Fabric

Christmas Friends Décor

By  Mary Ayres 

Materials

  • Wool felt scraps: lt. brown; lt. green; black; off-white; orange; gold
  • Recycled cardboard ribbon spools
  • Natural reindeer moss
  • Buttons: red, 5/8”, three; white, 3/8”, six; brown, 7/16”; neutral assorted (for tags), three
  • Lace scraps (for scarves)
  • Assorted neutral/black patterned papers
  • Assorted black ribbon/cord lengths
  • Perle cotton, #12: black; off-white
  • Tea dyed/distressed paper
  • Twigs/tree branchs, 7” lengths, three

Tools

  • Brown ink pad
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Lamp Black; Buttermilk; Mississippi Mud
  • Weathered Wood Crackling Medium (DecoArt)
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Embroidery needle
  • Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue (API)
  • Computer and printer or black fine-tip permanent pen

Pattern - Christmas Friends Décor

  • General
  • 1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: Use one strand of perle cotton for all embroidery.)
  • Teddy Bear
  • 1. Cut two bead shapes from brown felt. Use black thread to sew white button eyes and brown button nose to bear at dots indicated on pattern. Stack bear shapes together with right sides facing out. Use black thread to blanket stitch around side and top edges of bear. Insert twig into bear from bottom. Stuff bear around twig. Continue blanket stitching across bottom edge of bear.
  • 2. Wrap lace scarf around neck. Print winter message on distressed paper; trim to tag shape. Use black thread to sew button to tag and scarf.
  • 3. Paint cardboard spool Lamp Black; let dry. Brush one coat of crackle medium on top of black. Let dry. Brush one coat of Buttermilk on top of crackle medium. Cracks will appear as paint dries. Dry brush spool edges Mississippi Mud.
  • 4. Cut decorative paper to fit around spool; glue. Tie black ribbon/cord around paper on spool; knot. Glue reindeer moss around twig on top of spool.
  • 5. Cut two leaves from green felt. Stack leaf shapes together. Blanket stitch around edges, stuffing before finishing. Sew red button to one end of leaf and glue to moss under bear.
  • Snowman
  • 1. Follow same basic instructions as bear, cutting two snowman shapes from off-white felt, and cutting two nose shapes from orange felt in place of brown button.
  • Penguin
  • 1. Follow same basic instructions as bear, cutting two penguin shapes from black felt. Cut one inside penguin shape from off-white felt and embroider to one of black shapes. Cut two nose shapes from gold felt in place of brown button. Embroider off-white floss around black shape.