OMG It’s Christmas!

OMG It’s Christmas!

Christmas seems to have crept up on me this year.

So many planned projects will remain just images on my Christmas Pinterest board.

I have, however, made these lovely Christmas baubles!Christmas fabric baubles tutorial

Made up from this gorgeous cotton lawn sent to me by the lovely people of Minerva crafts, along with some medium weight fusible fleece.

Christmas fabric baubles tutorial

1/2m each of two contrasting fabrics will make 4 baubles.
Here’s how I did it.Christmas fabric baubles tutorial
Drawing around a cardboard disc measuring 5cm in diameter, I cut out 20 circles of fusible fleece.
I then adhered them to the wrong side of one of the pieces of fabric, using a clean tea towel over the top to press through. Fleece and hot irons do not mix!
Christmas fabric baubles tutorial
Next, with right sides of both fabric pieces faced together, I sewed around each fleece disc. Sew all the way round and then continue onto the next one without lifting the needle.
I found it useful to sew all the around the edge and across the centre of the fabric panels first (sewing between the discs!) as this stabilised the fabric and made it quicker to steer the fabric around to sew around the discs faster without ‘needle down, lift foot, move fabric, drop foot’, too many times. You get quite good at it by the time you have done your twentieth!


Here I have cut out each disc using my shearing scissors.
But how do you turn them the right side out?


You cut a small slit in the middle and push them through. You’ll not see the slit as it’ll be on the inside of the bauble. Then iron them flat. You can see my first lot of discs were not quite circular but this did not affect the end result.
Christmas fabric baubles tutorial
Next, draw an equilateral triangle onto your 5cm cardboard disc. I just fudged this until I got all the sides the same length and cut it out. I’m sure there is a mathematical way of marking this precisely. Then with a pen, transfer the triangle shape onto the front face of your disc. These marks will be hidden once you’ve sewn them together.
All that remains is an hour or so of hand sewing in front of the TV.
Yes, I forgot to take a photo of this stage but you just match up the triangle lines and use a small running stitch to sew the discs together. You need 5 discs to come together at each ‘flower’ centre. Just look at the finished bauble.Christmas fabric baubles tutorial
You will use all 20 discs. Before you sew your bauble closed, stuff firmly and knot and insert a ribbon for hanging. Then using your iron and a little steam (cover up the hand you are holding the bauble with, with a towel to protect yourself from the iron) press open the ‘petals’ to expose the contrasting fabric.
Voila!Christmas fabric baubles tutorial

I’ve still materials left for another two in the alternative colourway.

They are a little large for my tree but look gorgeous hanging from a door knob.

My daughter asked, ‘how on earth did you makes these?’
Easy when you know how!

Love, Lucie xx

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. Icosohedrons with flappy bits, very pretty, Bit too much sewing for me but that’s what’s nice about seeing other peoples blogs. All the things you might make if you had time, ability……….

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  2. Wow, these are gorgeous. If only there were more hours in the day, I might have time to make some myself.

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  3. These look so impressive! I wouldn’t have had a clue where to start so I’m glad you explained that it’s all circles! I think a lot of patience went into these.
    I really need to crack on with some Christmas sewing… Like you my Pinterest board is full of ideas but Christmas is creeping up too fast this year! Thanks for giving me a little shove!!

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  4. I’ve had this project on my to do list for years now, after seeing how pretty yours are I think I need to make one. What size circle do you think you’d need to make one small enough for a tree?

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    • I think that if you have a big big tree, the type with big gaps between the branches, these would be fine. Otherwise I would go down to a 4.5cm or even a 4cm disc but it might be a bit fiddly. If I was going down a size I would use a medium to heavy weight interfacing instead of the fusible fleece or just a light weight fusible fleece.

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  5. Jo Three Stories High

    They are fab. I do a similar thing with paper to make folded flower things for the front of cards. Jo x

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  6. These look amazing, I like things hanging from door knobs too. The girls have colourful crochet stars that I made them years ago and they still have them daggling from their doors.

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