Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmassy Felt Decorations

Last year, before Christmas I bought a number of felt Christmas decoration kits.  They were meant to be glued together by children.  I thought that I would "upcycle" them though with embroidery where they had printed "stitches" and by sewing them together so that they would last longer.

Gosh, was that ever a bad bad bad idea!!  The felt that they were made of was stiffened to the hardness of concrete it seemed, so sewing them was hard work!  I didn't get them finished before last Christmas.  In fact, I think that I had a grand total of three out of 9 actually done!  You can see the needle that I used to make all of them here.  Look at how bent it has become from forcing through the felt!!!


Due to the decree of hubby - more on that tomorrow! - I had to get these finished and it really needed to be before Christmas so that I could actually use them - they aren't much use in March are they!

So after a lot of sewing and stitching they are all done!!  Unfortunately, after all that work, and much like my Cross Stitch Bunting, I don't actually have anywhere to put them - oops!!  I really need to plan better in future.





For now they are stuck onto the stair banister to add some colour and decoration to our hallway.  Not perhaps the best place for them, but I wanted to display them after all the work that they took.  I was thinking that they might make nice Christmas card "toppers" so perhaps I will turn them into cards after Christmas - and then I will be ahead for next year!!



What I will take away from this is only buy things to make something if you have a plan for the finished item and know where it will go!!  Also, don't think that you can sew together things that are meant to be glued together, it isn't necessarily that easy...

Amy

45 comments:

  1. They look so cute and I can see all the work you've put into them. Good advice...I try not to buy things unless I have an idea where it's going to go...doesn't always work though! X

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  2. These are super sweet. Your stitching is beautifully regular, too. x

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  3. Love these, the stitching really finishes them off nicely x

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  4. Well despite all that I think they are absolutely beautiful... A couple would make a wonderful Giveaway!!! Hint ( chuckle) hint. Enjoy looking at them every time you go upstairs to get something and then forget what you came up fir because your head is full of Christmas! X

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  5. They're definitely worth all the hard work, they're fabulous.

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  6. They've turned out really well. I think they'll be great as tree ornaments or as card decorations. x

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  7. Oh those are adorable! You did an excellent job on them. I think they look cute along the banister!

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  8. What lovely Amy!!
    I love the little ginger cookie!
    Cute!!

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  9. Hi Amy!

    These are really lovely ornaments!

    Personally I think the stitching is what makes them really look special! Maybe you could have used a different needle (I often find that using the right tool can make a difference of making the task easier) or alternatively you could have pierced the stiff felt with using a sharp craft knift and making little X scores? (just an idea)

    All in all, your perseverance paid off and they look fantastic along the stair bannister, as if they are meant to be there all along!!! <3

    Well done!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  10. I love where you placed them, so you did have the spot, right? So festive, I have a soft spot for handmade ornaments :)

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  11. Hehe. That needle made me chuckle. They really are sweet ornaments and could be added to decorate Christmas gifts as well. You certainly are busy crafting! xo

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  12. Wow you did a great job Amy - I really love the tiny little stitches you've used - you'd never believe the thickness of felt if you hadn't mentioned it!! That bent needle! I hope your fingers aren't too sore. If I don't manage to comment again before the big day I wish you and yours a wonderfully happy Christmas time, J9 x

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  13. They are VERY cute! Handsewing used to be easy but I guess I've lost my talent (or I'm rusty). You did a beautiful job!

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  14. Amy, these are just adorable. And looks like you found a spot for them on the stairs. I don't have a better idea, not being the crafty person you are! ;-)

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  15. Hello Amy,

    Your Christmas decorations are beautiful, and look wonderful where they are. What about making them into
    Christmas Baubles for a tree, buy a very small tree (that will fit anywhere) and using a little bakers twine or thread hang them on there, they will look amazing and so different. I don't think I could bare to part with them.

    I have a small tree in our Sitting room with crafty makes on and I love it.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  16. Dear Amy
    I think they look great on the banister. You could attach them to a piece of ribbon and make them into bunting if you don't want to display them individually...just a thought...
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  17. Well, if it is any consolation, they look really fantastic !! So cute !! Well worth a bent needle (and probably sore fingers...) !
    You did get me very curious about your husband's decree :-))) !

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  18. It was worth all the hard work. They are ADORABLE!

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  19. They are so cute - they look lovely on your banister.

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  20. They're so cute, but what a lot of work.

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  21. They are really lovely and look great on the banister, well done for getting them finished :-)

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  22. Oh Amy, I just love them, I think they are so fab and festivexx

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  23. I love your felt decorations on your banister Amy! The embroidery is so nice on the felt. I had to make a last minute something homemade project for my daughter to make for her secret santa at school. I cut out from felt two mittens and cut out felt to decorate them with. Boy were they a lot of work. I loved making them though. When things die down a little and I have more time I might make some for next year. Have a nice afternoon.
    Julie

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  24. They are incredibly cute Amy and would look good wherever you decide to put them. :) xxx

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  25. Love those decorations and I think you've displayed them perfectly.

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  26. They came out really well, Amy. I love the way they look on the banister. I wanted to say thanks for the Christmas card, it was very thoughtful of you to send one to us.

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  27. Well they may have been a lot of trouble but they are lovely - do you not have a tree to hang them on?

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  28. They look fabulous! Perhaps you could make a felt tree wallhanging to put them on, or maybe incorporate them into an Advent calendar?

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  29. They're brilliant, especially those cute reindeer. Well worth all the pain! CJ xx

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  30. HI Amy! I'm so sorry these little ornies were so hard to sew. They did turn out darling and what a nice job you did. Your stitches are so nice! Rest your dainty fingers now. Thank you so much for popping in to see me and Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  31. They are very sweet, Amy but oh, that bent needle - I bet your finger tips were sore too:)

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  32. they are so cute! and you have done such a fantastic job assembling them. Its hard working with itty bitty pieces...grrr! sometimes the so called easy projects seem to turn out to be the hardest or at least the most annoying! Have a fun festive week!

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  33. I love each and everyone of these Amy!!! They are too awesome!! I love the stitch on them and can think of so many places I would hang them!!! Look at you go!!! Well done buddy! Nicole xo

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  34. They all look lovely, Amy, and they're perfect on the banister! :o)

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  35. These are adorable and much better stitched with love than glued together!! Love em!! especially the gingerbread ones.

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  36. They are gorgeous. I think they'd make great card toppers, but would you want to give them away after all the hard work? x

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  37. I'm glad your persevered as they are really lovely. Your stitching is so neat and even. They would look good strung together in a garland, or maybe just hung on the tree? Either way they're great. x

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  38. They are fabulous, well worth your hard work!! X

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  39. They turned out so cute! I can see how hard it was though, when I look at that needle!

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  40. Very cute ornaments! No tree to put them on or not enough room? You could always use them as one of the little gifts in a gift bag. Or tie them to a present. I'm sure anyone would be very pleased to receive one of these adorable handmade goodies!

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  41. They look great. Try and think of some way to use them as decorations for next year. It would be a bit of a waste to stick them on cards.

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  42. I rather like the look of them climbing the bannister. Or perhaps they're on their way down. They're fun.

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  43. Well done for persevering - I think I'd have given up! The stitching really does add a lovely touch too. x

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  44. Even though your fingers must be tender after forcing the needle through all these felt decorations, they look really cute!! You make very neat and uniform stitches ;) They look quite happy dancing along your banister, but I like the idea of attaching them to cards even better. Wendy x

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