Welcome to the 12 DIYs of Christmas! Today is the 5th December which means I am sharing my 5th Christmas DIY with you.
Christmas can be a seriously expensive time of year and so I will be sharing DIY Christmas gift ideas as well as some thrifty decor ideas to help you to stay on budget this December.
On the 5th DIY of Christmas Thrifty Londoner sent to me…
I adore handmade baubles and so today I am going to share with you how you can make your own DIY Christmas tree decorations from felt. Your felt baubles can be as detailed as you would like them to be, and as out-there as you would like them to be!
This felt lucky cat bauble is based on a post-it note from a colleague, I became a little bit obsessed about the idea of a lucky cat bauble and so I decided to make one myself. You can get inspiration for DIY Christmas tree decorations from anywhere!
Although you can make baubles for yourself, they would also make great personalised gifts. You could create pets, favourite foods, or Christmas characters- the list really is endless.
To make a lucky cat bauble you will need:
- Coloured felt
- Needle and thread
- Embroidery thread
- Bell (you can leave this out if you wish)
- Washable fabric pen
- Stuffing (I used cotton wool)
Draw out the shape of your bauble onto the felt with the washable fabric pen and cut it out.
Draw on the features that you would like onto the felt, and cut out any other pieces of felt which need to be added to the base colour. I decided to try and keep it simple by just adding a coloured tummy and some little patches for the ears. You can then sew these pieces in place using a blanket stitch like I have, or you could use a fabric glue if that is preferable.
Next, you can embroider onto the outlines you have drawn on the felt. I would recommend separating the embroidery thread and using just 2 or 3 threads instead of all 6 as this will be very bulky to work with and won’t go through your needle properly.
After you have finished the embroidery, you can cut out the back section of the bauble by tracing around the existing front part.
Now it’s time to add the collar with a little bell- I am using a real bell as I received some as a gift from a friend, but you could easily use some of the felt to create one if you would like to keep the costs of these Christmas tree decorations down.
Just simply measure out enough thread to make sure that you can loosely tie it around the back of the piece of felt.
Tie another length of embroidery thread into a loop, securing with double knots at both ends, then position this in the middle of the front and back sections of your bauble, ready for stitching.
Lastly, you need to stitch your bauble up, and add the stuffing. Stitch 3/4 of the way around, being sure to secure the hanging loop and collar in place, leaving a 1/4 gap to add the stuffing. Use the end of your needle to push the stuffing into every nook and cranny and then stitch up the remaining gap.
Finally, you can wash off the washable fabric marker, and then hang your DIY Christmas tree decorations on the tree!
Check out the rest of the 12 DIYs of Christmas here:
Day 1: a hand embroidered tee
Day 3: upcycle a photo frame
Day 4: how to make a pomander
Day 5: how to make felt baubles
Day 6: gingerbread fudge recipe
Day 9: a potted seedling gift
Day 10: make your own Santa sack
Day 11: a handmade wreath
Day 12: a pom pom garland