Hobby Reindeer – #handmadeChristmas

hobby reindeer

I have been making Christmas gifts over the past week, stockings and simple items that could be made at work and using up fabrics I have at home.  A few weeks ago I made the Tilda angel wings out of this gingham and yesterday I made Tilda’s Hobby Reindeer.

hobby horse

Its a super pattern, although I do find Tilda’s way of stitching a little alien.  Being a dressmaker and quilter am used to seam allowances and Tilda does like to stitch on a drawn line and then cut out.  So I do go my own way after trying that first.  The antlers and inner ears are soft ivory fleece and his dowel stick is the inner tube from a bolt of fabric and covered with bias tube of gingham.  The reins are grosgrain ribbon, did add a little ribbon rosette as I stitched the head on and wanted to hide the stitching.  Planning on making a version twice his size for home, thought it would be a fun faux taxidermy decoration!   I love Tilda’s books and this Christmas Homestyle is a firm favorite, it’s been out for quite a few years and if you’d like to read a review Cupcakes for Clara one.  What are you making for Christmas?

Christmas creations

gingerbread house stamp

I’ve been very busy procrastinating of late, although now its December have lifted myself from the stupor and made my Christmas cards.  I love Noolibirdsstamps, first discovering them several years ago at the Selvage Christmas Fair.  This year I have gone with a gingerbread house and will also be using for gift tags.  Will be adding a few embellishments before posting later this week – oh so organised!

angel wings

Earlier in  the week I found a Tilda book Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle at the library and loved the padded angel wings, perfect for a friends daughter who loves to dress up, thought I may make her teddy a pair too.  Such a lovely make and festive too, they would also make a lovely decoration to hang on the wall.  Although I am hoping to make a liberty tana lawn stags head, not too sure if I’ll have time with work commitments in the run up to Christmas.  Another project I am about to start is the Sewaholic’s Stanley christmas tree

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the only fabric I have left now is red gingham and think I” try the smaller version in this and maybe find some white fake fur or sequin fabric to make the larger version.  Or could you suggest a great fabric – tried looking for the disco dots, thought by Lizzy House but google giving me disco balls instead!

 

Jingle Bells bunting and all

father christmas soft focus

The weekend was busy and ever so cold, the fair was fun and thank you to everyone who popped by to say hello.  I had fun making all the bunting and decided to put the left over items from the fair on Ebay and will be posting more over the week and in my Etsy shop.  The bells have a wonderful deep jingle and sound so festive!  Going over all the speed bumps was fun in my little motor, sounded like I was pulling a sleigh!

Merry Christmas Gingerbread focus

So if your looking for some festive bunting to decorate your home, do pop over and have a look.

vintage chintz tote

The vintage glazed chintz totes were super popular, vinatge with a bright pop of colour form the love recycling embroidery.   Sorry  for the shameless advertising, promise more makes this week and my adventures with wool jersey too!