Christmas can be an expensive time of year which is why I am sharing how to make Christmas decorations on a budget.
I absolutely love Christmas, it’s my favourite time of the year. I love putting up a real Christmas tree and decorating the house with lots of festive decorations.
Traditional Christmas decorations are so beautiful but I find they are often too expensive for my budget. That’s why I have created a free pattern template so you can sew your own Christmas decorations this year.
HOW CAN YOU GET THE DECORATION PATTERNS?
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These decorations are perfect to make with all those little fabric scraps you have stashed away. It’s so much fun to mix and match prints and colours together. I gathered some maroon and red check fabrics that I knew would work well alongside more traditional Christmas prints.
If you find your fabrics aren’t on theme with Christmas here’s a fun TIP! Visit your local thrift shop and look for men’s business shirts that are red, blue or green colours. Many of these will be tartans, stripes or even check prints that work so well for seasonal sewing.
Thrift shopping keeps the budget down and is so much fun. If you have kiddies take them along to help pick out fun prints!
This is also a really great time to pull out your sewing machine and encourage your kids or grandchildren to get involved.
HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS ON A BUDGET VIDEO TUTORIAL:
HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS DECORATION ON A BUDGET PROJECT TIPS:
- If you don’t have fabrics that appropriate for Christmas visit your local thrift shop.
- Gather up any spare buttons and ribbons you have laying around your home from old clothing or gift wrapping.
- Use small fabric cuttings & scraps to stuff the decorations with.
- Use different prints to create fun contrasts.
MATERIALS AND TOOLS:
- Christmas fabrics and fabric scraps
- Sewing machine
- Fabric Shears
- Hand sewing needles
- Matching thread
- Buttons, lace and ribbons
- Old fabric scraps (to use as stuffing)
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HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS ON A BUDGET:
Start to cut out your shapes for the decorations using your rotary cutter or shears.
This is a really fun step you can play around with the fabric prints and what type of style you’re going for. Then you can start to add pretty laces, ribbons and buttons.
HOW TO CREATE CONTRASTING FABRIC DETAIL?
I decided to create a heart with contrasting prints on one side. To do this I cut out half of my heart from the maroon check and the other half in a pretty floral.
All you need to do is fold the heart pattern piece where you would like the contrasting fabrics to meet. Retrace the pattern so you have two pattern pieces, i.e the top of the heart & the bottom of the heart. Add a 5mm seam allowance to each piece where divided.
Cut out the fabric pieces and sew them together to make a full heart then continue sewing the heart decoration together.
BEFORE YOU START SEWING:
Before you start sewing your decorations together just play around a little bit with the ribbons, lace and buttons that you might want to add, as it’s probably easier to sew some these things on first.
I added a pocket to the front of my stocking before I joined it together.
To hang your decorations choose a ribbon or lace and plan how you would like each piece to hang so you can sew this into the seam.
HOW TO SEW DECORATIONS TOGETHER:
Sew around all of the shapes with a 5mm seam allowance (this is included in the patterns). Make sure to leave the small opening that is marked on the pattern so that you can turn through all of the shapes to the right sides.
Grab any tiny scraps of fabric that you have, even the bits you would usually throw into the trash and stuff your decorations.
It’s a really great way to use up fabric instead of being wasteful and it helps keep expenses down as you won’t need to buy stuffing.
I like to hand stitch closed the openings on my decorations but you could do this by edge stitching on the sewing machine.
I added a few decorative hand stitches to my decorations using embroidery thread. This really adds to the homemade touch.
Christmas decorations are such a thoughtful gift to give to family and friends over the holidays. If you have extras consider gifting these. Loved ones will feel so special hanging up a hand made item from you every year on there Christmas trees.
I love how my tradition decorations came out this year. What colour theme will you be going for this year?
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