2 December 2012

Easy Christmas Decoration Tutorial 1 - Snowflakes

Hello lovelies! 

It's happened. December has arrived, bringing with it giant boxes of chocolates (apparently these are meant to be "to share"?! Whatevs) and shops full of deer-shaped stuff; my all-time favourite shape of stuff. I'm feeling particularly inspired to be crafty at the moment due to a very unexpected rush of festiveness. Normally, I'm more, well... 



I normally blog my craft projects without explaining how I've made them (with the exception of this "tutorial" where I cut up a hat to fit on a teapot...), but I'm suddenly feeling the need to share the warm and fuzzy festive feeling in my bowful-of-jelly-like-belly. So, I thought I'd add in a few little tutorials for some of the Christmassy bits and pieces I'm making this year, accompanied with Paint illustrations when words just won't cut it. 

First up- snowflake decorations. 

You'll need: 
White felt
Ribbon
Needle & thread (either white or a contrasting colour)
Thin card (a cereal box works well; and it's a good excuse to finish off the Crunchy Nut...)
Pen
Scissors

Tutorial:

1. Cut a 10 x 10cm square of cardboard and fold it into quarters. Draw 1/4 of a snowflake shape onto the folded cardboard, like this:



2. Cut around your outline, open out the template and then draw around it twice onto the felt - once with the template facing up and once with it facing down. This is so the sides will fit together perfectly; even if your snowflake's "arms" aren't symmetrical. 





If you want to fancy-up your snowflake with some embroidery/buttons etc. do this now before starting stage 3. 

3. Pin the two sides of the snowflake together, with the drawn-on sides on the inside, and then blanket stitch around the edge. When you're nearing the top of the final "arm", slip two ends of a little loop made of ribbon between the felt shapes, and sew a couple of extra stitches through the ribbon to secure it. 

It should end up looking something like this:


Katie xxx

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5 comments:

  1. Heee heee, I've been making felt snowflake decorations too (except mine look rubbish compared to yours. Mine involve cutting out a circle of felt and then folding in 4 to create a symmetical snowflake pattern!

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    1. I'm sure yours aren't rubbish- cutting the felt instead of using a template sounds much simpler! I guess you could always draw round the ones you've already cut out if you want to double them up to make them stiffer? :)

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  2. Quite fancy give this a try!

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  3. Je vous félicite pour le choix du sujet et pour la qualité de l'écriture,un article bien developpé et qui va surement plaire à tous les internautes qui auront la chance de tomber sur un tel article..merci à vous !!

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