Christmas brooches

With these brooches, you can add a little Christmas cheer to any outfit.

THINGS YOU NEED

Felt (browns, red, white, skin colour), scissors, craft glue, pencil, A4 piece of card, pompom, buttons or beads for eyes, brooch fitting

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Download the template right here.
  2. Cut the pieces out of felt and glue them together.
  3. Add some details. I sewed some beads on for eyes but you could glue buttons or googly eyes. I also glued a pom pom onto Santa’s hat.
  4. Place your felt creation down on some cardboard and trace around it. Cut out the shape, inside the line, then glue it onto the back of the felt shapes to stiffen them.
  5. Glue a brooch fitting on the cardboard backing and they are ready to wear.

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Reindeer bags

Today I am sharing a DIY for the perfect Christmas accessory, a Reindeer Bag.  It’s just the thing for carrying their stuff to Christmas parties or as a gift bag for special presents.  It’s super cute, easy to make and the handles are the antlers (I was so happy with myself when I figured that out!)  It’s also a great project for kids to practice basic sewing skills.

THINGS YOU NEED

30cm of brown felt sold by the metre (it needs to be at least 80cm wide, if not you will need 80cm), scrap of lighter brown felt (for the ears), download our pattern, sticky tape, scissors, pins, big sewing needle, brown embroidery thread, two black buttons, pompoms, craft glue

HOW TO MAKE

  1.  Download our pattern, print it out and tape the two pages together.
  2.  Fold the felt in half. Pin your pattern on top, with the dotted line at the top of the antlers on the fold.
  3. Cut out the reindeer shape. DO NOT cut the top of the antlers!  Older kids can do this themselves, but younger ones will need an adult because cutting through two layers of felt needs sharp scissors.  The antlers are a little tricky for kids to cut — it’s easier to use a small pair of scissors and you can always trim them after you remove the pattern if you aren’t happy with the shape.

4.  Remove your paper pattern. Make sure the edges line up and pin the two layers together.

5.  Thread your needle with brown embroidery thread and sew the two layers together — a simple straight stitch from ear to ear, about 1cm in from the edge.  If you want to be tricky, you can hide the knot inside the bag by starting with your needle through just the top layer.

6.  Now it’s time to decorate your bag. Glue some felt onto the ears.  Glue or sew on two buttons for the eyes.  Add a pompom for the nose and if you’d like, one on the back for the tail.

If you make one, I’d love to see the Christmas cuteness!  You can post it on our Facebook Page or share your pic on Instagram with the hashtag #lottamagazine.

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Printable christmas lollipops

Here’s a quick Christmas printable for you — Santa and Rudolph lollipop covers. They are a great option to hand out to the kid’s class  or you can use them as cute (and delicious) place cards at your Christmas table.

Download our template here.  Print them onto A4 card and cut them out, including the hole in the centre. We have two versions — one ready to print and one you can colour in. Cover your lollipop with red crepe paper, securing it around the stick with some sticky tape. Write a message to your friends on the back of the card and put the covered lollipop through the hole.

You can also embellish them. I added a real pompom to Santa’s hat. You could add some cotton wool to his hat and beard. I also added glitter to Rudolph’s antlers to give him a little extra sparkle.