Holly Decoration "How to - Go do"

I had no intention of making anything for myself today - as often happens, this decoration developed in my hands whilst doing something else... I have been making some Christmas Bunting for my kitchen using the Cath Kidston Holly fabric (below) and there were inevitable 'off cuts' that were too good to get thrown away.
So, the CraftyFish "How to - Go do" Holly decoration:
Firstly, i sketched a holly leaf on a piece of card.
Then i cut it out - and traced around that template onto a second piece of card. I carefully cut around the second template to make a smaller fit. This second template will become the fabric template and the first template is the bigger size, to be used for the felt.

I cut the bigger template on 2 pieces of green felt together. And then i did this again.
The smaller template i cut on ONE cath Kidstin fabric and ONE red spot. So you have the basics for the 2 holly leaves.
Applique the fabric to ONE side of the felt holly leaves, leaving the back of each leaf - blank (or double side them both if you want it double sided?)
Sew all round the edges, following the shape. Leave a gap at the top and STUFF them too!.... then sew them closed.

Then i sewed the two leaves together at the top with a gold ribbon sandwiched between the 2 leaves. Then i added the 3 FELT BALLS as holly berries, one at a time, sewing them securely into the top of the holly leaves.
To keep the 2 leaves from falling away from each other, i used green thread to travel down the back spine of a leaf - not all the way, just to that first spiky tip. This will keep them sitting nicely.

And it is ready to hang! This one is actually quite big. I am making a few of them to hang in-between the bunting to make a bigger 'swag' and look like fat sprigs of holly hanging.

I am pretty happy with how they look!

Please, feel free to use my "How to" and try your own. I need to clarify however (for those who are new to the online crafty stuff) This design belongs to "PaperFish", a Ltd. company. Nobody has my permission to use this pattern to make and sell commercially.

Good ain't it? xxxx


ScrapinFunatic said...

that is too cute, great work.

Denton, TX

nickynackynoo said...

Lovely, lovely Ms Fish. Great choice of colours/fabrics. I do like a bit of felt!

MsGourmet said...

Hi Kirsty I just wanted to let you know that the little Caribou's have arrived safely in Melbourne and are looking rather swish on our tree along with last years felt trees & birds that you so kindly made for us!

Have a fabulous Christmas!

cupcakesandbiscuits said...

I lurve it! Thanks for sharing!!

That Crafty Fish! said...

thanks MsGourmet xxx
thanks for the encouragement peeps x

Mrs B said...

genius x

Karin said...

Cute idea! Looking at those leaves brings me absolutely in the christmas mood.

Anonymous said...

Excellent help! Thank you for this great tutorial!!
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