Download a template from the internet-  I used one from Better Homes and Gardens.  Then cut out two sides from your felt.

Sew around the edges leaving the top open.  You can do this by hand, machine or glue.

Now stuff your mitten.  I used quilters batting but you can use something as simple as a cotton ball.

Insert a ribbon loop for hanging, place the fur sticking out of the top and then sew a straight line across to secure it.  
I think these are adorable and so easy to make!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Stocking for your Dog

This time of year always makes me excited for the Christmas holidays ahead and nervous for the chaos that accompanies them.   All I know is that I have 4 different sewing projects on the go and I need to start finishing them before most of my free time runs out!

One of the smaller projects on the agenda was a Christmas stocking for Putter (my dog) and with the total time for this project being less than an hour, I felt it was the right one to complete!

Now I'm sure we can all agree that a stocking in the shape of well, a stocking could potentially be a "pet Peeve" (worst joke ever) so I thought a more canine friendly version might be nice!  What better than sewing a cute bone to fill with your pooches favourite things!

So the first steps in making the dog bone stocking is to determine the size you want and the fabric you want.  Once decided,  draw out the pattern and then cut it out of your fabric.

Lay your fabric right sides out and pin the ribbon that your stocking will be hanging from between the fabric in the spot you'd like it to be.

I chose to do a zigzag stitch.  Sew all the way around through both fabrics except leave the top.  This will be your opening so sew them as 2 separate pieces still with the zig zag stitch.

Lastly, tie a big ribbon around it!

Complete!  I think Putter likes it :)