Felt Christmas decoration.
I was surprised how interested and eager my boys were to do this project. They amazed me with their ability (at aged 5 / 7 yrs)- it’s all their work!! Apart from threading the needle for them it was completed solo by them and they were so proud of the bears when finished (so was mummy!). They will hang pride of place on our tree every year.
For our Christmas tree decorations we chose to do teddy bears, However you could choose to make any shape or design you wish (bell, tree, snowman, bauble, animal, car, etc).
Boys Rating: 9/10 because it was slightly hard, they were very proud of their achievement.
Cost: dependant if you have materials at home already.
Time: 1hr 30 (approx. – This is based on the time we took , this will be dictated by your child’s age/ability/interest this could vary ).
We stopped for a break after 45 mins and then returned to finish ten minutes later.
Mess factor: little.
You will need:
- Felt or fabric (old clothes or recycled fabric).
- Embroidery thread / needle, Buttons.
- Stuffing (we used scrap felt you could use scrap material).
- Create a stencil, by drawing on paper or card and cut out your chosen template shape.
- Pin the template to your felt/fabric.
- Cut around the template, Repeat so that you end up with two fabric pieces in your chosen design.
- Stitch any decorations on to both individual pieces (we sewed on buttons for eyes/nose, super glued on a heart and drew on additional details with a permanent black pen).
- Sew on ribbon to one piece for loop (to hang).
- Begin to stitch the pieces together, Choose a stitch that is appropriate for your child’s ability.
- Leave a small opening at the bottom for the stuffing.
- Poke the stuffing in (you can use a pencil to help push the stuffing) and then finish stitching it closed.
Hey presto – One gorgeous keepsake tree decoration to be placed on the tree each year.
Emma s xxx