We’re sure you loved your free fabrics that came with issue 36 of Homemaker magazine plus the five fabulous festive makes included in the mag. So as an extra treat we thought we’ve give you four additional makes to get you making cute decorations in time for Christmas so you have the best handmade festive season ever!
Your Homemaker Scandi Fabric Pack Toy Stuffing Iron-on Interfacing Sewing Machine Needle Thread Scissors
Fabric Honeycomb Bauble (takes 1 complete kit to make)
1. Make a circular template from card measuring 12cm in diameter. Use the template to cut four circles from each of the three different fabrics provided, back all 12 with iron on interfacing. 2. Place two different patterned circles right sides together and pin in the middle. Machine or hand stitch a 0.5cm border all the way around leaving a 7cm gap for turning. Use pinking shears to trim away the excess fabric almost up to the stitching line. Turn the circle right side out and hand stitch the gap to close. Repeat this process until you have six double sided circles. 3. Fold a circle in half across the diameter and with the fold line vertical, measure from the top corner of the fold 4.5cm onto the curved edge with a straight ruler, marking with a water erasable pen. Hand stitch a few times over the same stitch on the pen mark through all four layers of fabric. Repeat this from the bottom corner. Repeat this step for the rest of the circles. 4. Assemble the bauble by hand stitching each of the six folded semi circles together in turn along their straight edge so that you then have a 3D sphere. Before you stitch the final one, tuck the length of hanging twine, folded in half and knotted at 1 end, into the top of the bauble. To give it its honeycomb shape and working in a clockwise direction, take the right half of one semi circle and using the same over stitching technique in step 3, join it to the left side of the next semi circle. The stitch should be half way across the curve between the stitches from step 3. Repeat this until you have worked all the way around your bauble.
1: Use the template to cut one pair of trees from reindeer fabric. Stitch the trees together, leaving a 3cm gap in the lower edge to turn through. Snip the curves and clip the corners. 2: Turn right side out and lightly stuff the tree with toy filling. Insert a cinnamon stick inside,leaving about 3cm extending below the gap. Add more filling inside the tree to support the stick. 3: Adjust the stick to the centre and slip-stitch the gap closed either side of the stick, making sure that the stick cannot slip out. Fold the twine in half and knot the ends together. Sew the knot securely to the top of one side of the tree.
1 Use the template to cut one pair of stockings from hessian fabric and one 13 x 6cm rectangle from gingham fabric for the cuff. Stitch the stockings together, leaving the straight upper edge open. Snip the curves and turn the stocking right side out. 2 Follow step two and three of mitten to finish the stocking.
1: Use the template to cut one pair of mittens from gingham fabric and one 13 x 6cm rectangle from reindeer fabric for the cuff. Stitch the mittens together, leaving the straight upper edge open. Snip the curves and snip to the inner corner. Turn the mitten right side out. 2: Fold the cuff in half and stitch the short edges together to form a ring. Press the seam open. Turn the cuff right side out and press lengthwise in half with the wrong sides facing. Pin the raw edges together. 3: Insert the cuff into the mitten, matching the seam to the back seam of the mitten. Tack the upper raw edges together. Stitch the upper edge. Turn the cuff to the outside of the mitten. Fold the twine in half and knot the ends together. Sew the knot securely to the top of the back edge of the cuff.