Saturday, December 12, 2015

Felt Santa (Stuffed with Goodies)





As part of Handmade Christmas Blog Hop 2016, 

here is my contribution for August.  These cute little Santas make fun teacher gifts, Secret Santa gifts, or neighbor gifts.


Stuffed with Goodies Santa

I have made this craft for years and make at least one every year for a gift—really nice for a teacher gift, a holiday neighbor gift, or even a “Secret Santa.  This little guy sews up quickly and is easy to make.  Ready?  Here we go!

You will need:
Red felt
Dark Green felt
Black felt
Light pink felt
White felt
½ inch white pom pom
Small black plastic “eyes”
Wrapped candies, such as Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bells or Kisses

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Using pattern and sizes noted, cut out--
2 pieces red for Santa’s body
1 piece red for Santa’s “bottom”
2 black boots
1 pink face
1 white beard
2 green mittens



Sew Santa body together with mittens in place-make sure to leave bottom open.  I use a straight stitch of 1/8” to sew this Santa.



You can now sew on Santa’s beard.  Just line it up so it matches up on the sides and make sure as you sew that you only sew no more than half of the beard—you need to be able to raise the beard to get to the candies inside!




Now you need to sew the one piece of bottom on to the open end of Santa.  You also sew the boots on at the same time.  Pin the boots onto the inside front piece of the bottom.  Sew along one edge, double-stitch to end, and then sew the other side on as well.  Make sure that you trim all threads as you go.

  




Okay, Santa is almost finished!  However, we do need a “secret” opening so you can fill Santa with wrapped candies and the recipient can get to those goodies!



I lift up the beard, make a small cut in the center of the red felt and then cut a “V” into the fabric. It doesn’t have to be very big—just big enough to get the candies through and out again.  The beard will hide the cut.

Santa now needs a face—it would be creepy if he didn’t have one.
Thankfully, you already cut one out for him!  I used Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue to adhere his face to his beard.  Any glue would probably work but I often use this glue when making a craft (or my trusty hot glue gun).



Next, let’s give him eyes and a nose.  I cut out a small red felt oval for his nose and used small, black plastic eyes (found in the craft section of most stores) for his eyes.  In the past, I have also used blue or green puffy acrylic paint for his eyes—if I were out of the black plastic eyes or wanted to give Santa a more personalized look.  Just put a small dot of paint in the area where his eyes would go.


Now he looks like Santa!

Fill with wrapped candies and set him on a shelf, cabinet, on a Christmas tree branch or give as a present.  He is pretty darn cute, isn’t he?


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Thursday, December 10, 2015

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Our Family Christmas Traditions #4

We have several Christmas Traditions in our family.  One of them is to watch several holiday movies or television shows.  It just isn't Christmas without them!

1.  The Little Drummer Boy (1968).  This is a favorite from my childhood and we still love to watch the story of Aaron and his simple gift to the Christ Child.



2.  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964).  This may be my very favorite Christmas special.  I still tear up when it is over--Rudolph is over till next year!  Yes, we do own the DVD but for some reason I have to watch it on CBS.  I have several figurines that adorn my hutch at Christmas.




3.  Elf (2003).  We love this movie!  We didn't see this movie at the theater when it was originally released (why?) but we surely love to watch it every year. Buddy is a human raised by Papa Elf who finds out he isn't an elf.  Hilarity ensues ( I have always wanted to say that).  Just the other day, Ali and I said, "Bye, Buddy.  Hope you find your dad".  If you've seen the movie, you know what I am talking about.  




4.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  This refers to both the animated television show (1966) and the Jim Carrey movie (2000).  Both hold a place in our family traditions.  Animated Grinch with Boris Karloff narrating?  Sure!  The Grinch (Jim Carrey) wearing a kilt?  Of course!



5.  Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).  I remember when our family went to see the original movie at the theater.  I laughed so hard that I cried--really.  The Wet Bandits were as sturdy as the Coyote in a Road Runner cartoon!  Never leave an 8 year old home alone.  The second movie was just as much fun and both have poignant moments...sniff.



6.  The Christmas Box (1995).  I happened across this television movie when it aired originally and LOVED it!  This story of a proper, wealthy widow who hires a young family to assist her with daily chores still brings me to tears when they discover the reason for her weekly errand.  The book of the same name by Richard Paul Evans is a great holiday read.



7.  The Christmas Shoes (2002).  We seem to be drawn to movies that are tear-jerkers.  The book of the same name inspired a song and this made for TV movie.  A young boy, a terminally ill mother, and Rob Lowe--need I say more?




8.  The Snowman (1982).  While this isn't specifically a Christmas movie, it does involve a snowman.  The Snowman comes to life and takes his boy on a night of adventures, filled with dance, flying snowmen (snowmen fly?), and many other snowmen and snowgirls.  Not recommended for those who have a phobia of snowmen.  Original book written by Raymond Briggs; my youngest son loved this movie when he was small.  I just found out today there is a website!


These are just my opinions, even though I am not a professional movie critic.  Our Family loves Christmas traditions and this is another of our traditions.  Please check out a few more:  The Other WisemanFamily Gag Gifts, and Christmas Pajamas.

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