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WIP Wednesday, Felt Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial, Handmade Holiday 2010

Today I have been working on another handmade Christmas ornament for our Christmas tree this year, a felt Christmas tree ornament.  It is an easy little sewing project and fun to do…  Thank you so much for all of your amazing suggestions of what to put in our Advent calendar bags, just wonderful!
Wool felt
Embroidery thread
Sewing needle
Colourful beads

Actual template size.

I used our Christmas tree biscuit cutter and drew around it to make my template. I cut out my two little trees in felt.
Sewed them together in blanket stitch and then decorated my tree with various colourful beads, by sewing them on.
Attach a ribbon to the top of your tree and you are finished!

Felt Christmas Tree Tutorial

The girls and I decided to make some felt Christmas trees and we have put a little tutorial together for you:) Jenna designed the templates and cut them out for us. These little trees look so sweet on the mantelpiece or you could attach a loop at the top of the tree and turn it into a Christmas tree decoration to hang on your tree… They are also awesome pin cushions for the festive season…

Cardboard Templates, large triangle and small triangle for base (we just recycled some old boxes for this)
Embroidery cotton
Sewing needle
Felting needle
Colourful felt

Dimensions for triangles:
Large triangle: 5 inches tall, base 3 inches.
Small triangle: 3 inches on each side.

Cut out your templates from cardboard, one large one for the three sides and one small one for the base of your tree. Place your template on your felt and mark out three triangles for the sides. Mark out one small triangle of the base. Cut out your felt triangles and start sewing them together as seen in the photo below. We have used  blanket stitch to sew up our trees, blanket stitch is so pretty and you could use a bright thread to make it stand out.

Once you have sewn up all the sides, fill with fleece and sew on the base of your tree. They are so quick and easy to make and really look effective standing together in a row.

 These three above were made by Jenna.

Erin attached a star and needlefelted some decorations onto hers as well as sewing her blanket stitch in a bright colour for extra effect…


Making Rainbow Felt, a Tutorial

Today was such a lovely day, we actually had some sun but by the afternoon it was raining again. I decided to make rainbow felt today and Caiden was my little helper…
We chose some roving that would make rainbows.
We teased out all the colours and lay them down in layers next to eachother and made sure that they overlapped.
We wet the roving with quite warm water all over, very carefully ensuring it was wet all the way through to the other side.
This was the fun part:) We wet our hands, added a little liquid soap, rubbed our hands to make the soap lather and gently moved our hands over the roving again and again to let the fibres bind together firmly. Once the one side is done, turn the felt sheet over so that you can do the same with the other side.
Once you are happy with your felt and it feels like it is a solid piece, it is time to rinse out some of the soap in warm water, making sure to always be very gentle all the time.
Now you can use the ridged surface of your sink. Lay your felt out flat on your draining board and rub it up and down the ridges quite a few times. This binds the felt further and also shrinks it. Turn it over and do the same on the reverse side.
Fill your sink with cool water and rinse out the remaining soap, until your water is clear.
Squeeze out all the water.

Lay your rainbow felt out on a flat surface to dry:) And there you go Felt!
Our song we sang while we worked…

Slowly, slowly, slowly
Move hands to and fro
On a sea of silver
Let the colours glow
Colours become rainbows
Shining through so bright
Slowly, slowly, slowy
Radiant, glorious light…

I think we will make necklace purses with our felt… We will blog them soon…
Happy weekend to everyone.


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