This time last year I wanted to make these cards for friends and family but a) I didn’t have sufficient time b) I didn’t have all of the necessary equipment c) I didn’t think I would be any good at making them.
The last hurdle above came about as a result of childhood experience. As a small child at school, one of my friends had made this wonderful little felt, stuffed rabbit. I wanted to make exactly the same. When I showed the teacher(who was not actually a teacher but someone from the village who came in to do the sewing class each week) she was not impressed: It was untidy, the stitching was far too large, it was a mess. I was to undo it all and start again. I was devastated. I don’t recall if I actually did remake it. But I do know that event has hindered me from hand-stitching ever since…until now! Ha – she didn’t win!
Felt ornaments in the making…
These ornaments were a pleasure to sew to create the cards. My hand-stitching isn’t that bad(I don’t think!). The ornament is attached to the card by a black thread through the back of the ornament, through the card and knotted on the inside of the card. I included a small, printed explanation in each card to say the black thread can be cut and removed so the ornament can be used if desired. Perhaps as a tree decoration, a bookmark or to hang in the car.
It was fun to choose colours and items. I’ve never sewn beads or sequins before – they were enjoyable to do, and they’re fairly simple and look pretty. Who knows what next year’s Christmas craft will be?!!
Have you handmade Christmas?