It’s so close you can almost touch it! It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow, are you well prepared or is today going to be a day of manic proportions? I hope you are having a happy and stress-free lead up to the festivities (Whatever you are celebrating).
I am off to the shop I volunteer at, so nothing much is going to get done today in a creative sense, though you never know – I might end up doing something in the evening!
Yesterday I prepared a quick tutorial on how to make the mini stocking baubles – ideal if you are stuck for a last-minute gift – or if you just fancy making something quick and simple. These are so easy, even if you are not a long-time cross-stitcher you could tackle this with ease!
Some aida or other cross-stitch fabric (my baubles are quite small because I am using up some scraps I had left from other projects).
Some backing fabric (I am using an off-cut of felt, this green isn’t the same as the other felt I’ve been using but I’m not that bothered – if you want to match your scheme more accurately felt is quite a cheap option to buy generally, but any strong fabric will do)!
Some stuffing for your bauble – this is the only thing not in the picture – (I am using the filling from an old pillow, alternatively tights work quite well! Or you can buy stuffing from a fabric or craft shop)!
Scissors – for cutting threads, and for cutting fabric – you can see my thread scissors in the pic above as I already cut my fabric out a while ago.
And… er… a needle!
If you have seen the two stocking baubles I have made previously, you will see I have continued with my theme of red, green and white. Here I have added some yellow thread.
Cut the aida and the backing into the desired shape – it doesn’t matter what really, I’ve chosen stockings.
Stitch a design onto the aida - you can use a pattern, or this time for example I made it up as I went along! (should really have used a different piece of card to use as backing for the photo really…)
There can be as much or as little stitching involved as you like really, I have chosen to not do much, the outcome is quite sweet and simple.
When you have finished stitching the front of your stocking, it’s a simple case of blanket stitching around to attach the backing piece – don’t forget to add your stuffing, and continue to blanket stitch closed, and you should end up with something like this: I haven’t actually added the hanging loops for any of the three I have made so far! I’m simply using some bakers twine (red and white twisty thread) stitched through the top right corner. I may even add some ribbon and I think I have some tiny bells, which I might stitch on if I have time!! Who knows!
So there you are. A simple tutorial for a simple bauble!
If you do end up making one – do let me know! Either here or on Facebook (just hit that little “Like” button on the right there).
I hope you have a lovely Friday!