CHRISTMAS 2016 30 inspiring projects, ideas and helpful hints to make your Christmas a memorable one!
Stocking Ornament see page 25
Snowman Figurines see page 10
Table Runner & Napkins
Round Placemats & Coasters
Boxed Advent Calendar
White Tree & Woven Hearts
Mini Santa Hat
Holly Tags & Hexi Decoration
Washi Tape Cards
Hessian Stocking & Hessian Bunting
Fluffy Christmas Wreath
Cabled Christmas Stocking
Bottle Gift Bags
Christmas Tote Bags
Red & White Jewellery
Christmas Tree Stocking Ornament
Kids Christmas Outfits
Pre Printed Christmas Panels
Project instructions not shown are available from our Australian and New Zealand websites lincraft.com.au & lincraft.co.nz. Please refer to the project numbers listed on the project pages.
I’ve loved Christmas with a passion since I was tiny. My early memories are filled with tinsel, treats and the thrill of bringing a freshly cut tree home to decorate. Dad would lay all the lights out and check every bulb before carefully winding it round the branches. My parents would decorate the tree while my brother and I were asleep and we would wake up to a glittering vision, so excited at the countdown to Santa. The days in between the tree and the big day would be filled with cooking, list making and so much excitement I thought I would burst. I loved seeing the mantle fill with a growing collection of cards. I loved my mum looking through cookbooks to decide what treats we would be making. We watched Christmas specials on TV beside a blinking tree eating Christmassy treats, and I loved making and wrapping presents for other people. These days I bring the boxes out of storage and it’s my kids that have the joy of assembling and decorating the tree. It’s great to watch them do it, and see them handle ornaments they remember from previous years. Some, they have made, some I have made, many have been carefully selected over the years and each holds its own little story. Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s the days leading up to it as well that hold the memories. You may have an elaborate day, it may be spent with friends, and for some, a day they will spend on their own. No matter how you celebrate you can make it special with projects inside this magazine, and stretch out the joy just a little further by making some gorgeous things to tuck away until December, pass on as gifts to others or use to bling up your house and make your Instagram Christmassy. There are big projects, small ones, and some great for kids. Each one has been made and written with love to help you make your life just a little bit sparkly in the lead up to Christmas. Happy reading, happy making and happy Christmas from us to you.
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TABLE RUNNER AND
Napkins YOU WILL NEED • Squares of fabric for napkins • A piece of fabric for your table runner (this size will vary with the size of your table) • Sewing machine • Iron
INSTRUCTIONS Napkins Use the template below to determine the size of Napkin you require, and cut squares of fabric 4cm larger (to allow for hem turning). Turn and press double-fold hems, pinning as you go. Sew the hems with a straight stitch on your sewing machine, or with a decorative stitch in a contrasting thread if desired.
Table Runner A table runner can run down the centre of your table, or across the middle. The size of your runner will be determined by the size of your table. Cut fabric 4cm larger than you require. Turn and press double-fold hems, pinning as you go. If your fabric is very bulky, you may consider using bias tape instead to reduce hem thickness. Sew the hems with a straight stitch on your sewing machine, or with a decorative stitch in a contrasting thread if desired.
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Coasters YOU WILL NEED • 2 squares of contrasting fabric 4cm wider than your template shape • A serving plate or tray to trace around as a template for the placemats • A saucer for the coaster template • Fusible interfacing • Sewing machine • Iron • Pen • Sharp scissors • Ruler or chopstick (for turning and pushing out the finished shape) Note: the following instructions apply for a coaster, a placemat or any size of circle. Make as many as you need in whatever size you need. Our placemat was 36cm in diameter, our coaster was 12cm in diameter.
INSTRUCTIONS Lay the fusible interfacing on a flat surface, and place your template shape face down. Trace around the edge with a pen. You will sew on this line, so make it good and dark. It won’t show through the final project unless your fabric is very light or transparent. If this is a concern, use a water soluble marker. Iron the fusible interfacing on to the wrong side of one of your pieces of fabric. Pin the other piece of fabric right sides together to your interfaced piece of fabric, and then sew carefully around the circle you have traced on the interfacing. Allow enough space to turn the shape inside out (5cm should be enough). Don’t turn the shape yet! Using sharp scissors, trim the excess off around the circle – allowing a margin of 3-5mm. Allow slightly more when you get to the unsewn part of the circle. Be careful with this stage. You want a small seam allowance left so that your stitching doesn’t come undone, but not too much or the edges will be bulky and uneven. You can now turn the circle inside out. Use a ruler or a chopstick to push out the edges and make a nice smooth line around the edges. Give the circle a good press to make it flat, turn in the unsewn edge and pin closed. Carefully topstitch around the circumference of the circle to reinforce the edges and close the unsewn edge. You could choose a decorative stitch in a contrasting thread f or an extra touch of decoration if your hands are steady.
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Santa YOU WILL NEED • • • • • • •
Christmas fabric – 20cm Homespun – plain, ivory – 20cm Gutermann – colours 1, 396 Scissors Template Marvy - Fabric marker Pins
Step 1: Using the template as a guide cut 2 pieces of the Christmas fabric, adding a 0.5 cm seam allowance. Step 2: With right sides together machine sew a 0.5 seam allowance. Leave a 5cm opening to turn right side out. Step 3: Snip corners. Step 4: Turn right side out and press. Step 5: Top stitch 2-3mm from edge. This will also close the 5cm opening. Step 6: Cut 2 12 x 16.5cm pieces from the homespun. Step 7: Sew a 0.5 cm seam allowance, leaving a 5cm opening. Step 8: Snip the corners. Step 9: Turn right side out and press. Step 10: Insert a paper through opening to protect the back piece. Write message with fabric marker. Remove paper. Top stitch 2-3mm from edge. This will also close the opening. Step 11: Using the template as a guide, fold sides to centre. Step 12: Insert folder letter as a guide to create final envelope size. Sew in place the bottom of the sides. Step 13: Fold bottom upward. Step 14: Pin in place and blind stitch the 2 diagonals.
YOU WILL NEED • A ready made canvas sized 14” x 18” – or similar • Piece of Calico – or your chosen fabric, large enough to wrap around the canvas • 360cm of hook and eye (Velcro) tape – cut into 6 x 60cm lengths. Each length of tape should be long enough to wrap around your canvas, so if your canvas is a different size or shape to ours, please allow for the difference • 25 Paper Mache boxes. Lincraft sells these in packs of 8, so you will need 3 packs plus an extra box. • Scrapbooking Paper • Mod Podge • Paintbrush • Numbers from 1 – 25 printed on plain paper. • Scissors • PVA glue • Sewing machine (optional) • Staple Gun or a Low Temp Glue gun
INSTRUCTIONS Start by preparing your boxes Take the top off the box, and using the base of the box as a template, trace the shape on the wrong side of scrapbooking paper. Using scissors, cut out the shape, and use that template to cut shapes for the remainder of your boxes. We used different paper for each box, but you could use the same paper if you like – or even recycle old Christmas cards. Cut out the numbers from the downloadable sheet (or use your own). Stick the precut shapes to the top of your boxes by painting a layer of mod podge on the box, lay the shape on top, then paint another layer of mod podge over the top to protect it – smoothing out any bubbles as you go. When dry, repeat with the numbers on top of the scrapbooking paper. Prepare the bases Take a length of the hook and eye tape – you will need the rough (hook) side only, and cut it into lengths long enough for the back of each box. You will have tape left over. Use PVA Glue to fix the tape to the back of each box and allow to dry thoroughly (overnight). Prepare the Canvas Place your calico on top of the canvas so you can see how large the area you need to work with is, and lay the hook & eye tape (soft side up) in position. Pin it in place. When you are sure that the tape is in the right position, fix it to the calico with the zig zag stitch of your sewing machine with a line of stitching on the top and bottom of each strip. You could fix the tape to the canvas with a glue gun, but stitching is a neater solution. Wrap the calico around the canvas, fixing it to the back with a staple gun, or with a glue gun if you don’t have a staple gun. Finishing touches You can now put each box onto the canvas, arranging them as you please, and putting the lids on the boxes. Fill each box with your choice of surprise. You can fill in the gaps between boxes with felt shapes if you like.
Calendar Fill each box with a decoration to hang on the tree throughout December, with sweets, or include an activity, poem or inspirational quote for the family to share. 7
These bags can be made in any size. We made large ones as Santa Sacks & embroidered an initial on the front to personalise them. You could make medium sized ones to hold items (a Christmas hamper), or to cover a bucket holding a Christmas tree. Small ones would be great as table decorations filled with sweets, or with items to keep kids occupied during Christmas dinner.
YOU WILL NEED
• Christmas quilting fabric 114cm wide (or complete width) x 1m long. You need 1 piece for the outside and one for the inside. • Contrasting fabric for an initial (optional) • Vliesofix* large enough for the initial (optional only if not doing an initial). • Sewing machine • Iron
Step 1: Fold the bag in half widthways with right sides together so that both sides meet and sew along the side seam. You should have a tube. Step 2: Sew along the bottom seam, and then box the corners by lining up one side and the bottom seams and pinning 10cm from the corner (3cm if making a small sack). Sew a straight seam across the corner, and trim the corner off. Repeat for the other side. Step 3: Turn bag right side out and push out boxed corners. Step 4: Repeat with the second sack, and place one inside the other with right sides together. Sew the top of both bags together allowing a 15cm unsewn gap for turning. Turn the bags out and push one inside the other so they are neatly lined up. Press the top hem, and sew a line of decorative stitching at the top to keep both bags together. Fold over the top edge to reveal the contrast lining.
To make a small table sack you will need 2 pieces 27cm wide & 17cm high. Follow the instructions included, for the construction but scaled down appropriately where necessary. *Vliesofix is a product that allows you to fuse fabric to fabric with an iron for easy applique. It comes in the form of paper that you can draw or trace on. You then iron the vliesofix to the wrong side of your fabric, cut the shape out using sharp scissors, and peel the paper off to reveal the other side of the fusing. The fabric piece can then be safely ironed on to the main fabric piece and appliqued without lifting off. If making an initial for your santa sack please applique this on to the fabric before starting stage 1.
Download project #A236 our guide on Furoshiki wapping for gifts
Figurines YOU WILL NEED • • • • • • • • • •
FIMO mod clay – air basic white Sharp knife Sand paper, file Ribtex – 60mm head pins Pliers Reeves acrylic paint – white Lincraft PVA glue Christmas Ribbon 6mm – 20 cm for each snowman Black marker Cardstock – orange
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Step 1: Cut 3, 1cm and 2 cm strips [width of mod clay]. Step 2: Mold and form 6 balls from the strips – 3 small [for the head] and 3 large [for the body]. Step 3: With the end of a pen depress into head in the nose position. Step 4: Cut the head of the head pin and pierce into the head and the body. Leave pin in the body whilst drying. Step 5: Once dried, place a little PVA glue on pin and place head on body. Allow to dry. Step 6: Once dried paint with white acrylic. Paint a second coat is desired. Allow to dry. Step 7: Brush some PVA glue around the ‘neck’ where 2 balls meet.
Step 8: Wrap one end of the ribbon around the other end so the loop can be place loosely over the head of the snowman and pulled tight with the other. Step 9: Once the ribbon is wrapped around neck, trim excess and glue scarf in place [to body]. Step 10: Draw in eyes with black marker. Step 11: Cut small triangles from orange cardstock. Wrap the triangle around a toothpick to create a cone shape. Step 12: Glue nose in place in the position created in step 3.
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FIMO mod clay – air basic white Sharp knife Sand paper, file Rolling pin Pen cap Sullivans seed beads size 12 – colour 161 [clear] Ribtex – 60mm head pins Pliers
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Step 1: Roll out mod clay to a 2 mm thickness. Cut with a sharp knife cone shape using template. Step 2: With a pen cap/cutter cut holes randomly. Step 3: Feed 2 or 3 seed beads onto the head pins [1 head pin required per hole] Step 4: Cut excess with pliers. Step 5: Carefully insert the one end of the head pin in hole created. Step 6: Carefully lift piece and shape to create tree. Ensure edges join at the back smoothly. The edges can be ‘welded’ with a little water and running your fingers of edges to join.
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Beautiful as a tree decoration, or to hold a special gift, these hearts are deceptively easy to make!
Hearts YOU WILL NEED • A4 sized Felt pieces in your chosen colours (you will get 2 complete hearts out of each piece – so mix and match colours to create your own colourful heart. • Sharp scissors • Hole punch (optional) • Ribbon (optional)
Fold the felt piece in half so that the long sides meet, and using the template below, cut 4 heart halves on the fold. Carefully cut from the folded edge towards the curved edge 3 times (you will now have 4 sections for weaving. Follow the diagrams on the template to weave both halves together. You can fill the hearts with soft fill and sew them closed or leave them open as a basket and fill with a treat. To hang, either sew on a ribbon or embroidery thread. 11
Height (approx, excluding hanging loop) Circumference at base (approx)
Lincraft Cosy Wool 8ply, Superwash 8ply or DK 8ply 1st Colour (C1 - white) 2nd Colour (C2 - red)
100g balls small amount small amount
A pair of 4.00mm knitting needles. Two 4.00mm double-pointed knitting needles. Wool needle for sewing up.
22 sts & 30 rows to 10cm over stocking st, using 4.00mm needles.
Using a pair of 4.00mm needles and C1, cast on 25 sts. Knit 4 rows garter st and inc one st in centre of last row … 26 sts. Using C2, work 2 rows stocking st. 3rd row: K2tog, K10, K2tog, K10, K2tog … 23 sts. 4th and alt rows: Purl. 5th row: K2tog, K9, K2tog, K8, K2tog … 20 sts. 7th row: K2tog, K7, K2tog, K7, K2tog … 17 sts. 9th row: K2tog, K6, K2tog, K5, K2tog … 14 sts. 11th row: K2tog, K4, K2tog, K4, K2tog … 11 sts. 13th row: K2tog, K3, K2tog, K2, K2tog … 8 sts. 15th row: K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog … 5 sts. 17th row: K2tog, K1, K2tog … 3 sts. Beg Hanging Loop: With right side facing, slip Santa Hat’s 3 sts onto a double-pointed 4.00mm needle. 1st row: Knit. ** Do not turn. Slide sts to other end of needle and K3. Rep from ** until Hanging Loop measures 9cm (or length desired). Cast off.
Join back seam of Hat. Sew cast off edge of Hanging Loop to beg of Hanging Loop. Sew in all ends.
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YOU WILL NEED
YOU WILL NEED
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• Quilters blenders Fabric – 2 colours, 20 cm each [we used squares turquoise, squares red] • Glue stick • DMC thread: 349, 807 • Paper • Scissors • Needle • Braid rayon – 4mm – matching colour • Template
Felt cloth Emerald [90cm] 20 cm Gutermann thread 396 Bow & Tie satin 6mm ribbon - red – 30cm Template Scissors Sewing machine
Step 1: Draw template. Step 2: Using the template as a guide cut holly leaves. Step 3: Cut 8 leaves [4 for each tag]. Step 4: Place 4 leaves on top of each other. Cut the ribbon in half – 15cm. Fold the ribbon in half and place in between the 2 middle leaves. Machine sew down the middle of all leaves ensuring the ribbon is also sewn in place. Trim excess threads
INSTRUCTIONS Step 1: Cut 24 diamonds from the template. Step 2: Using the template cut diamond shapes from the fabric leaving a 0.5 cm seam allowance. Twelve of each colour. Step 3: Lay one fabric piece, right side facing downwards and a paper diamond on top. Step 4: With the glue stick, place a little glue on one edge of the diamond. Fold down the seam and press for 10 seconds. Step 5: Place a little glue on the adjoining edge and fold down the seam. Press for 10 seconds. Step 6: Place a little glue on the next adjoining edge and fold the seam. Press for 10 seconds. Step 7: Place a little glue on the last edge and fold the seam. Press 10 seconds. Repeat process with the remaining 23 diamonds, 11 red and 12 blue. Step 8: With right sides together, sew using whip stitch 2 diamonds together [one edge only]. Step 9: Open up diamonds, right side face down. Step 10: Continue to sew diamonds to each other. Step 11: Six diamonds will complete the centre colour – the sixth diamond will need to be sewn on both edges. Step 12: Join the 6 diamonds of the second colour to form a large hexagon. Step 13: Join 2 edges at a time. Step 14: Continue to join the next 5 blue diamonds. Step 15: Carefully lift the seam of one diamond. Step 16: Remove the paper. Step 17: Continue lifting the seam of the next diamond and removing the paper. Continue until all diamond papers have been removed. Step 18: With the embroidery thread sew using running stitch to add decorative detail. Step 19: Continue along until the star shape is complete. Step 20: Ensure that when sewing running stitch, the seams on the wrong side lay flat. Step 21: Complete the second hexagon in the reverse colours, in the way described above. Iron seams. Step 22: With wrong sides together sew edges together using whip stitch. Step 23: Sew the folded braid on one of the side of the hexagon.
Baubles Memento Baubles Fill a bauble with small buttons, lego pieces, dried flowers, twigs, beads, souvenirs from a recent holiday or anything you like as long as they are small enough to fit through the neck of the bauble. Ask each member of your family to fill one with something that is important to them. Script Baubles Cut a length of paper and write a memory, words from a Christmas carol or just use pretty scrapbooking paper. Curl into a tight spiral, poke it through the neck and let it unroll when inside. Gift Baubles Fill with bath salts, small sweets, stationary or craft items for a thoughtful small Christmas gift that can be used as a decoration once empty.
Baubles YOU WILL NEED
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1 box of DIY Baubles Acrylic paint in your preferred colours Liquitex Gloss Medium & varnish Container for mixing paint Bamboo skewers for mixing paint
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Make sure your work surface is protected as this project might get a bit messy! Mix some paint with some gloss vanish – about half and half will give you a smooth coating, more varnish will give you more transparency and a less consistent coverage which can be nice too. Take the metal lid off the bauble and pour some paint into the bauble. Slowly swirl it around inside the bauble until you have an evenly covered ball. To add a second colour pour a different coloured paint (premixed with gloss varnish) and swirl the colours together by tipping the bauble and letting the paint swirl and combine. You could further experiment by letting the paint dry in a section and leaving parts of the bauble clear and repeating the process on that clear section only. Wait until the bauble is completely dry before putting the cap back on. You can personalise your bauble further with a permanent marker or paint pen on the outside.
These DIY Baubles are fantastic for creating your own theme. Here are some ideas to get you started, but the possibilities are endless!
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This and That - Washi tape – black/silver 4 pack Scissors Pencil Lincraft PVA glue Lincraft 5 x Die Cut Card and Envelope packet White foam craft 5mm
• Black marker pen
Step 1: Cut 2cm strips of washi tape and fold over one end to create a point. Step 2: Continue to create enough points for design. Step 3: Draw with pencil the outline of the design – a Christmas tree. Step 4: Place a small amount of PVA glue to the base of the tree. Step 5: Stick the washi tape point to cover the shape drawn. Step 6: Continue to place glue and stick washi tape to cover entire design.
Step 7: Trim the final washi tape point to create the apex of the tree. With black marker pen write message/sentiment. Step 8: Draw 2-inch circle on the card. Step 9: Cut 1cm strips of washi tape. Fold the 2 corners of one end inwards to the centre to create a triangle point. Step 10: Place a little glue on the circle outline and stick triangle points to create a wreath. Continue until the wreath is complete. With black marker pen write message/sentiment. Step 11: Cut 2 squares measuring 1cm x 1cm of the foam tape. Step 12: Cut 2 strips of washi tape measuring 3-4cm in length. Place side by side and place one foam square on top. Step 13: Place the second square on top. Step 14: Wrap the foam with the tape as you would a gift. Step 15: Cut varying sizes of squares and rectangles. Wrap them individually to resemble gifts. Glue them to the card. With black marker write message/sentiment and draw ribbon bows.
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Cardstock – we used Sullivans colours tarragon, mars & white Sullivan Craft Punch – lever punch bauble Pencil Wool needle Crochet and knit cotton – white Crochet hook – 1mm Lincraft PVA glue Sullivans Cotton Twine 1ply – approximately 1.5m [or desired length]
INSTRUCTIONS Step 1: Punch 6 baubles from white cardstock. Step 2: Draw 3, 3inch circles on each cardstock and cut out. Step 3: Make 32 pencil markings 0.5 cm in from the edge of the circle. Step 4: With a wool needle or push pin punch holes where pencil markings were. Step 5: To crochet trim, start with look on crochet hook. Step 6: Starting at any hole insert hook through hole, yarn over and pull through same hole and stitch on hook.
Step 7: Chain 2. Step 8: Insert hook through next hole, yarn over, pull through hole and stitch on hook. Step 9: Continue around circle with chain 2 between stitches. Step 10: Continue around circle and secure with a slip stitch. Step 11: To create scallop edge. In the second 2 chain space, crochet 8 treble. Step 12: Slip stitch to join and complete the first scallop. There will be an empty 2 chain space on either side of the 8 trebles. Step 13: Continue around the circle, crocheting scallops with 8 trebles and leaving an empty 2 chain space either side. Step 14: Where there are 2, 2 chain space left, create the loop for hanging. Crochet 10 chains. Slip stitch on 5th chain from hook. Step 15: Chain 5 and slip stitch to beginning of first scallop. Step 16: Weave in ends. Step 17: Trim excess after weaving in ends. Step 18: Glue baubles, aligning vertically with hanging loops. Cut desired length of cotton twine. Feed twine through hanging loops.
YOU WILL NEED
YOU WILL NEED
• 30cm of red Hessian cloth (or colour required for stocking) • 10cm of cream Hessian cloth (or colour required for star & cuff of stocking) • Scissors • A button (optional) • Sewing machine • Iron • 20cm length of ribbon (optional)
• 25cm of Hessian cloth in 4 colour ways • Scissors • 3 metres of red grosgrain ribbon (or trim of your choice) • Scrap piece of paper to make a template • Ruler • Pen • Sewing machine
Step 1: Cut a triangle template by drawing a line 18cm long. Mark the Halfway point (9cm), and draw a line straight down from that point 22cm long. Draw ruled lines joining the outside points of these lines.
Use the templates provided to cut out 2 stocking shapes, one star and 2 cuff pieces. Also cut a hanging loop with a scrap of hessian 20cm long x 4cm (or use ribbon instead). Pin the cuff to the top edge of the stocking and using a straight stitch sew in place. Iron the cuff up and top-stitch with the zig zag stitch of your sewing machine. Pin the star to one of the stocking shapes and sew in place using a zig zag stitch. With right sides facing, pin both stocking shapes together, and using a straight stitch, sew around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open. Turn right side out and iron flat. Top stitch with zig zag to reinforce these seams. Fold the hanging loop piece in half lengthways and iron flat. Zig zag this flat fabric to form a hanging loop. Attach the loop to the top of the stocking – as per the photo, hand sew on a button.
Step 2: Use the template to cut bunting out of your three pieces of fabric. You can line the pattern up top to tail like this /\/\/\/\/\/. Step 3: Cut star shapes from hessian using the template below. Step 4: Pin one star to each triangle cut, and sew in place using the zig zag stitch of your sewing machine. Step 5: Pin the triangles to the grosgrain ribbon, and sew in place – using the zig zag stitch of your sewing machine.
TEMPLATES AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE #A160 & #A161
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1 ball of chunky yarn 1 Deco Foam wreath base Pack of assorted size pom poms (optional) Dressmakers pins (optional – and used to affix pom poms) 1 ball of red 8ply yarn 1 ball of white 8ply yarn Scraps of green yarn A pair of 4.00mm knitting needles Washable filling Wool needle for sewing up.
21 sts and 43 rows to 10cm over garter st, using 4.00mm needles. Knit your hearts: Using a pair of 4.00mm needles, cast on 4 sts. Working in garter st throughout, knit 2 rows. Inc one st at each end of next row, then every alt row until there are 24 sts. Knit 5 rows. Dec one st at each end of next and alt row … 20 sts. Knit 1 row. Next row: K2tog, K7, cast off next 2 sts, K6, K2tog. Cont on last 8 sts. Dec one st at each end of every alt row until 4 sts rem. Knit 1 row. Cast off these 4 sts. With wrong side facing, join yarn to rem 8 sts. Dec one st at each end of every alt row until 4 sts rem. Knit 1 row. Cast off.
Make the wreath: Cut a length of chunky yarn approx. 25cm long & check that it will fit around your wreath. Use that piece as a template to cut the rest of the pieces and tie them around the wreath arranging them as you go. Cut a length of red yarn and tie that around the wreath, undo it and use it as a template to cut further pieces. Tie these pieces between every few super duper pieces as an accent. Attach a heart to a length of i-cord and tie that to the top of the wreath. Repeat for the second heart. Arrange pom poms around your wreath and hold in place with dressmakers pins pushed through the pom pom and into the foam base.
Length (approx, from folded cuff to heel) Foot length (approx)
Lincraft Cosy Wool 8ply, Superwash 8ply or DK 8ply
cm cm 100g balls
A set of 4.00mm double-pointed knitting needles. Wool needle for grafting and sewing in ends.
22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm over stocking st, using 4.00mm needles.
REQUIREMENTS A cable needle.
C12B = slip next 6 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work, K6, then K6 from cable needle.
CABLED CHRISTMAS STOCKING
Using set of 4.00mm double-pointed needles, cast on 62 sts on 3 needles. 1st round: * K1, P1, rep from * to end. Rep 1st round until work measures 14cm from beg. Next round: K11, P1, inc knitways in next 7 sts, P1, K22, P1, inc knitways in next 7 sts, P1, K11 … 76 sts. Beg Cable Patt: 1st round: K11, P2, K12, P2, K22, P2, K12, P2, K11. 2nd round: As 1st round. 3rd round: K11, P2, C12B, P2, K22, P2, C12B, P2, K11. Rep 1st round 9 times. Last 12 rounds form cable patt. Cont in cable patt until work measures approx 45cm from beg, ending with a 7th patt round. Next round: K11, P1, [K2tog] 7 times, P1, K22, P1, [K2tog] 7 times, P1, K11 … 62 sts. Divide For Heel: Knit first 16 sts of round on to one needle, slip last 16 sts of round on to other end of same needle [these 32 sts are for heel]. Leave rem 30 sts for instep on one needle. Work 11 rows stocking st on heel sts, always slipping first st purlways on a purl row and knitways on a knit row.
Turn Heel: 1st row: Sl 1, K19, K2tog, K1, turn. 2nd row: Sl 1, P9, P2tog tbl, P1, turn. 3rd row: Sl 1, K10, K2tog, K1, turn. 4th row: Sl 1, P11, P2tog tbl, P1, turn. 5th row: Sl 1, K12, K2tog, K1, turn. 6th row: Sl 1, P13, P2tog tbl, P1, turn. 7th row: Sl 1, K14, K2tog, K1, turn. 8th row: Sl 1, P15, P2tog tbl, P1, turn. 9th row: Sl 1, K16, K2tog, K1, turn. 10th row: Sl 1, P17, P2tog tbl, P1, turn. 11th row: Sl 1, K20. 12th row: Sl 1, P21. 13th row: K11. Using 1st needle: Knit rem 11 sts of heel, then knit up 11 sts along side of heel; using 2nd needle, knit across 30 instep sts; using 3rd needle, knit up 11 sts along other side of heel, then knit rem 11 heel sts … 74 sts. Dec For Instep: 1st round: Knit. 2nd round: 1st needle, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1; 2nd needle, knit; 3rd needle, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, knit to end … 72 sts. Rep last 2 rounds until 64 sts rem. Cont without further dec until work measures 15cm from side of heel where sts were knitted up. Shape Toe: 1st round: 1st needle, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1; 2nd needle, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1; 3rd needle, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, knit to end. 2nd round: Knit. Rep 1st and 2nd rounds until 40 sts rem. Knit 1 round, then 1st needle of next round. Divide sts evenly between 2 needles and graft sts tog.
Using two double-pointed 4.00mm needles, cast on 3 sts. 1st row: Knit. ** Do not turn. Slide sts to other end of needle and K3. Rep from ** until work measures 50cm (or length desired). Cast off.
Fold rib cuff in half. Make a 16cm loop (or length desired) in the centre of the I-Cord and attach loop securely to outside edge of rib cuff. Sew in all ends.
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Make these reusable bags in any fabric you like, for a gift covering sure to please.
Gift Bags YOU WILL NEED • 25cm x the full width of your fabric (from selvedge to selvedge) for each bag should be wide enough to fit most wine bottles. If your bottle is very slim or fat please adjust the width. • 1 metre of fat ribbon • A sewing machine • Scissors
INSTRUCTIONS Zig Zag the edges of your fabric to stop them fraying. Fold the fabric in half – right sides together, and run a seam down both sides. Make a double-fold hem at the top and stitch it down to create a neat opening. Turn the bag right side out and press if required. Lay the bag on top of the ribbon 20cm from the base of the bag and attach it to the bag with a line of stitching very close to the edge.
Slip the bottle into the bag, fold over the excess fabric and tie the ribbon in a bow to hold closed.
Christmas TOTE BAGS
YOU WILL NEED
• A ready-made calico bag (sold by Lincraft) • Scraps of Christmas fabric • A piece of vliesofix* (available at the fabric counter) the same size as your fabric
• Sharp scissors • An iron • Sewing machine
*Vliesofix is a product that allows you to fuse fabric to fabric with an iron for easy applique. It comes in the form of paper that you can draw or trace on. You then iron the vliesofix to the wrong side of your fabric, cut the shape out using sharp scissors, and peel the paper off to reveal the other side of the fusing. The fabric piece can then be safely ironed on to the main fabric piece and appliqued without lifting off.
INSTRUCTIONS Step 1: Trace or draw a shape on the paper side of the vliesofix. The shapes for this project were cut freehand with a small nub at the top as a bauble hanger, but you could trace around a glass if you want a perfect circle shape. You could also blow up a shape or letter to trace around using a photocopier. Step 2: Place the vliesofix onto the wrong side of the fabric and carefully iron it onto the fabric. Using sharp scissors, cut around the traced line. Carefully peel the paper off the fabric and place the fabric right side up onto the calico bag. Iron the fabric to fix it in place on the calico bag. Step 3: Applique around the edges of your shapes with a decorative stitch if your sewing machine has one – or a fine zig zag if it doesn’t. Hanging strings can be made with a triple stitch, or by sewing two lines from the top of the bag down to your shape. Step 4: Give your work a light press and you are done.
These tote bags are great to give as a small gift on their own, or to wrap a larger gift. You could embroider any shape you like, and they would be fantastic embroidered with a child’s initial to be used as a book bag after Christmas is over.
RED & WHITE YOU WILL NEED • • • • • • • • • •
Sullivan – felt – white Sew Easy – wipe off fine line fabric marker DMC 816, white 3865 Seed beads – size 12 , weight 22g  both red Ribtex 20mm shepherd hooks – dark silver Sullivans - Brooch pin Wadding Scissors Needle Template
INSTRUCTIONS Step 1: Cut 4, 1.5 inch circles and 2, 2.5 inch circles. Step 2: Draw snowflake on 2 of the 1.5 inch circles with fabric marker. Step 3: Using one strand of DMC thread,
starting in the centre, from back to front, sew onto thread 8 seed beads. Step 4: Sew in place creating the first point of the snowflake. Step 5: Continue sewing 8 beads to create the next 5 points of the snowflake. Thread 2 strands onto the needle, tie 4 ends together. Bring needle from back to front at the mid-way point of one of the points. Step 6: Sew straight stitch. Step 7: Bring needle back to the front just near the end of the straight stitch. Step 8: Sew a French knot in this position. Step 9: See a straight stitch and French knot on the other side of the beads. Step 10: Repeat the same stitches at the end of the first point of the snowflake. Repeat the until entire snowflake has been embroidered. Step 11: Place beaded/embroidered piece on top of second felt piece. Sew together using white DMC thread with blanket stitch.
Any visible marker pen can be erased with a damp paint brush. Step 12: Sew the earring in between 2 blanket stitches. Close loop with pliers. Step 13: With 1 strand of DMC sew the 22g seed beads onto the 2.5-inch circle. Step 14: Continue sewing beads randomly but from the centre outwards. Step 15: Sew beads to create desired design/effect. Step 16: Sew size 12 seed beads around the centre beads. Step 17: Sew some beads in a scattered format. Step 18: Cut a 2-inch circle of wadding. Lay one 2.5 in circle of felt, piece of wadding and beaded piece. Step 19: Sew together with white DMC thread and blanket stitch. Also sew the brooch pin in the middle of the back.
PATTERN AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE #A372
CHRISTMAS TREE MEASUREMENTS
Height (approx, excluding hanging loop)
Lincraft Cosy Wool 8ply
A pair of 3.75mm knitting needles. Two double-pointed 3.75mm knitting needles. Wool needle for sewing up.
23.5 sts and 32 rows to 10cm over stocking st, using 3.75mm needles.
This Ornament has been knitted on smaller needles and at a tighter tension than usually recommended.
This Ornament can be worked in one colour, in stripes or you can work the rib band in one colour and the rest of the Stocking in another, however, for ease of knitting we suggest you work the heel and toe in just one colour.
You can use this pattern to create a beautiful Christmas Stocking Garland. Simply make an i-cord to your desired length and as many Christmas Tree Stockings as you need. Slide the Stockings onto the i-cord and secure them so they are evenly spaced, and hang up your Garland.
RIB TOP CHRISTMAS TREE STOCKING
Using a pair of 3.75mm needles, cast on 20 sts. 1st row: * K1, P1, rep from * to end. Rep 1st row 5 times. Work 14 rows stocking st.
** Shape Heel: Note: When turning, bring yarn to front of work, slip next st onto right hand needle, ybk, slip st back onto left hand needle, then turn and proceed as instructed. This avoidsholes in work. 1st row: K14, turn. 2nd row: P8, turn. 3rd row: K8, turn. 4th row: P8, turn. 5th row: K7, turn. 6th row: P6, turn. 7th row: K5, turn. 8th row: P5, turn. 9th row: K4, turn. 10th row: P3, turn. 11th row: K10, turn. 12th row: P16, turn. Work 7 rows stocking st. 20th row: * P2, P2tog, rep from * to end … 15 sts. 21st row: * K2, K2tog, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3 … 12 sts. 22nd row: * P2tog, rep from * to end … 6 sts. 23rd row: * K2tog, rep from * to end … 3 sts. Break off yarn, run end through rem sts, draw up tightly and fasten off securely.
ORNAMENT I-CORD HANGING LOOP
Using two double-pointed 3.75mm needles, cast on 3 sts. 1st row: Knit. ** Do Not Turn. Slide sts to other end of needle and K3. Rep from ** until work measures 12cm (or length desired). Cast off.
Join Stocking seam. Sew each end of the I-cord Hanging Loop to the inside top edge of the Stocking. Sew in all ends.
ROLL TOP CHRISTMAS TREE STOCKING
Using a pair of 3.75mm needles, cast on 20 sts. Work 22 rows stocking st. Work as for Rib Top Christmas Tree Stocking from ** to end.
I-CORD HANGING LOOP
Work as for Rib Top Christmas Tree Stocking.
Using a flat seam, join Stocking seam. Allow the top edge to roll over. Sew each end of the I-cord Hanging Loop to the inside of the Stocking. Sew in all ends.
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EYES (make 2)
Height (approx, when hanging)
Download all the projects from our website to create your own Christmas clan.
Using 3.00mm hook and C4, work 2ch. 1st round: 4dc in 2nd ch from hook … 4dc. Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing. cm
Lincraft DK 8ply 100g balls Main Colour (MC-marle grey) 1st Colour (C1-white) 2nd Colour (C2-fire red) 3rd Colour (C3-apple) 4th Colour (C4-marle charcoal)
1 1 1 small amount small amount
A 3.00mm crochet hook or size needed so that no holes appear in stitches through which stuffing may show.
Wool needle for sewing up. Lincraft siliconised stuffing premium soft fill. Silver embroidery thread A stitch marker (optional).
Tension is not important for this project.
mr = magic ring (alternatively 3ch, sl st into beg ch and dc into ring).
HEAD/BODY (worked from top of Head to bottom
d e co r a t
io ns. DIFFICULTY
as one piece in continuous spirals) Using 3.00mm hook and MC, work 6dc into mr. 1st round: Inc once in each dc … 12dc. 2nd round: [1dc in next dc, inc in next dc] 6 times … 18dc. 3rd round: [1dc in each of next 2dc, inc in next dc] 6 times … 24dc. 4th round: [1dc in each of next 3dc, inc in next dc] 6 times … 30dc. 5th round: [1dc in each of next 4dc, inc in next dc] 6 times … 36dc. 6th round: 1dc in each dc to end. Rep 6th round 4 times. Beg to stuff. Cont to stuff as you go. 11th round: [1dc in each of next 4dc, 1dc over the next 2dc] 6 times … 30dc. 12th round: [1dc in each of next 3dc, 1dc over next 2dc] 6 times … 24dc. 13th round: [1dc over next 2dc] 12 times … 12dc. 14th round: Inc once in each dc … 24dc. 15th round: [1dc in each of next 3dc, inc in next dc] 6 times … 30dc. 16th round: 1dc in each dc to end. Rep 16th round twice. 19th round: [1dc in each of next 9dc, inc in next dc] 3 times … 33dc. 20th round: 1dc in each dc to end. Rep 20th round twice. 23rd round: [1dc in each of next 10dc, inc in next dc] 3 times … 36dc. 24th round: 1dc in each dc to end. Rep 24th round twice. 27th round: [1dc over next 2dc] 18 times … 18dc. 28th round: [1dc in next dc, 1dc over next 2dc] 6 times … 12dc. 29th round: [1dc over next 2dc] 6 times … 6dc. Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing. Complete stuffing. Using the tail of yarn, thread in and out around the last few decs and gently pull hole closed.
EARS (make 2 – worked in continuous spirals) Using 3.00mm hook and MC, work 6dc into mr. 1st round: Inc once in each dc … 12dc. 2nd round: Inc once in each dc … 24dc. Change to C1. 3rd round: [1dc in next dc, inc in next dc] 10 times. Leave rem sts unworked … 30dc. Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.
LIMBS (make 4 – worked in continuous spirals)
Using 3.00mm hook and MC, work 6dc into mr. 1st round: [1dc in next dc, inc in next dc] 3 times … 9dc. 2nd round: 1dc in each dc to end. Rep 2nd round 5 times. Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing. Stuff lightly.
CHRISTMAS HAT (worked in continuous spirals) Using 3.00mm hook and C1, work 6dc into mr. 1st round: [1dc in next dc, inc in next dc] 3 times … 9dc. 2nd round: [1dc in next dc, 1dc over next 2dc] 3 times … 6dc. Change to C2. 3rd round: 1dc in each dc to end. 4th round: Inc once in each dc … 12dc. Use beg tail to stuff white tip of Hat. 5th round: 1dc in each dc to end. Rep 5th round once. 7th round: [1dc in next dc, inc in next dc] 6 times … 18dc. 8th round: 1dc in each dc to end. 9th round: [1dc in each of next 2dc, inc in next dc] 6 times … 24dc. 10th round: 1dc in each dc to end. Change to C1. 11th round: [1dc in next dc, 3tr in next dc, 1ch] 12 times, sl st to beg dc … 48 sts. Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing. GUMLEAF SCARF (worked along starting ch beg at leaf) Using 3.00mm hook and C3, make 8ch. 1st row: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1htr in next ch, 1tr in each of next 2ch, 1htr in next ch, 1dc in next ch, 3dc in last ch, turning as you go to work back along starting ch. 2nd row: Working back along starting ch: 1dc in next st, 1htr in next st, 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1htr in next st, 1dc in next st, sl st to beg dc. 3rd row: 30ch, sl st into 5th ch from hook, 10dc into ring, sl st to beg dc. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Using 3.00mm hook and all strands of silver embroidery thread, make 8ch, sl st to beg ch to form a ring. 1st round: 16dc into ring, sl st to beg dc … 16dc. Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.
Embroider Nose detail using a length of C4 centrally to Head. Add Eye detail using a length of C1. Sew Eyes either side of Nose approx 8 sts apart. Sew Ears to sides of Head between rounds 7 and 10. Flatten end of Arms and whip stitch end closed. Sew Arms to sides of Body at round 16. Flatten end of Legs and whip stitch end closed. Sew Legs to bottom of Body, slightly forward, at round 27. Using a small length of C2, fold over top end of Hat and stitch in place. Sew Christmas Hat to top of Head. Add stuffing before sewing closed. Sew Hanging Ring to top of Hat. Position Gumleaf Scarf around Neck and gently pull leaf end through ring. Sew in all ends.
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YOU WILL NEED • • • • • •
T-shirt/baby jumpsuit Fabric [craft prints] – Christmas motif – 20cm Sullivans – iron-on applique adhesive sheet Matching thread – Gutermann 396, DMC 912 Scissors Template
Step 1: Cut out templates. Step 2: Trace shapes onto paper side of iron-on applique adhesive sheet. Step 3: Cut [approximately] out the shapes [for positioning] and iron onto wrong side of fabric. Step 4: Cut out tree shape [with the adhesive sheet still on] Step 5: Remove paper. Step 6: Following instructions iron on shape onto T-shirt or baby suit with a damp cloth. Machine sew with Gutermann thread zig zag stitch around shape. Step 7: Repeat with smaller tree [make 2]. Step 8: Position tree on the middle of the sleeve and iron [as per step 6]. Step 9: With DMC thread hand sew using blanket stitch around edge of tree. Step 10: Repeat with other tree on other sleeve. Turn inside out and trim excess threads from machine sewn tree applique.
Whip up some great Christmas outfits for the festive season using Burda patterns 9416 & 9419
Great pre-printed Christmas panel projects available for fast and easy Christmas sewing fun.
GET IN TOUCH WITH US! We'd love to see your creations from our How to Make magazine!
We have a brilliant range of paper mache shapes that can be painted & decorated to make your days more festive. The houses are hollow and look fantastic with led Christmas lights tucked inside. Arrange a few on a mantle and make your own Christmas scape. Reindeer are available in a range of sizes and look terrific grouped. Ours were painted, with knitted scarves adding an extra festive touch.
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