Get festive with felt

These heart and star decorations look great hanging on the tree or looped from a garland on the banister

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You will need:

❅ Star and heart templates (click here to download)
❅ Red and white felt
❅ Scissors
❅ Pins, contrasting embroidery thread, and embroidery needle
❅ Pearl buttons ❅ 15cm ribbon
❅ Polyester batting (wadding) for the filling

How to make them:

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-16-35-531 Draw your chosen shape on to felt and cut out two shapes for each decoration you are going to make. Draw the snowflake shape on to the front of one of the shapes with a soft pencil. Work the embroidery using long and short running stitch on the front of your felt decoration, following the design shown on the template.

 

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-16-37-472 Sew on one or two pearl buttons, depending on the design you’ve chosen. (In order to save some time, you could stick the buttons on using a hot glue gun.)

 

 

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-16-39-053 Pin the shapes wrong-sides together and begin to blanket stitch the edges using the embroidery thread. Use small stitches, spaced around 5mm apart.

 

 

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-16-40-044 Cut a length of narrow ribbon, approximately 10cm long, to make the loop. Fold the ribbon in half and place the ends between the two layers of felt. Continue to work the blanket stitch all around the shape, leaving a 5cm opening for the filling. Push the filling in to the opening – you may find it easier to use the end of a pencil to do this. Sew up the opening using the blanket stitch to finish.

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