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Woodland Christmas from Ric Rac: National Sewing Month 2013

It’s Day Thirteen of National Sewing Month! Too see the daily blog posts, projects of the day, and more National Sewing Month details, click here.

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National Sewing Month 2013

Woodland-Christmas-1Hi, 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 DIY ornament that you can make up in traditional colors, or mix it up with some earthy colors to create a little woodsman. It’s such a cute Christmas craft idea and they make even more adorable DIY gifts! 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.

DIY Ornament

 

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Cut for Santa:

Santa Construction:

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

Sew small seed or rice grain stitches at random over the beard .Woodland-Christmas-3

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:

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:

Requirements for Tree:

Finished size approx: 5 inches high

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

Have you started your Christmas sewing yet?

 

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