20 July 2007

Homemade Christmas decorations

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Another project I'd like to share with you is this one - my Christmas decorations. I made these last year as I wanted simple decorations that reflected our true values and not those of a marketer, and made in a Chinese factory. I drew these six little squares to be stitched by hand and sewn onto squares, then they are hung with tiny pegs along a red string. I found the tiny pegs at a dollar shop.

If anyone is interested in making these, let me know and I'll find the drawings for you. Not only are they a lovely addition to your home at Christmas, but they'd also make a sweet gift.


  1. wow, they are gorgeous ` I love the reindeer :)

    1. I'm planning on making my own decorations as well this year. It's a candy theme so I have a few ideas and tips to ponder about. I've been slowly gathering things. And the holidays are not far off either. Time to get planning.

  2. My children each have a Christmas box. I give them a tree decoration each year. The idea is that they put the decorations on our tree now, but when they leave home they will have decorations to start their own tree. This year, for the first time, I am hoping to make the decorations I give them myself. Have you any ideas for tree decorations?

  3. Thank you Ali, Kate and Jenny.

    Kate, you could make small fabric cones with a handle to hang from the tree. The cones could hold candy canes, ginerbread or shortbread.
    You could make all sorts of shapes from felt - hearts, stars, Christmas stockings etc and embroider the children's names on them. A punch hole and red string would secure them to the tree.
    Have you tried tin punching? You could make hearts or reindeer shapes, decorate the tin with punched holes and tie with red string. Save up all your tinned peach tins to practise.
    And there are all sorts of small girl and boy dolls you could make. Similar to an Amish doll with no face. Dressed in either Amish plain dress or Australian colonial wear, they'd be wonderful. : )

  4. Oh, Rhonda, I just love them. I like very simple Christmas decorations especially at this stage of life . I think I will try to make them. I love to do handwork in the evening. I have just found your blog and have bookmarked it. I so enjoy it. Jan

  5. Rhonda Jean,
    How pretty. I would love the patterns.
    Thank you so much.

  6. Thank you everyone. Jan and Elizabeth, I'll find the patterns in the next day or so. The house is upside down at the moment because we're painting.

  7. Put me down for a pattern too, please. They are so very charming!

  8. You're on my list, Mrs Pivec. : )

  9. I know that this is an older post, but if you still have the patterns handy I would love them. They are so cute.

  10. hello there

    just jumped over from Jenny's blog to download the be humble sampler and now see these christmas decorations. Would love to have the patterns if you are able to put them on the blog like the sampler. thanks.

  11. Hi Karen, I never found the pattern for these squares. I think I must have drawn them straight onto the linen.

  12. Did you ever put these up somewhere? You are such a good designer! Thank you for the ones you shared on the Be Humble post.

  13. I just came across your blog and really love these Christmas stitcheries. I would love to make them.


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