Woodland Christmas from Ric Rac: National Sewing Month 2013

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Woodland Christmas 1 Woodland Christmas from Ric Rac: National Sewing Month 2013Hi, my name is Jodie and I blog at vintagericrac.blogspot.com. I am excited to be part of National Sewing Month, although I might need a National Sewing Year to finish off all the WIPs in my sewing room. I am foremost a toymaker but I dabble in all kinds of sewing and have been known to turn out the odd quilt or garment or practical item on occasion.

I have created this cute little holiday ornament that you can make up in traditional colors, or mix it up with some earthy colors to create a little woodsman. Have fun!

If you have a Google Account (you can make one for free), here is the link to a Google Doc to download the whole tutorial including the pattern pieces: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3POraACAxjpUEtmRUpFb0hmNEE/edit

This little Santa and his tree have been designed to be hand sewn. All embroidery is done with two strands of stranded embroidery thread.

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Cut for Santa:

  • 1 Base
  • 1 Body
  • 1 Hat
  • 1 Hat Brim
  • 1 Face
  • 1 Beard
  • 1 Mustache
  • 1 Belt to be cut on fold

Santa Construction:

Using the pattern placement guide, pin the beard in place .

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Place the face on top of the beard and pin in place.

Thread your teeny buckle onto belt and slide to the middle. Pin belt in place on Santa.

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Backstitch face in place – I cheated and didn’t sew the very top as it will be hidden under the hat.

Pin mustache in place on top of face and seed stitch the moustache.

Add two single wrap French knot cheeks and two double wrap French knot eyes to your face.

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Fold Santa along fold line right sides out and blanket stitch the center back seam, catching the belt ends as you sew.

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Pin base in place and blanket stitch ¾ of the way around. Stuff Santa and blanket stitch the base closed, adding more stuffing as needed.

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Hat Construction:

Pin hat brim to hat and sew small seed or rice grain stitches to secure it to hat.

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Fold hat in half right sides out and blanket stitch center back seam.

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Place hat on Santa’s head.

Pop your hat on.

Cut for Tree:

  • 1 base
  • 1 tree bottom
  • 1 tree middle
  • 1 tree top

Tree Construction:

Fold tree bottom in half along dotted line and blanket stitch the center back seam. Stuff and blanket stitch base in place.

Fold tree middle in half along dotted line and blanket stitch center back seam

Fold tree top in half along dotted line and blanket stitch center back seam.

Stack your tree pieces onto each other

Decorate with French knots, chain stitch – in fact, anything you fancy!

Requirements for Santa:

  • 7 ½ inch square of red felt
  • 4 ½ inch of white felt
  • 2 ½ x 7 ½ inch strip of brown felt
  • 2 inch square of skin coloured felt
  • 1 teeny buckle
  • Black, red and white embroidery thread
  • Hobbyfill

Requirements for Tree:

  • 6 ½ inch square of dark green felt
  • 5 x 3 ½ inches light Green felt
  • Red embroidery threads
  • Hobbyfill

Finished size approx: 5 inches high

For more sewing inspiration, visit Jodie’s blog, Ric Rac!

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Comments

  1. Linda Knoles says:

    I’ve made a good start on Christmas sewing, but keep getting sidetracked by other projects that people want done.

  2. Kathy Gates says:

    I sure have started, I shopped yesterday for fabric to make 2 of my grandchildren Minky throws for their beds. I love making things for my grandkids. Thanks so much for this cute tutorial and this awesome giveaway! :)

  3. Chiara Aldridge says:

    Yes, I have started on Christmas gifts. I haven’t started buying them, but I have lots of ideas for them.

  4. Elizabeth Monahan says:

    Afraid not. Too much else going on.

  5. Will start right after my son’s wedding on Nov 8th.

  6. Jenniffer Howling says:

    Love the woodland Santas . Very earthy version :)

  7. I have been collecting Christmas fabric for 30 or so years, need to start using it.

  8. Have not started Xmas shopping yet. Have knitted a few things but shopping no, like to wait until at least after Halloween! One holiday at a time I say. The little woodland santas are cute though.

  9. Donna Stanley says:

    Not yet, I’m in quilt mode getting ready for winter.

  10. These creatures are darling! Yes, I started my Christmas sewing in August. (That doesn’t mean I’ll finish it in time though) :)

  11. I have started making mug rugs and scarves. Would love to win.

  12. Ellen Gaynor says:

    Christmas? No, not yet!

  13. No, I have not started on any Christmas projects yet, but i have purchased a few gifts for the grandkids. I would like to tell Jodie I love her project she shared with us… they are sooo cute!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Debra Woodward says:

    i like these little santas

  15. what a cute idea!

  16. Susan M Dayton says:

    I started a couple of little projects. Don’t think I’ll get around to the bigger ones till after Oct. Hope I can get everything done.

  17. I’ve just started sewing casserole carries for all the women in the family for Christmas
    The Bernina would really help.

  18. Debby Peterson says:

    Thank you!

  19. yes i have already started on Christmas gifts. i make most of them thru sewing & crocheting.

  20. Shinderliter says:

    I am hoping to start today. So many good ideas, so little time.

  21. Diane Reddy says:

    Will be starting this week, in process of geating sewing room ready. I usually make my gifts by sewing aprons for kids and adults, quilts for bothe and baking homemade sausage bread, cranberry bread a tradition. Also sew dresses for younger girls. This is alot cheeper andmore meaningful since we had 4 children and now we have 13 grand children from 19-4.

  22. Susan rogers says:

    Yes, have all my gifts made for my neighbors.

  23. These are so darling. I will make a set for each member of my family

  24. I just started a few Christmas projects…I’m giving “green” gifts this year…things that are either reclaimed and recycled or things to reduce our waste. Good luck on your projects everyone!

  25. Kim Whitten says:

    Just started getting great ideas for no-sew ornaments and these lovely woodland santas.

  26. I have thought about Christmas gifts but have not made any yet.:(. Too busy with fall projects.

  27. Certainly have started my Christmas sewing. Lots of projects finished and lots left to do.
    Just pray time is on my side and I don’t get behind.

  28. I have lots of ideas as well as lots of fabric that would look great for the woodland santas and tree! I have not had any time to get started yet.

  29. Susan Falwell says:

    I have not started Christmas sewing yet, finishing my knitting/crocheting Christmas projects first (they take a little longer, I can sew faster). Love these Woodland Santas and those trees are adorable.

  30. I have not started sewing for Christmas yet,but I,ve had some of my material since boxing day.

  31. These look so sweet! I am definitely going to have a go. I haven’t started yet but my Mum has made some Christmas Heart door hangers and some garlands already!

  32. I’m done with my Christmas gifts and decorating for this year, but I start next Christmas on Jan. 1st. for next year. This will certainly be on the first to do next years list. BettyLou

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