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Christmas Bunting

06 November 2014 20:10

Last week, I shared a number of Christmas decorations you can make for yourself, or with your children - a fabric pompom, a little Christmas tree and a wreath.  My final suggestion for decorations to make (for now, at least!) is Christmas bunting or garlands.

You can make simple bunting as we did in the summer, but using Christmas fabric.  Or you can make bunting with 'things' hanging from it.  You could, for instance, make lots of the little trees we made last week.  Today, I'm going to make mittens, inspired by this picture from Nana Company:

(I found this picture on Pinterest; it's now on my Pinterest board Christmas.)

I made my mittens with plain white cotton, decorated at the top with scraps of fabric in various designs; Art on Fabric's Protection Detail Chic Chicks and Forget-me-not Pincushions, Weavingmajor's Photographic Snowflakes and Paysmage's Cat Damask Pink.


Mitten Garland

You will need

Scraps of plain fabric


scraps of patterned fabric

sewing notions

To make

1. Cut out two mittens from plain fabric and one mitten without the cuff at the top from wadding.  You may like to cut the top of the cuff with pinking shears or fancy scissors.
2. Put the two mittens right (patterned) sides together with the wadding in between.  Stitch all round close to the edge, except across the top.
3. Fold the cuff down.

4. Decorate with ribbons, bows, beads, buttons etc.  If you plan to decorate the main part of the mitton, it will be easier to do this before you stitch the two mitton pieces together.

5. Sew a loop at one side of the mitton to hang one on its own.  For a garland, either sew a loop or piece of ribbon as before and then sew these to a length of tape; or you can sew the mittons directly onto the tape.


To use the instructions above, you need fabric which looks good on the wrong side.  Otherwise, stick your border pattern onto the wrong side of your mitten and put the mittens together with the wrong sides together.  When you fold your cuff over, the right side of the decorative panel will show.

I cheated slightly and used printed fabric which 'went wrong'.    I therefore had a piece of fabric which was plain white with a patterned border.  I cut my mittens so that the border was at the top of the mittens, from the line up.  You can replicate this by sticking a piece of patterned fabric onto the plain cuff.   (Use glue or iron-on hemming web; or stitch it along the line with a narrow hem.)