Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Making Felt Christmas Decorations

Christmas is in the air and thanks to the felt crafting bugs that bit me since last week, I got so itchy to make Christmas decorations all by myself this year. Sounds insane I know.. but before I even had the chance to further imagine whether making DIY Christmas decorations was worthy my efforts or not, I already found myself busy cutting, sewing and gluing on my free time since last weekend. I might even continue making more of these after I publish this blog post. My dedication level to make these Christmas felt decorations at this moment is one bar below 'obsessed'.

In the beginning, I created two or three felt Christmas trees just because I was curious whether I could pull through making Christmas stuff using felts. Very soon, I explored other Christmas themed shapes. When I finished making five of them, I thought "Hey, these cuties may look good on my Christmas trees. They are relatively safe for child's prying fingers and glitter free too. Why not I make more?" Needless to say, I went on and on labouring myself to produce Christmas ornaments. By now, I've made over a dozen of Christmas decorations using the available felts I have at home. I do my crafts when Naomi naps or watches her ABC songs on weekends and in the evening on weekdays.

Enough with the babbling, here are some of the DIY Christmas felt decorations yours truly had made thus far.

My DIY Christmas ornaments for 2014.

I didn't use specific patters to creating these ornaments. I just drew whatever shapes I had in mind on my felts to realize all Christmas-y ideas that were vigorously dancing in my head.

More DIY Christmas ornaments for your eye candy.

Anyhow, you must be wondering why Santa Claus, Christmas's most iconic personality, is not shown in the above. It's because I don't have any dark red felt. I reckoned it would not be so nice if my felt Santa Claus is dressed in neon pink or light green so I might as well skip creating Santa Claus until I have some red felts on hand.

Inspire you much? Maybe next year or few years from now, when I look back at all these DIY Christmas crafts, I could only say this to myself, "Ahhh.. Those days when I was young and crazy... Or rather too bored and free..."

Moving on, here's a quick step-by-step instructions in making felt Christmas decorations.

Felt Christmas Ornaments

Materials needed:
  • Assorted color of felts
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • UHU Glue
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbons, for hanger
  • Cotton balls or dacron

Tutorials:

1. Draw the pattern shapes that you want on felts and cut them out. My felt Christmas decorations are around 4.5cm x 6 cm big. For instance, if you were to make the snow mittens - cut out 2 snow mitten shapes, 1 heart for decoration and 1 rectangular for the mitten's upper section. See below for picture.

Making snow mittens for Christmas decorations.

2. Fold the ribbon over (mine is about 20cm) to form a loop and glue it securely to one of the mitten piece. This part is going to be the bottom part of the mitten and will be hidden.

3. Sew the two mitten shapes together. Halfway before you finish sewing them, put some cotton balls inside the felts then continue sewing until everything, looped ribbon included, is sewed together.

4. Use glue to stick your mittens decorations with all the felt cut outs you want.

5. Apply the above techniques for making other ornament shapes.

This evening, I hung my DIY felt Christmas ornaments on my mini Christmas tree and my Christmas tree now looks like the following.

What do you think? Cute?

Speaking of Christmas tree, I am so buying a new and bigger Christmas tree next week. The one I have now is way too small and not solid at all. It tends to lean to the right and basically just can't stand straight. Not to mention that all these years, I have been dreaming to have one Christmas tree that I can put on the floor.

Naomi and our soon-to-be-replaced Christmas tree.

While I love to have some colourful lights on my Christmas tree since a Christmas tree doesn't look so complete nor happening without some lights on it; my husband and I will not be putting any lights on our Christmas tree this year to avoid potential hazards they may cause on Naomi.

Up next in my head after the felt Christmas decorations craze is... Christmas cookies? Stay tuned.

P/S: If you are using cotton balls as the felt decorations' filling, please remember that you must not wash your felt crafts.

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