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Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath

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Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath

Supplies:

  • Deco Mesh (champagne color)
  • Wire wreath 14"
  • Chenille stems (about 32)
  • 3 rusty jingle bells and jute for attaching
  • Wire Edged Ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters

Directions:

  1. Take a chenille stem, bend in center, place center spot on edge of wreath and twist a couple of times so that each end sticks up from wreath about 5 1/2”. Leave chenille stems open so deco mesh can be put in center and stems twisted to keep mesh in place. Put 14 around outer ring and 14 around the inner ring.
  2. Gather up the deco mesh along the 10” edge and attach to one of the chenille stems on the inner wire ring. Measuring about 9” along the deco mesh. Gather again and attach to the next chenille stem on the inner ring. Continue working around the inner ring and then move to the outer ring without cutting the deco mesh. After twisting chenille stems around the deco mesh leave them open on the front of the wreath so that the ribbon can be attached in the next step.
  3. Cut ribbon 12” long and cut a “V” out of each end. Take one of each of the 3 styles and crisscross in the center, gather and attach to a chenille stem in the inner ring. Continue around the wreath alternating in a zig zag pattern from the inner ring to the outer ring of the wreath. (In the inner ring you will go every other one and same for the outside ring for a total of 14 groups of ribbon)
  4. Attach the 3 bells around the wreath with chenille stems spacing them an equal distance apart.
  5. Move chenille stems to the back of the wreath. Twist together chenille stems from the inner ring with stems from the outer ring making 14 pairs on the back. Now trim excess with wire cutters.
  6. Use jute to attach bells to wreath form.
  7. Use a chenille stem to make a loop on the back of the wire form to hang the wreath.

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Easy Christmas Stocking

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Easy Christmas Stocking

Supplies:

½ yard of stocking fabric
¼ yard of cuff fabric
8” of ½” wide ribbon for loop hanger
Sewing machine and matching thread
Stocking pattern

Directions:

Read ALL directions before beginning. Directions are for printed pattern. If size of stocking pattern is changed be sure to adjust cuff measurements.
-Cut out pattern pieces. Overlap pieces so arrow connects and tape together.
-Pin pattern to fabric and cut out 2 pieces for stocking and 2 for lining.
-With right sides together (rst) stitch 1/4” seam and clip curves. Repeat for lining and trim lining close to stitching
-Turn stocking right side out and press. Slide lining into stocking (wrong sides together) matching top edges and pin
-Cut cuff 9×14 3/4”, using 1/4” seam and (rst) stitch short ends together, press seam open
-Fold cuff in half with wrong sides touching, match raw edges and press along fold
-Place cuff inside lining and pin raw edges together around the opening
-Fold ribbon in half and place at back seam between lining and cuff with raw edges even
-Stitch 1/4” seam around the raw edges, turn and press cuff down over stocking

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Plaid Stocking Topper with Pocket and Fur

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Plaid Stocking Topper with Pocket and Fur

Supplies:

Plaid fabric (see below for amount)
Ribbon for hanger 8”
Button
Fabric glue
Ready-made stocking of your choice

Directions:

  • Measure stocking cuff from top edge to bottom and add 2.5”
  • Measure stocking cuff around the top edge and add at least 3”, cut cuff accordingly
  • Cut fur 2 ½” wide and same length as cuff piece above
  • Carefully cut and remove stocking hanger loop
  • Fold up ¼” along both short edges; press and stitch. Fold up 1/4" along both long edges of fabric; press and stitch.
  • To attach new cuff to stocking start in the center of the back of the stocking (determine ahead of time which direction you plan to have the toe pointing); place bottom edge of new cuff so it covers the bottom edge of the original stocking
  • Work your way around the stocking keeping the bottom edge straight and pinning along the top edge. When you get back to your starting point fold the top edge to the inside of the stocking all the way around and pin to secure. Overlap the beginning edge (the overlap  will probably be at an angle since many stockings are more narrow at the top. Not a problem just be sure your new cuff is the same width all the way around and the fabric print is straight on the front)
  • Top stitch along the top edge about ¼” from the fold
  • Take hanger ribbon, fold in half to form ribbon and hand stitch in place
  • Take fur strip and glue (or stitch) to the bottom of the cuff starting at the back of the stocking where cuff overlaps; when fur is all the way around the cuff trim excess

To make pocket 

  • Cut fabric (A) 4 x4 ½” (B pocket flap) 3x4 ½”
  • Take (A) fold under 1/4” around all edges, press and stitch close to all the edges
  • Take (B) and fold under ¼” around 2 sides and 1 end of the flap, press and stitch close to the 3 edges
  • Take the unstitched edge of (B) and place behind (A) about an inch and fold flap over pocket. Be sure both right sides are showing. Press and stitch button in place.
  • Glue pocket to front of stocking being sure to secure all corners and sides

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Plaid Flannel No-Sew Tree Skirt

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Plaid Flannel No-Sew Tree Skirt

 Supplies:

1 ¼ yards of flannel
Yarn and pompom maker
Double sided tape (1/4”), glue gun and glue
Ruler, string, pencil and scissors

Directions:

  • Keep flannel folded, fold again to make a square, put pin at folded point, use pencil with string to draw a curved line extending about 22” from center pin; cut along line through all thicknesses
  • Cut inner circle in the center using same technique or curved edge of a glass or tiny plate.
  • Open skirt and cut along one of the fold lines to the center hole and stop.
  • Turn under curved edge ¼”, press and attach double sided tape to secure edge
  • Make pompoms and attach to skirt edge with glue gun

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No Sew Felt Tree Skirt

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No Sew Felt Tree Skirt

Supplies:

1 ¼ yards of felt
4 yards of trim
Fabric glue
Ruler, string, pencil and scissors

 Directions:

  • Keep felt folded, find center along fold, mark with a pin and use pencil and string to draw a half circle extending about 22” from center pin and cut along line through both thicknesses.
  • Cut inner circle in the center using same technique or curved edge of a glass or plate.
  • Open skirt and cut along one of the fold lines to the center hole and stop.
  • Pin trim to skirt outer edge and attach with fabric glue

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