Some of you are new visitors, popping over from the Ho Ho Ho and on We Sew link party - welcome. Others are regular visitors - and if you haven't yet met Fiona and Paula and the other Ho Ho Ho-ers, do pop over and make their acquaintance.
They are on a mission to put a stop to the last minute sewing that all too often happens during December, and are encouraging us to take it easy, making bits and pieces throughout the whole year.
For those of you new to the Link Party, the posts are scheduled for the 18th of every month and the Link Party remains open until the end of the month to give our fellow bloggers lots of time to link up their Christmas and Holiday makes.
As well as encouraging us, there is a whole schedule of posts of Christmassy ideas to help us out
|January||Celtic Thistle Stitches||Fiona||http://celticthistlestitches.|
|February||Threading My Way||Pam||http://www.threadingmyway.com/|
|June||Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner||Ruth||http://benandcharlyscorner.|
|Patch the Giraffe||Chelsea||http://patchthegiraffe.|
|August||Sunshine Through the Rain||Deborah||http://sunshinethroughtherain-|
|Party of Eight: Our Story||Gina||http://partyofeightourstory.|
|October||Ella and Nesta's Little Room||Nesta||http://ellaandnesta.blogspot.|
|November||Rose & Dahlia||Joanne||http://rosedahlia.blogspot.co.|
|December||Mud, Pies and Pins||Paula||http://www.mudpiesandpins.com/|
If you look careful at that list, at just about now, you'll see someone called Benta at SLIKstitches is due to share a Christmassy project . . . so I guess I'd better get on with it!
I have made a calorie free Advent Calendar - after years of chocolate ones when the girls were younger I think this one is much kinder to my waistline!
I used 1/2 yard each of three fabrics, plus extra to bind. I used fabric that had been cut into charm squares (5"x5").
FOR THE COUNTDOWN NUMBERS
If you are using yardage, initially cut 12 squares from one fabric, and applique, embroider or use fabric pens to add the numbers 0 to 9, plus an extra 1 and 2. If you choose to use bondaweb, or heat&bond or similar you probably wont need to stitch them down. I am lucky enough to have an embroidery machine so mine have been machine appliqued. Make another piece, a rectangle this time, twice the size, with the word "sleeps" on it using the same method
Starting with 1 and 2, place the two numbered pieces right sides together. Pin two sections of thin ribbon a little bit in from the top corners to make the hanging loops. These need to be *between* the two parts, touching the right side of both fabrics, hanging inside (so you can see the bits shown here in black, but the grey section isn't visible unless you look between the two pieces of fabric)
Stuff with a handful of toy stuffing and then stitch the opening closed. Continue with the other numbers, pairing 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 0, and another 1 & 2 and finally pair "sleeps" with another piece of fabric
FOR THE WALL HANGING:
I arranged two number 'cushions' and the 'sleeps' cushion to a suitable place in the centre panel and marked where the top of the ribbons should be, and I stitched buttons in the right places.
I also added six pairs on buttons below to park the unused cushions
I folded two charm squares in half diagonally and basted them in the top right and top left hand corners. I then added the binding to the wall hanging including the triangle edges.
I could then use a stick the same width to hang it on my display hanger
TIPS FOR SEWING ON A BUTTON:
Start with one piece of thread, but thread both ends through the needle.
This means you can use the loop at the end to anchor the thread - no knot required
You want a bit of space behind the button, to allow the ribbon to fall snugly behind it. You can create this by including a pin on top of the button while you are sewing. Stitch from hole to hole half a dozen times over the pin
Then remove the pin and wrap the end of the thread around several times, between the button and the cloth, to create a shank. Knot the thread on the back and hide the ends in the fabric
Now the ribbon will fall easily behind the button.
WHAT DID I LEARN?
I used elastic to hang up my little cushions - and I'm suggesting you use ribbon. It seems the needle takes the path of least resistance and that will be either side of the elastic, not through it, so any pressure on the elastic will cause it to pop out!
If you are inspired by this or any other Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew post, do link up with Fiona and Paula - there are goodies to be won!!!
I have had major issues with adding the links - Fiona has been very patient but I.Just.Don't.Get.It!!! This post is set to go live at midnight my time so I wont be checking it until 8 or so hours after that. If the following looks fab, it's thanks to Fiona - if it looks like gobbledegook? Blame me!
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