Ever since Crevette was born, I have made a small ornament for each of my little ones every year in the winter. Our little collection is growing and our homemade ornaments are the only things we use on our Christmas tree, alongside handmade Christmas ornaments given by friends, bought in markets or made at school by the children.
That makes me feel all warm inside as it is all so ‘us’. You might think our Christmas tree does not look perfect or stylish, but who cares? I tend not to follow trends, really. I just like ornaments that are handmade.
The first one took about 35 minutes to make as I was trying to figure out what to do, how to save as much time as possible and gathering everything I needed.
After making a few, it was taking me no more than 10 minutes from start to finish. I would normally sew everything but it was nice to use a bit of a shortcut with the fabric glue this time, what do you think?
What you need:
A piece of cardboard
Felt in assorted colours
Bostik Sew Simple glue
Optional: embellishments: buttons, pom-poms, etc.
What to do:
Start by drawing the outline of your mitten on cardboard.
Cut your pattern.
Fold the sheet of felt in two and cut around the mitten. This way, you know both sides are the exact same shape and size.
Cut two strips of different coloured felt to add to the cuff of your mitten. Cut them to size.
Choose embellishments, like a felt letter, pom-pom and button.
Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to later put on your Christmas tree.
Stick the strips of felt to both sides of your mitten with Sew simple glue as well as the embellishments, or sew them on.
Sew around the mitten, starting with the button and the ribbon.
You could sew all around yours and stuff it, but we chose to keep it open like a mitten so that on Christmas Day, I can add a small treat in each mitten, like a wrapped chocolate or a candy cane.
If you are looking for quick and easy activities to do on a rainy day with your children, why not try our washi tape cards, toilet paper roll bunnies, reindeer lanterns, cute button card, paper cup dragon, finger painting, bath painting, thumbprint art, heart-themed crafts, an embroidered canvas , a stained-glass picture, toilet paper lanterns or even make your own play dough?