Christmas Kit Reviews
There are a few different felt kits on the market for making Christmas decorations so we have picked a couple of them to review.
The snow folk kit is one of several Christmas felt kits from Rachel's of Greenfields. It gives you the supplies to make 6 snowmen arnaments - a snowman and woman, a snow boy and girl and a snow cat and snow dog. Each of these ornaments has a little pocket in the back so you can store treats in them.
This kit actually arrived a couple hours before I went on holiday so I threw in my scissors and needles and took it all with me. Once I opened the kit up I realised that you are also meant to use a felt tip or gel ink pen for tracing the templates onto the felt and fabric glue to secure the felt pieces until you stitch them on.
I didn't have either of those so I cut the paper templates out and held them against the felt whilst I cut around them and then held the applique pieces in place whilst I stitched, this worked fine.
The kit comes with an instruction booklet, wool felt, thread, cord to make hanging loops and sequins for the eyes. The booklet contains templates for each of the decorations along with the instructions on which order to attach the pieces. There is a guide to the stitches you need to use, although I do wish the instructions on how to do the 2 main stitches (applique stitch and blanket stitch) had been more detailed.
I started with the largest ornament, the snowman which took me about an hour to sew. The instructions were easy to follow and it all went together well. I then did a smaller one (the dog) which took about half the time. The felt feels very high quality and the finished ornaments look great. I look forward to finishing the others and putting them on the tree.
Written by Fiona Pullen
Cloud Craft's Festive Felt Craft Kit
Cloud Craft stock 100% pure merino wool felt sheets in 44 lovely colours. I tried the Festive Felt Craft Kit - Light blue and Brown which is a great little pack with lots of different felt and trims included:
4 pieces of fantastic quality 100% pure wool felt made in Europe. Each piece measures 20x20cm (appox. 8"x8"), and is approximately 1/16" (1-1.5mm) thick. You will get a piece of Cowboy Blue, Just Off White, Mother Rabbit Beige and Donkey Brown.
* 1m (39") of light blue felty snowflake trim
* 1m (39") of turquoise felty circle trim
* 1m (39") of Off-White handmade felt rope
* 0.5m (19") of white felty star trim
* 15 felt and glitter snowflake shapes in white, turquoise
As this is a pack of supplies, I was able to use my own imagination on what to make, which I rather liked. The felt rope is lovely and unusual and immediately spoke to me of bunting. So I went online for a wander to try and locate some suitable shapes. After cutting 8 shapes out of the felt, I had great fun (& a fair bit of mess) choosing which embellishment looked best on which shape and then gluing them on with fabric glue. Once they’d dried I glued them to the felt rope and then once dry added a few stitches to secure them in place. The felt was lovely to work with, very smooth and soft, so much nicer than the acrylic mix I have used previously. The felt was also much smoother and cleaner to cut. The embellishments are also of a high quality, which makes them easy to work with.
There was still lots of felt and trim left even after making a full meter of bunting, so I decided to make some tree decorations as well. Using the same shapes I cut double and glued trim to them and them used a blanket stitch to sew the 2 layers together. As the felt is such good quality and nice and thick I decided not to use any stuffing as I didn’t feel it was needed.
I still had felt left, the 4 squares in the pack might not look very big but buy do they go a long way! I decided to make more tree decorations, so had a look around the web for some more unusual felt decorations and found these 2 - Felt Rosette Christmas Ornament and Felt Teardrop Christmas Ornament. Once again the felt was easy to work with and cut beautifully with my pinking shears.
Since I ended up making so many decorations I decided to donate them to a local charity auction for Shine, so they’re already in a new home spreading Christmas cheer!
Written by Beth Edmondson
Sewbox Christmas Pack
We thought it was also worth mentioning that Sewbox are giving away a free Christmas pack with all orders until the 17th of December. This little pack comes with 3 squares of felt in red, green and white, a piece of Liberty fabric, some ribbon and a selection of buttons and sequins.
If you send in a picture of what you make with your Christmas pack you could win a prize. Like with the pack above there are no instructions for set projects, just use your imagination and make your own unique decorations. I made these two tree decorations with mine.
To get your free Christmas pack place an order with www.sewbox.co.uk before the 17th of December 2012.