12/8/10

Home For The Holidays: Emily Falconbridge's Handmade Holiday

Holiday Feature on Smile And Wave
Using wool to felt has been on my list of things to learn to do for a few years now. Today Emily has kindly stepped in to share how she's used one of her favorite mediums to create a handmade holiday.

hello, smile and wave readers!

em here - mama to three little sprouts and a thrifty crafter! i love to repurpose things and cosy up my home with handmade, colourful and inexpensive decorations. i also love to make things with my children - the chit-chat that swirls as we work together with our hands is precious, as are the feelings of pride and purpose they have when hanging their creations around the house.

wool felt is one of my favourite supplies to work with, either felted myself or salvaged from an old sweater (please tell me i'm not the only one who accidentally felts sweaters in the wash?!!). last year i made my children each a stocking from wool felt sheets (and a wool sweater), and strips of braided cut-up old t-shirts. simple and sweet.

i also used wool felt to make a happy banner for my kitchen. after sewing the letters to form the word 'peace' (good for the christmas season and then leave it up all year!) onto lotus shaped pieces of felt, i braided a long strip from jersey fabric and hand stitched the pieces onto it to form my banner. an older child could easily be involved in the cutting and stitching of a word banner, while a smaller person could help with the braiding.

My 7 year old came up with a gorgeous little idea for a baby or toddler gift - a plushie apple with a bell inside. we cut a square from a piece of soft, woolen sweater then did a gathering stitch around all four sides. with the stitches cinched tight, we stuffed lambswool and a bell inside and sewed up the opening. scraps of felt sheets made a simple stalk and leaf for the apple.

with pieces of old sweater, felt and fabric strewn in every direction of our craft room - who knows what we might make next!

wishing you a cosy and colourful season!
em xo


Emily has the best dreads. She was a great help to me with her own home birthing experience and is another regularly inspiring mom that I check in on on a regular basis. Click here to see more of how they've decorated their new space for the holidays. I bet it smells divine!

xoxo,
Rachel

4 comments:

Daniel said...
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pinksuedeshoe said...

I always look for pre-felted sweaters in the kids sections of thrift stores. They are usually a couple of bucks cheaper than the adults unfelted one's. Love your projects, they are great!

jasmine bailey-barfuss said...

gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous :) :)

FuNkY MoMmY said...

*E* Has been very inspirational to me on the past year. Thanks for having her as a guest blogger. Great ideas!!!