Category Archives: Christmas Crafting

Paper Pieced Nordic Christmas Star Table Runner

Star Paper Pieced Table RunnerI’m a huge fan of Scandi Christmas decor so this year I fancied whipping up a Nordic inspired Star Table Runner. Its such a simple project using English Paper Piecing and can be done almost entirely by hand, great for evenings in front of the TV!

The finished table runner measures 12 inches by 40 inches or 30cm by 100cm

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Back of the Nordic Star Table Runner

Ingredients

Winter Wonderland Fabric Bundle

1 Fat Quarter Sevenberry Red Gingham

Aurifil Thread in 2021 and 2250 (red)

3″ 8 Point Diamond Paper Pieces

Sewline Gluepen (if you aren’t thread basting)

1/2 metre Osnaberg

Wadding (I used Warm & White)

DMC Perle Cotton Red 321

How To:

The Stars are made using 8 Point Paper Diamonds but you could also use 6 Point Paper Diamonds for a quicker finish. If using 8 Point Paper Diamonds you will need  24 paper diamond pieces and 24 fabric diamonds. I simply pinned my paper diamond to my fabric and cut around it leaving at least a 1/4 inch seam. I cut 12 white and 12 red diamonds from my fabrics.

Use a glue pen or thread to baste your fabric to your diamond paper pieces. See our post here for thread basting and here for glue basting. When paper piecing with diamonds don’t cut the off dog ears we will use them later, if possible try and make sure they point the same way.

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Sew the diamonds together using whip stitch and red thread. Stitch 4 of your diamonds together to form one side of the star, when you have two sides made up stitch them together to form an eight pointed star.

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Repeat to make another two 8 point diamond stars.

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Press (iron) your stars, keeping the paper pieces within the star. Take your first star and gently remove the paper pieces, I found that because I had pressed (ironed) my stars with the paper pieces in place when I took them out the stars retained their shape even though I had used my glue pen rather than opt for the more traditional thread basting.

Take your half metre of Osnaberg and fold in half and then in quarters to find the mid point. Pin one star to the centre of this mid point and pin all the diamonds down, applique your star.

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Things I found useful when appliquéing my stars:

  • When appliquéing your star to the Osnaberg use the same thread colour as the fabric diamond you are stitching.
  • Rather than working around each diamond in a clockwise direction take it in turns stitching opposite diamonds down eg. North, then South, East then West, NE then SW etc. to make sure they all lay flat when stitched down.
  • I used a large 12 inch embroidery hoop when appliquing to maintain the tension of the Osnaberg.
  •  When you reach the point of the diamond trim back the dog ear leaving about 1/4 inch poking out, using your needle tuck the dog ear underneath the point and stitch down.

Repeat for remaining Stars ensuring they are lined up.

For the backing patchwork cut 30 squares measuring 4 1/2 inches. Using a 1/4 inch seam sew three squares together for each row, then sew your rows together to form the backing of the runner, you should have 10 rows in total.

Cut some batting slightly larger than the backing, and cut your Osnaberg front down to 12.5 inches wide ensuring your stars are centered in the middle. Layer on top of batting and baste the three layers together using safety pins.

Using your Perle Cotton hand quilt around the stars using running stitch

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Once you have finished your quilting take the fabric you are using for your binding and cut into strips 2 1/2 inches wide. Sew all the strips together so you have one strip of fabric. Press the joining seams open and then fold the strip in half and press. With the unfinished edge of the binding aligned to the edge of table runner stitch it down using a 1/4 inch seam.  If you haven’t stitched binding before we have a photo how to here

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Hand stitch your binding to the back of your table runner.

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Happy Christmas Sewing!

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DIY Hessian Christmas Wreath

DIY Country Christmas Hessian Wreath

Last year the wonderful Claire from Claireabellemakes shared her DIY No Sew Christmas Wreath and this year I really wanted to make a wreath using one of my favourite craft materials, hessian, aka jute or burlap to our friends over the pond!.

This is a really quick make and the mix of Hessian and red gingham ribbon really says cosy country Christmas to me.

Ingredients

30 cm Polystyrene wreath
Hessian 40 cm by 60cm
Pins
2 metres 25mm Red Gingham Ribbon
Paper Poinsettia Flowers

We have a few complete wreath kits available here

How to:

1. Cut hessian into strips approx 2.5″ wide by 23′ inches long

2. Pin a hessian piece into the back of the wreath and begin wrapping it tightly around the wreath.

Start pinning your hessian

3. When the first hessian piece runs out, overlap another piece, pinning it in the back and continue wrapping around the wreath so the end of the first piece is secured behind the second.wrap the hessian tightly around the wreath

4. Repeat for the remaining hessian wrapping the hessian pieces around the wreath until it is covered.

Hessian wrapped wreath

5. At the end either tuck the hessian piece as I did below, or secure it with pins or glue it in place, this will be covered with ribbon later so don’t worry if its on show now.Tuck the last end in

6. Get your poinsettia pieces and pinch the petals and leaves to give them some definition.

Pinch the petals of the ponisetta

7. Layer them as you wish. For two of the Poinsettias I layered two petals, two leaves, a centre piece and a brad. For the other poinsettia I left out the leaves.

Layer your flower pieces

Paper Poinsettia pieces

8.  Using the brads, pin the poinsettias to your wreath

9. Cut your ribbon in half, so you have two 1 metre lengths. Use one metre to create a bow and with the other metre wrap it around where your hessian finished, tie a knot twice then tie the ends to form a hanger.

10. Pin or glue your bow to your ribbon hanger.

DIY Country Christmas Hessian Wreath

Thats it your Country Christmas Wreath is done!

DIY Country Christmas Hessian Wreath

Our Christmas Craft Shop is now open so if you are after Christmas Crafting essentials be sure to check it out!

Happy Christmas Crafting!

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Customising your Christmas Wish Advent Calendar

Completed Dashwood Studio Advent Calender finished

It seems I’m not the only one taken by Christmas Crafting in July, our Christmas Wish Advent Calendar Panels have been flying out the door since my how to post earlier in the week. I appreciate my version of the calendar was probably on the girlier side and I had a couple of questions from customers on other co-ordinating fabrics and bias bindings that could also be used with the panel.

Christmas Wish fabrics and binding

I’ve pulled together some co-ordinating fabrics and bias bindings so you can see how they look alongside the panel which will hopefully make customising your advent calendar a little easier.

Backing fabrics

A few options for backing fabrics from Dashwood Studios and Sevenberry

Christmas Wish Fabrics

Left Side: All Dashwood Studios: Snowflake Red, Snowflake Green, Snowflake Blue, Gingerbread, Flurry Teal

Right Side: All Sevenberry: Red Gingham, Red Spot, Red Ticking, Sage Green Gingham, Sage Green Spot, Sage Green Ticking, Light Pink Gingham, Light Pink Spot, Light Pink Ticking

These fabrics could also be used to make your own bias binding, one fat quarter should be more than enough for 2.5 inch binding.

Bias Bindings

We have quite a lot of pre-made bias bindings in stock at The Homemakery and despite the number we have it is hard to get an exact match so these are the ones which go well with the panel. The border of the panel is red, so when choosing a co-ordinating bias binding bear that in mind.

Choosing a bias binding

Top to bottom: Light Pink Polka Dot Bias Binding, Brown Polka Dot Bias Binding, Grey Polka Dot Bias Binding, Beige Polka Dot Bias Binding, Red Stripe Bias Binding, Red Gingham Bias Binding, Pink Stripe Bias Binding, Pink Gingham Bias Binding, Sage Green Lace Edge Bias Binding, Red Lace Edge Bias Binding, Pale Blue Lace Edge Bias Binding.

I hope those pictures help visualise the fabrics and bindings in real life.  If you need any further help do drop me an email!

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How to: Dashwood Studio Christmas Wish Advent Calendar

Dashwood Studio Christmas Wish Advent Calendar - The Homemakery Blog

Christmas in July?  I am definitely not that person, call me traditional but I like Christmas crafting at Christmas! This week saw lots of Christmas Wish Advent Calendar Panels leaving Homemakery HQ so I popped one aside to do at one point. Who am I kidding it sat there calling me and before I knew it I was Christmas Crafting in July!!

This is one seriously cute little project and I loved making it. The Christmas Wish Advent Calendar Panel handily comes with instructions printed on it. The instructions are quite basic so I thought I would share how I chose to make my advent calendar. I do deviate from the instructions somewhat, namely that the panel proposes using a box pleat so that the pockets have some give at the top so you can pop larger treats in them. I wanted my pockets to lay flat against my panel rather than gape open at the top so that is how I made mine up. Its great this panel is versatile enough that you can make it both ways.

When finished the panel measures 54 by 47 cm and each pocket measures 7cm x 7cm.

Ingredients

Christmas Wish Advent Calendar Panel
1 FQ of backing fabric – I used Snowflakes Blue the only fabric I don’t recommend using is the Christmas Trees as they will go in the wrong direction on the back of the panel.
Warm & White Quilt Wadding
3m Pink Stripe Bias Binding
1m Grey Strip Xmm ribbon
2 Large Wooden Heart Buttons
2805 Aurifil thread
Wooden Dowel (I used a garden bamboo pole which I wrapped in Washi tape).

*UPDATE: I had a few requests for other coordinating fabrics and bias bindings that go well with the advent calendar panel, you can find my suggestions here*

How to

1. First cut out your backing panel by cutting around the green border. Next cut out your pocket strips by cutting around the ecru border.

Cut out your advent calendar panel pieces

2. To create your pockets first fold over the top ecru seam allowance and press flat, make sure no ecru shows on the pocket. Once you are happy all the pockets will look ok from the front, tuck under 1/4 inch at the back and iron.

Preparing the pockets

3. Pin the seam down and top stitch in place. Repeat for remaining pocket strips and press.

Top stitch the top of the pockets in place

4. To save time later I then turned under the bottom seam allowance of each pocket strips and pressed

Press the bottom seams under

5, Line up all your pocket strips and cut along the dotted line to create your individual pockets

Cut your pockets

6. With you pockets all cut up fold over and press each side of the pocket

Pockets ready for pressing

Press side seams over

7. Place the pockets where you want them on the backing and then pin in place, you may need a lot of pins!Pin your pockets onto your calendar panel

8. Once you are all pinned its time to top stitch the pockets in place

Top stitch your pockets in place

A note on top stitching. The pockets come in 5 colourways red, light pink, light green, light blue and teal. When I started I thought about stitching each colour way with a different thread, then I decided I just wanted to get on with it and sew! I opted for Aurifiul thread 2805 in Robins Egg. It goes really well with the greens and blues and because aurifil thread is so fine its looks absolutely fine on the red and pink.

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9. Once your pockets are sewn in place pick out a fat quarter (55 lenghth x50cm width) for the backing fabric and layer right side down, pop your wadding on top and then you advent calendar panel on top right side up, make sure they are all lined up and then pin the layers together.

Layer up your backingPin your layers together

10. Now for the quilting, if you have a walking foot you will probably want to pop it on your machine, although the warm and white quilt wadding is quite thin so a walking foot isn’t essential. Select a thread for quilting, I carried on using the Aurifil 2805, and quilt the panel however you like. I sewed around the red border and then sewed along the centre of the red border. The centre of the panel will need some quilting. I was going to do straight lines between each row of pockets but in the end I decided to play with the stitches on my sewing machine and opted for a scallop underneath each row of pockets.

Quilted panel

11. Once you are all quilted its time to square up your panel for binding. I used the red border as a guide and using my ruler measured 1 1/4 inch from the red border to cut off the excess wadding and fabric.

12. For the bias binding I opted to used pre-made binding in a pink candy stripe to match the pink used throughout the panel. Pin the bias binding in place and sew down the pre-folded line which should measure 1/4 inch from the side.

Pin Bias Binding in Place

If you haven’t sewn on bias binding before when you get to a corner stop 1/4 inch from the bottom and backstitch. Remove from the sewing machine  Flip the bias binding to right away from the panel to form a diagonal line. Hold that diagonal line in place and flip the bias binding back so it lines back up with the panel. Pop back in your machine and carry on stitching down the line.

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Repeat at ever corner. When you have sewn all around the panel I fold the starting piece on a diagonal line and then sewed my end piece of bias binding over the top.

Finishing the bias binding

13. Once your bias binding is sewn in place cut off any excess and hand stitch it to the back using whip stitch (there is a great video for whip stitch here).

14. Your panel is now almost finished just time for a few finishing touches! I decided to sew on a couple of wooden heart buttons for decoration

Heart Button on advent calendar

I also sewed three loops of ribbon to the back of the panel to hold a dowel in place.

Hanging loops

This makes sure your panel will lie flat when its hung up . To the dowel I then tied some ribbon to form a hanger.

Thats it. Advent Calendar finished!

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I really love this project and there are so many ways of personalise it to make it special to you: different bias binding and backing fabric, buttons, ribbons and quilting you really can make this Advent Calendar your own. If you fancy having a go you can find everything you need to make your own Christmas Wish Advent Calendar here

Happy Christmas Crafting and if you make your own Christmas Wish Advent Calendar do link me up, I would love to see it!

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