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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Felt Decorations



Normally, I would have decorated for Christmas by now - but since our house is being plastered at the moment, there really isn't scope for putting up a tree yet. It's not even clear we'll have finished in time to do it before Christmas. Meanwhile, since I can't decorate, I'm occupying myself with making decorations.

I think of these felt stars as being in the Scandinavian style, even though I've never actually spent a Christmas in Scandinavia - I'm sure one of my readers can correct me if I'm wrong! This is the first one I made, and I used a really simple design, but I might try something a bit more fancy next time.


Scandinavian-style star in red felt

You will need:
red felt, white embroidery cotton, a small loop of white ribbon, some wadding (or cotton wool, or fabric scraps), scissors, a needle, dressmaking chalk.

  1. Cut two identical squares of felt.
  2. Draw a star in chalk on the back of one square, and round the corners. I drew mine freehand (no measuring) and deliberately asymmetrical.
  3. Cut around the star, so as to have two identical stars.
  4. Draw a pattern in chalk on the back of one of the stars, and stitch over it (If you're less lazy than me, you can embroider both sides.)
  5. Stitch around about ¾ of the outside of the star.
  6. Fill with wadding (I didn't have any wadding, so I used felt offcuts).
  7. Finish sewing around the edge. Sew the white ribbon into one point to make a hanging loop.



This post is part of the Creative Christmas Countdown 2010. Read the rules then link up here:




504 MainI'm also linking up to Holly's Tickled Pink event this week.


23 comments:

lostinsophistication said...

Rachel, now you make me wonder if I have ever celebrated a Scandinavian Christmas. ;D But honestly, I think you may be right. My family's Christmases have always been very plain; a few baubles and that's it. But I remember decorating gingerbread cookies/ginger biscuits at my grandmother's as a child. We used to make hearts mainly (but the star is a common motif, along with "people") that you make a small hole in before baking. Once baked and cool, you decorate it with white icing in lacy patterns, and thread a string (or ribbon) through the hole before hanging the cookie in the tree or in a window. The end result is very reminiscent of your lovely felt star; such a lovely red you used!

Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia:
"In Scandinavia, the most popular form of ginger confection are the Pepperkaker (Norwegian), Pepparkakor (Swedish) or Pebernødder (Danish). They are thin, very brittle biscuits that are particularly associated with the extended Christmas period. In Norway, Sweden and Denmark pepperkaker/pepparkakor/pebernødder is also used as window decorations, the pepperkaker/pepparkakor/pebernødder is then a little thicker than usual and decorated with glaze and candy. Many families bake pepperkaker/pepparkakor/pebernødder as a tradition with their kids. In English pepperkaker/pepparkakor/pebernødder would be referred to as ginger biscuits rather than gingerbread."

Here's a picture:
http://www.wesstrom.se/UL/Lena/Jul%202008/dekor%2001%20pepparkaka.jpg
I really ought to see if I can take some pictures myself this Christmas.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Oh, been so long since I've made anything homemade for christmas decorations! used to do it when my son was small - now that he's grown, I don't!

becky at abbeystyle said...

Love your Scandinavian star...love stars in general, sea stars are my stock in trade for decorating our Florida Christmas tree.

I joined a linky ornament party last week...beach style...perhaps I'll link up in a minute...I don't have any abbey style ornaments for show-and-tell.

Thanks for stopping by...UK is under a lot of snow these days...:)

worldcurioustraveler said...

Rachel,
Your felt stars are lovely! I really appreciate the "homemade" aspect of your blog posts and those mince pies look delish!

Ginny said...

This is truly lovely, Rachel. And what impresses me is your stitches, so small, precise and all evenly spaced.

Bitsy Baby Photography said...

I really need to do something crafty for this Christmas season. Every year I plan to make cards and I've still got all the materials I purchased 2 years ago for that =) maybe this year!

ladyfi said...

Lovely stars, although I haven't seen anything like it here in Sweden. We do, of course, eat lots of gingerbread at Christmas time...

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Emma said...

That's really cute and I love that it's pretty simple too :-)

LindyLouMac said...

You still have plenty of time for decorating your home for Christmas. we never did so until December 20th when our daughters were growing up.

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Sounds easy enough... I'm terrible with crafts lol.

Chef E said...

I made these with my kids, and we had a Charlie Brown tree one year- that moved to the porch soon after- I have said before that I loved working with my hands making things, but my eyes have slowly gone, sewing buttons on hubby's trousers is a task...love this! You should put a year on them, so each year is marked.

Rachel said...

I don't know how Scandinavian it is, but the star works really well. You could stuff it with pot-pourri or a spice mixture to add another dimension to your decorations.

Dedene said...

I like the star, it's perfect. I'm an idiot when it comes to making decorations. You did a very nice job.

A Cuban In London said...

That is very creative. Our lights went up yesterday (to my chagrin, I admit, I'm not a very Christmassy person). I have to prais emy wife, though, because she did a sterling job of both the tree and the outside lights.

Greetings from London.

The Blonde Duck said...

Those are so cute! And I really love your mince pies!

carma said...

these are fantastic!

carma said...

how did I just now realize your blog is updated on even number days??? Of course I had to page back to make sure this was the case :D

Gina said...

What a great blog! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. Glad to have found you through the Nestwork - I'm your newest follower!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Very cute! I linked up my ornament making post today.

Maya said...

Looks like a starfish -star of the sea!! Pretty!!!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal

Holly said...

These are perfect in their simplicity and grace. I love felt ornaments.

Susan said...

Hi Rachel! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog earlier, otherwise I wouldn't have found this. That star looks like such a cute decor idea. I'm definitely pinning this and hopefully I'll even get to make some this year (even though I'm not a crafter).

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