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5 Exciting DIY Options for Your Christmas Crafting Projects

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Christmas is the perfect time to get back in sewing action. Sewing in the holiday season is very comforting and rewarding as well. Nothing beats personalized, thoughtful gifts, and what better thing to give than something handmade. We have tried incorporating wide-ranging ideas covering choices for decoration, gift bags, or wrapping ideas in this blog. Fortunately, Moda Fabrics are here to aid your Christmas collection needs.

Project Options for Christmas Collection

Here are some options for you:

  1. Classic Stuffed Stockings

Stuffed stockings are one of the things that reflect Christmas theme and Benartex fabrics have just the right fabrics for you. It brings so much joy and comfort to see such beautiful hangings right over the mantelpiece for each family member. Here’s what you will need:

  • A stocking design or pattern
  • Christmas fabric from your favorite brand, get one from Benartex or Moda Fabrics – our picks for you.
  • Muslin Fabric – white
  • Rotary mat and cutter
  • Coordinating thread
  • 1-inch pompom trim
  • Fabric hot glue
  • Sewing supplies like shears, machines, etc.
  • Serger – optional (it does not matter if you can’t get your hands on one, a regular machine would suffice)

Follow the instructions and start assembly accordingly. Use the assembled pattern for cutting out the pieces mentioned below for every stocking.

  • From the main fabric cut 1 outside front and 1 back piece from either same fabric or different.
  • 2 inside lining pieces from muslin cloth.
  • Use a rotary mat and cutter and cut a part of the fabric for the cuff portion of the stocking. We suggest making a 10x13.5 inches one.

Sewing Instructions:

  • Line the fabric pieces together to make your Christmas stockings. Ensure that both right sides of the fabrics are facing each other.
  • Flip the sock out when you are stitching them together from the bottom and edges. 
  1. Drawstring Gift Bags 

Holiday gifting is a special occasion, and Benartex has special Christmas fabrics perfect for your project requirements. As a rookie, drawstring gift bags are the easiest to start off with. One advantage of using a cloth to make wrapping is that it is environmentally friendly and reusable. Here’s what you will need:

  • Christmas fabric scraps
  • Matching thread
  • Disappearing ink marker
  • A ribbon
  • Sewing supplies
  • Embellishments
  • Rotary cutter and mat

Here’s how you can make the gift bags:

  • If you want to make a 7-inch bag cut a piece of 6 inches x 20 inches and one ribbon of 22 inches.
  • For a 9-inch bag cut, 8inch x 24 inches fabric and 24 inches ribbon.
  • A large bag of 11 inches approx would require a piece of 10 inches x30 inches fabric and a 26 inches ribbon.

Step wise process:

  • After cutting the piece, fold 1 edge down (half) and iron it. This will make the top of the bag.
  • Stitch 2 lines across the fold to create a drawstring area. Matching the thread to the same color as the fabric is a good option, or not if you want contrast. You have the choice of using a straight stitch or can go for a zigzag in case of stretchy material.
  • Ensure back stitching so that the thread does not come out.
  • Fold your fabric in half width wise with the wrong side facing. Do not insert any sewing pins on the top or fold edges.
  • Stitch along the bag together. Use straight stitch for woven fabric and zigzag for stretched ones.
  • Change the bag ride side out. Finish the fraying, if any, with a serger.
  • Cut the ribbon according to your bag size. Now, insert the drawstring using a safety pin, remove it once done.
  1. Cutlery stocking 

Meals are a very big part of the festivity and kind of like the core. Planning theme coordinated meals accentuate the mood. Luckily, RJR Fabrics has perfect bundles for Christmas in stock, and these stockings give an aesthetic look to the place settings. 

The project is easy and is made exactly like regular stockings but smaller in size. 

  1. Christmas Canvas Banner 

A banner in the living area will tie the whole Christmas look together. It is an easy project; you will pull it off, just follow these steps. For starters, gather these supplies:

  • Half yard canvas
  • 18 inches dowel rod
  • Sewing machine
  • 12x12 inches piece of fabric letters
  • Circuit maker with rotary blade and fabric mat
  • 1 piece red felt
  • 2 pieces of green felt
  • 6 buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Cut files for letters

Step wise process: 

  • Make the banner using a canvas shape, cut it around 16x22 inches. Mark the center at 16 inches from the top on 22 inch side and mark.
  • Next, draw a line connecting the center markings and cut along the line. Repeat the same for another side.
  • Now, fold the banner’s top around 1 inch and press on it. Fold sides of the banner of a one-quarter inch and press again.
  • Cut the letters using a circuit and attach them.
  1. Snowflake Pillow

It is one of the easiest things to make, which has a lasting impact on aesthetics. Here is what you will need:

  • 18-inch pillow
  • 1 Christmas fabric piece cut 18x18 inches for pillow front.
  • 1 piece for white twill cut to 10x10 inches for the front patch.
  • 2 pieces of 12x18 inches for black panels.
  • Felt snowflake decoration.
  • Glue
  • Shears
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing supplies

 Directions:

  • Fold all the raw edges of your pillow front and press.
  • Put the pillow front’s main panel piece face up on your work surface.
  • Place the front patch in the middle area and pin it up.
  • Place the completed front panel on your work surface. Put one of the back panel pieces facing down along the top edge in the frontal piece facing right. Align all the raw edges and top corners. Pinpoint the remaining piece of the back panel with the bottom edge of each back panel piece.
  • Sew all around the parameter of pinned area.
  • Clip corners, finish the seam with a serger and turn the cover inside out.
  • Fix the snowflake pattern in the center.
  • Slip the pillow inside the cover, and you are set to go.

If you are confused about where to start, we recommend getting help from Royal Motif Fabrics. They not only will guide you but also provide you with a wide selection of fabrics  to match your project  needs. 

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