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Special Issue 2015 Scandinavian Christmas Be inspired to make and create for your home

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Scandinavian Christmas

Special Issue 2015


Inside this issue:

The countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland in northern Europe are the region called Scandinavia. While in close proximity to each other, every country has their own unique way of celebrating Christmas.

App Instructions




Feature Photo


Snowflake Centrepiece


Elves and gnomes, both mischievous and playful, feature in Scandinavian folklore, from the Swedish Tomte, who is believed to live under floorboards to the Danish and Norwegian goat like elf Nisse, who plays pranks on people during Christmas time.

Let’s Decorate


Feature Photo


Village in the Woods


Book Review


Pinterest Favourite Finds


Feature Photo


Birdie & Berries Stocking


Celebrating Christmas is truly a cherished and special event for all that live in northern Europe. Taking a small portion of each of these wonderful and inspiring traditions, we have gathered for you our unique vision of what will make this Christmas an authentic Scandinavian experience. Please enjoy!

Etsy Find


Simple Decorating Idea


Video Demonstration Blogger Find

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Fabric Tree Forest


God Jul … Glaedelig Jul … Hyvää Joulua! … Gleðileg jól … Merry Christmas to all.

Let’s Create


Gnome Doorstop


Feature Photo Cross Stitch Pattern

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Gift Wrapping Inspiration


Dala Horse


Christmas Gift Tags


Painted Hearts


Scandinavian Cushion


Fabric Find


Heartfelt Hanger


Feature Photo


Christmas Coronet


Burlap Candle Holders


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Christmas trees are a treasured tradition, decorated with, apples, candy, candles, handmade baubles and ornaments.

Warmly Lenna & Janice

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Requirements List Seven 3” x 13” (8cm x 33cm) red fabric strips 18” x 18” (46cm x 46cm) fusible lightweight batting and backing fabric Twenty five ½” (2cm) paper hexagons 5” x 15” (12cm x 38cm) white fabric for hexagons Applique needle (no 10) DMC Perle thread variegated red Rotary cutter, mat and ruler General sewing supplies

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Snowflake Centrepiece Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 15” x 15” (38cm x 38cm) NB a ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this pattern This stunning centre piece features an intricate snowflake that has been created using small hexagons. It is embellished further with simple hand embroidery. It will be admired by all who see it and will make the perfect accompaniment to any table arrangement.

Step 1 ~ Cut out the half hexagon shape (trapezoid) from the pattern sheet provided. Two of these shapes form one complete hexagon. Cut a strip of fabric 3” x 13” from each of the seven red fabric choices. Lay the template (trapezoid) along the strip, cut the angles, then reverse the template to cut the second unit. Lay the units onto a table matching the halves to produce a whole hexagon and sew together in rows vertically as shown. Sew the strips together to form the centerpiece.

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Winter Wonderland


Free crochet pattern to make these cute Christmas trees by FabArtDIY.

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Designed by Clare Youngs, cute reindeers to make, by Cut Out and Keep.

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Delightful cross stitch pattern, free download by Perelles blog.

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Free printable to make this cabin ornament by Made with love by Hannah.

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Free Scandinavian Christmas tree pattern by VeryKerryBerry.

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Free quilt pattern, Tweety’s Snowflake by Quilters Newsletter.

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Requirements List 8” x 22” (20cm x 60cm) main fabric 8” x 22” (20cm x 60cm) light weight lining fabric 3” (8cm) square bird fabric and offcut for wing 5” (13cm) double sided fusible webbing DMC embroidery thread #3777 red #413 grey, and matching thread for bird fabric No 9-10 Crewel needle Embroidery hoop Water soluble marker 15” (40cm) decorative braid

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Birdie & Berries Stocking Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 6” x 9” (15cm x 23cm)

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A ¼” seam has been used throughout this project Fill this decorative stocking with candy canes, sweets or a small gift. Hang from a mantel in your home to add some Christmas cheer. This project would also be ideal for a garland, make three stockings and hang all in a row. Step 1 ~ Cut out the templates provided. Fold the main fabric in half, then pin the stocking template to the fabric. Cut out two shapes. Repeat this process for the lining fabric so that you have two stocking shapes in lining fabric.

Christmas stockings are empty socks or sock-shaped bags that are hung on Christmas Eve so that Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) can fill them with small toys, candy, fruit, coins or other small gifts when he arrives. These small items are often referred to as stocking stuffers or stocking fillers.

Video Demonstration How to Crochet a Snowflake

LAURA ECCLESTON OF HAPPY BERRY CROCHET CREATES CROCHET TUTORIALS AND PATTERNS Inspiring and teaching one stitch at a time Watch along as she shows you how to crochet a snowflake. Discover more of Laura’s wonderful designs by becoming a patron.

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Requirements List Three 6” x 8 “ (15cm x 20cm) coordinating fabrics Matching machine cotton No 9-10 Sharps needle Paper covered wire (optional for stands) and pliers for cutting Three Cassia Bark whole cinnamon sticks 1 yard (1 metre) ribbon Fibrefill stuffing Pencil

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Fabric Tree Forest Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size—small 3 x 3½” (8cm x 9cm) medium 3¼” x 4” (7cm x 10cm) large 3” x 5” (8cm x 13cm) Create your very own forest of Christmas trees using some decorate fabrics and decorative trim. So quick and easy to make that even the kids will be able to help. Arrange them on a bench or window sill to add some festive cheer to your home, or attach a hanger and display them on the Christmas tree. Step 1 ~ Select coordinating fabrics that are varied in pattern. Cinnamon sticks can be purchased from your local supermarket in the spices section or alternatively use larger width sticks from your garden or nearby park and attach a ribbon to the top of your trees for hanging.

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Requirements List 8” x 20” (20cm x 50cm) body fabric 10” (25cm) square wool felt for hat 2½” (7cm) polystyrene ball for head 6” (15cm) square thick batting for head Fibrefill and wool roving for stuffing and beard Small crochet hook Three decorative buttons Old sock Rusty bell Scissors, matching thread Dried lentils or rice

Gnome Doorstop Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 5” x 11” (13cm x 28cm) NB a ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this pattern

This novel Gnome character will not only keep the door open, but will also be a decorative addition to your Christmas décor. Traditionally known as “a gift bearer”, a Scandinavian Christmas theme wouldn’t be complete without one of these. Step 1 ~ Cut out the templates provided on the line. Place the body template onto your chosen fabric, aligning the edge of the pattern along the fold of the fabric. Cut two body shapes from two different fabrics. Cut out one base shape. Place the body shapes right sides together and sew the side seams.

Pin the base to the body right sides together, matching the marking on each side seam. Sew around the base to complete the body. Turn through to the right side. Fill the base with dried lentils or rice, then stuff firmly with wool roving or fibrefill. Fold the top raw edge of the body to form a ¼” seam. Secure with a Running stitch, leaving the thread end long.

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Requirements List 5” x 10” (13cm x 25cm) wool felt main colour 4” (10cm) square wool felt medium heart 3” (8cm) square heart flower Fibrefill or wool roving DMC embroidery thread black, white, grey and matching main felt colour 12” (30cm) decorative ribbon Freezer paper

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Heartfelt Christmas Hanger

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Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 4”x 4” (10cm x 10cm) Sew this sweet little heart hanger to decorate your home or to give as a lovely homemade gift this Christmas. So quick and easy it can be made in a few hours. Made from hand dyed wool felt and embellished with simple hand embroidery, it will add just the right festive touch hanging from a door handle or hook in your home.

Step 1 ~ Trace the template shapes provided onto the dull side of the freezer paper. Trace three of the smaller heart. Cut out on the drawn line. Handy Hint ~ Draw the heart shapes as broken lines, this will achieve a more accurate curved shape.


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