I hung my Christmas party garland and bunting that I made two years ago (I think?). I love having it hanging in my kitchen for the entire holiday season, and last year I got smart and left the nails in the exposed beams in my kitchen making rehanging it a breeze.
After Christmas last year, I cut out a *Merry Christmas* banner, but never sewed it. I'm pretty positive I thought it would be so nice to have the banner all cut out. It was nice to have it all cut out, but why didn't I just sew it in January?? The day after Thanksgiving I put myself on the clock. I had one hour to work on it, and to try it get it done. Being a runner, I love timing myself, sew it was the motivation I needed to just get the project done!
Before Thanksgiving I bought a fat eight bundle of Christmas fabric to put in my embroidery hoops, and yesterday I switched out my fabric. Now I don't know if I'll always use the fabric in my hoops, so I decided not to cut the fabric to just fit the hoops. That way if I ever try to quilt or make something with the fabric I won't have these random pieces to work with. I put the whole fat eight in the hoop, and then I iron and pull it into place.
Yes, I iron right on the wood hoop. Maybe you're not to suppose to, but I find if I do this then I don't have to cut the fabric and it will lay flat against the wall when it's hung.
We don't have a mantel over our fireplace, but earlier this year we put an Ikea Expedit next to our fireplace, so it's serving the same purpose as a mantel. I've got it all decked out.
Deck the halls...
I think the hoops are a nice touch. I'm thinking maybe I'll make one of these Christmas trees, but it might just have to wait until next year.
And honestly I think the faux mantle is rather busy enough for now. I've had 6 Christmases without a mantle, so I'm probably having a hard time with editing. I want every cute idea I've ever seen put on a mantle on my Expedit!
Last, but sew not least, I made an imitation Crate and Barrel Christmas Tree Pillow. This will go down as my greatest creation of the season. At one point I thought I might just scrap the idea of making it and just buy it. However, the CB pillow is 12 inches and costs $26! Not to mention a 12 inch pillow is smaller then I wanted my pillow to be. Sew, friends, I gathered 6 pieces of felt (9"x12" pre-cut) and cut 100+ two inch circles. If you have the plastic kid cups from Ikea, the bottom of the cup is the perfect size.
My couch is red, so I used a white background (the other reason why I totally had to make my own knock-off pillow).
Before I got to work making the tree, I stitched a triangle the size I wanted my Christmas tree to be on the front of the pillow. This way I wouldn't get lost as I made my tree, and the triangle guided me as I stuffed it full of green circles.
Next I switched out my regular presser foot with my embroidery foot. I dropped my feed dogs, and I sewed several small circles in the middle of each circle.
And I repeated this a 100+ times. By the end I thought I was going to go nuts. I actually couldn't sew this pillow in one sitting. I wanted to make sure that I made the tree VERY full. Just the way the Crate and Barrel one looks.
I also felt like every time I added a circle I needed to pull and cut the top and bobbin thread to make sure that I was getting the tree as full as I wanted it to be. I didn't trim the bobbin threads until the end of the project. Here's what it looked like:
I could still probably trim threads on the front, but alas, I am done. The masterpiece has been placed on the couch for my
kids to destroy for all to enjoy!
I probably should have put a zipper in this pillow, but after finishing the Christmas tree, I was done.
It got a deep envelope closure.
I also whipped up a very simple Christmas pillow to sit behind the Christmas tree. It helps balance the couch out.
I kind of want to make a simple cover for my rectangle pillow that normally sits in the middle of the couch. Since my couch is so long, I kind of think it looks empty. I kind of want a Christmas quilt or blanket. But it's looking like I might need to wait on all of that until next year. December is upon us, and I have gifts I need to start sewing!
I'm sure I'll let you know if once I get it figured out! Next up I have a wreath that I'm half way done with, but I'm creatively stumped on how to finish it. If I don't get it figured out soon, I'll post it and ask for help. For now I think this post is long enough!
Signing off from the West Coast.