Local Heart, Global Soul

October 10, 2009

Crafting with kids, Felt Christmas ornaments

(this is the photo from the website that I saved)

(this is the photo from the website that I saved)

We are on holiday in Maine and my daughter and my friends two daughter’s (aged 8,9 and 12 respectively) are keen to take on learning something new in the Craft department. I’ve bought a pattern with me that was a freebie on the internet and bought felt and buttons as well since we will not be near large craft shops at Camp.

I will be introducing the girls to Blanket Stitch , which is an excellent basic stitch that can be used in many different ways with felt. Whilst this patten calls for fusible web to attach various pieces we will be forgoing that and just using Blanket stitch to secure and edge everything. This will hopefully teach the girls that fastening felt with thread is easier than it looks and that they need not resort to non-stitching methods to fasten the pieces together.

I can’t for the life of me find the website where the pattern was offered because the instructions printed out to several pages, and wanting to take them to stitch when I traveled I printed them out , reduced them in size and pasted the instructions onto one sheet and then into a bag with the felt pieces needed for the project.

I will keep looking for the website, if I find it in the future I will post a link here to give due credit for the pattern.

The girls have the full sized version of the pattern so that they can get the hang of the basics… This is my eight year old daughter’s first real craft item, and she’s not far from finishing it off. I’m very proud of her !

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

I’m into miniaturizing everything in sight when I stitch so I reduce the pattern and make my version of the pattern into ornaments for our Christmas Tree. I’ve placed my little mitten on top of my daughters so that you can compare the sizes.

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

I like to use the patterns as inspiration and add my own ideas to it so I draw a free-hand waist coat piece and scarf and add them to the existing pattern pieces. I want to individualise these more, so I shift the noses to face the opposite direction on one of the snowmen.

I’m using 4mm tiny buttons for the eyes, and using a super thin beading needle to attach them. Since these are a bit too small to keep open, I’m also not keeping mine as mittens, but padding them with a little fiber-fill and stitching them up as completed ornaments.

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

Here are some that are works in progress…

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

And here are some of the finished ornaments… the little Christmas puddings were inspired by some felt craft photographs on the internet. ( I think their leaves were placed differently but as usual I made mine up as I went along)

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

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