Can’t believe we’re on post 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas?! In this post I’ll be sharing some super cute and simple cross-stitch Christmas decorations you can make yourself, to decorate your own home, or even give as a gift!
Today I’m sharing one of the many handcrafted decorations that I’ve had for a little while now! I made these in I think 2011.
As I’ve already shared, I love so much about this time of year, getting cosy, watching cheesy christmas movies, and it’s also a really fun time to get creative, I have several handmade decorations I’ve made over the years, and I make more every year! (At some point this is going to get out of hand isn’t it?!)
These festive house ornaments were a free gift in Cross-Stitcher magazine several years ago, though I have made one more already.
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They are totally simple to make, and can be finished in just one evening. The added bonus is, they are a bit of a stash buster too!
What you need:
- Aida (to the size of the house-front) in a rectangular shape.
- Embroidery thread, in whatever colours you wish to use
- Felt (slightly larger than the aida piece
- Misc fabric for roof and door
- Buttons or other embellishment
- Stuffing (from an old pillow or even cotton wool
I of course used designs free with the magazine at the time, though of course check out Pinterest and even Google and you’ll find loads of free patterns. The hard part will be finding smaller pieces. Alternatively of course you could design your own!
How to make them:
- Centre your design on the aida, leaving enough room for the door.
- Cut a door shape, and triangular roof shape from your fabric.
- Sew on the door with simple backstitching or running stitch.
- Add decoration to your door. I used buttons though of course you could use bells or even novelty buttons in the shape of wreaths etc.
- Attach your roof with back or running stitch to the top of the aida . (you can sew the cut edges together for a cleaner finish). If you want to embellish the front of your roof as I have done, now is the time.
- Cut your felt a little larger than your whole house shape (to allow for stuffing).
- Using a blanket stitch (or just a running stitch inside-out) sew the felt to the aida/roof fabric. Leave the bottom unstitched for stuffing. At this point I added in a hanging loop of bakers twine at the top of my roof.
- Stuff your house with chosen stuffing, use a pencil or similar to reach the smaller areas.
- Close up the bottom with blanket stitch.
And you’re done!
These cross-stitch Christmas decorations are perfect for the tree, or of course anywhere! I hang mine on command hooks across some shelves!
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