I’m feeling a little bit proud. I just taught 27 Year 3 students how to do a running stitch so that they could DIY felt Christmas baubles for home.
DIY felt Christmas baubles
What you need
- Coloured felt – I precut the felt into shapes for the class, but your kids might enjoy cutting their own
- Thread in constrasting colours to your felt
- Stuffing – you can get this at fabric stores, or use cotton balls, scrunched up newspaper, fabric scraps… whatever takes your fancy
- Ribbon for hanging
- Buttons, beads and other sparkly and shiny bits for decorating
- Craft glue
What you need to do
1. Cut the felt into circles, stockings and any other Christmas shape you like.
2. Select two felt circles and hold them back to back (contrasting colours look cute, but matching is nice too). Show the kids how to thread the needle then demonstrate a simple running stitch.
3. Stitch until about two-thirds of the way round the circle then add some stuffing.
4. Fold a piece of ribbon in half and hold it in place while you finish sewing the felt all the way around.
5. Decorate the baubles using your sparkles and craft glue.
Look at how individual my students’ designs are! Check out that cute reindeer! And the little turtle!
See that little yellow bauble? The student painstakingly embroidered his initial onto the reverse side. When I returned from farewelling the students for the holidays, I found a gorgeous note on my desk gifting the bauble to me. Oh my heart!
Christmas gift idea
This would be a super cute DIY gift idea to parcel up and give to little friends for Christmas. I’m having a love affair with recycling yoghurt tubs at the moment. You could add all the sparkly things and items required in a little tub and wrap it all up to make a creative gift.