Monday, December 6, 2010

Wear a Little Christmas Cheer

Ever since I saw someone wearing a little Christmas tree pin one year, I wanted to make some. These are nothing new to the crafty blog world, but I still have to share my little Christmas tree forest of pins. I think each one takes less than 20 minutes to stitch up, and it's a great way to use up your scraps of felt from other projects--you can make your Christmas tree pins in a rainbow of colors. Looks like I need a trip to Hobby Lobby for more green--or maybe I just need to make another order as much as I'm loving these felt projects.

I start out by cutting out several trunks from brown felt--this takes about 1 minute if you use a rotary cutter. Then I cut out my colorful triangles for the trees with pinking sheers.

I stitch my safety pin on what will be the backside, stitching the stationary side of the pin--and then I go ahead and stitch the trunk on. Using a contrasting color of DMC floss (I apparently like green a lot) I stitch the front side of the tree onto the pin, making sure the floss lands in all the grooves of where the pinking sheer cut. Before finishing, leave a little opening and insert a teeny bit of fiber fill, then finish stitching. And that's it! I think you could easily make a couple of dozen in a day!
I'm still enjoying my little birds!
It's my goal to make the most of every day of the Christmas season. My church choir had the joy this weekend of singing in our annual Christmas concert with the Annie Moses Band--they are an incredible family group of chamber pop instrumentalists, singers and songwriters. They not only blessed me in so many ways, they completely inspired me to dust off my violin! Talk about dreaming big! So here we go...someone my age, reuniting with her violin. I almost think an endeavor like this is blog-worthy! I will try to share my progress, no matter how pitiful! In the meantime, if you ever have the opportunity of seeing the Annie Moses Band live, I highly encourage it. Happy stitching!

1 comment:

  1. I think the Christmas tree pins are delightful! And because of you, I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased a bunch of felt. :) I'm using it on the monster dolls, but I feel a Christmas tree pin calling me...