I like working with felt, it is so forgiving and it is brilliant at making winter outfits for elves. Now as you all know, no self respecting helper of Santa Claus would dream of turning up for work without his mittens, socks and matching scarf... so in case of any elf being caught short you will now have a spare wardrobe hanging over your fireplace.
You will need:
Felt - I used 8 squares of 9" x 9"
Embroidery thread or fabric paint
Scissors and Pinking Shears
Aqueous Marker Pen
Ribbon and/or hairy twine
Access to baby clothes...
First you need to create a template for your mitten and sock... this is where your access to baby clothes is really helpful as you can trace around a baby's sock and mitten. Well OK, I suppose that you could also Google for a template but it really won't be quite as much fun!
Now the great thing with felt is that it has not warp or weft which means that you can place your template wheresoever you wish as there is no right way for the fabric to sit, however you cut it will always be right.
You will need to cut out 14 of each shape - I decided on green mittens and red socks.
Mark the letters out on each mitten or sock.* I used a simple chain stitch in white embroidery silk and for the snowflakes, a star stitch. You could use a stencil and fabric paints if you do not feel confident in your hand sewing skills and you can further decorate the socks and mittens with buttons, sequins and you might even want to consider using your glue gun and the table decoration snowflakes.
Pin the mittens and socks together and sew them together with a .5cm seam leaving the tops open. Using your pinking shears, trim around the socks and mittens and across the top to give your garland a decorative edge.
Now you need to decide if you are going to hang your garland from ribbon - I chose a cheery tartan ribbon - or if you want a more rustic look, use hairy or garden twine. Cut a piece of ribbon or twine that is long enough to loop over the ribbon or twine, now sew the across the top of the sock or mitten.
To make a really simple set of scarves, I used leftover scraps of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, a pair of size 3.75 needles. Casting on eight stitches, I worked a simple rib pattern, knit 1, purl 1 to the end of each row, to get the stripes, I worked four rows then changed colour and worked a further four rows and then back to the first colour. Continue to work until your mini-scarf measures 12" and then cast off the eight stitches.
Using short pieces of wool approximately 3" in length, put your crochet hook into the cast off stitches, loop the yarn around the hook and pull it through, leaving two tails behind, pull the the tails through your loop and now you have your fringe. When all the cast off stitches have been fringed, trim the fringe so that the fringing is of equal length.
Finally slip the mittens and gloves onto the ribbon or twine, remember to put it in the right order by starting from the back and work through to the front, I mean only an idiot would get that wrong (Ros looks embarrassed). You can now tie the scarves on at the beginning middle and end of your garland and find somewhere to hang it up for Christmas.
Now if this has whetted you appetite for all things crafty, get yourself over to the lovely Wendy's Handmade Monday which is now in its 40th week - wherever does the time go?
And finally if you would like me to make anything that you have seen on the blog, like the rag wreaths, scarves or garlands, please do not hesitate to drop me an e-mail.