Welcome to day 2 of the Simply Sewing Ho Ho Sewalong! Yesterday we showed you how to sew up your own star cushions, and today we’ve been inspired by Sew a Softie for Christmas to bring you part 2 of the sew along – these DIY Christmas decorations!
Whip up these mini shapes in just a few hours and use them to deck out your tree with that home-sewn special touch. Remember, if you’re sewing any of our Ho Ho Sewalong projects this weekend, or you’re sewing seasonal treats in general, tag a photo of your makes online with the hashtag #hohosewalong to join in, and we’ll send one lucky sewist a beautiful bundle of Dashwood Studio fabric to say thank you!
#hohosewalong part 2: How to sew Christmas decorations
You will need
- Main fabric: 15x30cm (6x12in)
- Polyester fibrefill
- Ribbon to hang
- Matching sewing thread
- Download and print our DIY decorations sewing patterns (PDF)
We’ve used Hantex, fabrics,as follows:
- Curiosities by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery fabrics (String Lights Carmin, ref: AGFCUR29133)
- Festive by Jo Clark for Cloud9 (Festive Peppermint Twist, ref: C9FES140506)
- Imprint by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery fabrics (Crossthread Pure, ref: AGFIMP10454)
- Festive by Jo Clark for Cloud9. Festive Snowflakes. Ref: C9FES140702
Plus Polyester fibrefill: Carded polyester fibrefill, from www.worldofwool.co.uk
How to sew DIY decorations: step by step
Cutting out the fabric
Step one: Print out your chosen template from the pattern sheet and cut it out. You can choose from a tree, star or heart or draw your own if you prefer.
Step two: Cut the main fabric in half to make two squares, for the front and back of the decoration.
Making the shapes
Step three: Place your template centrally on the wrong side (WS) of one piece of fabric and draw round it.
Step four: Place this piece of fabric right sides (RS) together with the other piece of fabric and pin these together.
Step five: Stitch carefully along the draw lines starting and stopping along a straight edge so that you can leave a small turning gap.
Step six: Trim all round the edges using pinking shears to reduce the fabric bulk and stop it from fraying. Snip into the points and tight curves taking care not the snip the stitching.
Filling the shapes
Step seven: Turn your fabric shape RS out and turn the gap edges under, then press.
Step eight: Stuff the shape lightly using small pieces of stuffing at a time to make sure you get it into all the curves and points.
Step nine: Slip stitch the gap closed.
Adding a hanging loop
Step 10: Fold your ribbon in half then turn the short ends under and pin to the top of the back of your padded shape.
Step 11: Slip stitch the ends of the ribbon in place to complete.
For more festive softie fun Sew a Softie for Christmas Facebook group, and remember to tag your finished decorations with the hashtag #hohosewalong to share your makes with your fellow Ho Ho Sewalong-ers. This is part 2 of our 4 part sewalong so come back to see what other festive fun we’re having with fabric tomorrow!