It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Hamilton! With wreaths and candles in every window, a living tree adorned with lights, ornaments and ribbons, and window displays in all the shops, our little town is overflowing with Christmas cheer!
On Saturday, we celebrated the season with a town-wide Christmas festival, featuring make and take fabric crafts in the Missouri Star Quilt Co. shops. Some of our talented team members showed off their creativity with mug rugs, fabric bracelets, felt poinsettias, fabric scrap ornaments and fabric holiday cards.
We enjoyed diving into our scrap stash and creating these festive projects so much that we wanted to share with all of our friends far and wide how to create a couple of them as well! Read on to learn how to create our Felt (or Fabric) Poinsettias and Fabric Bracelets.
Courtenay from our Sewing Center showed us how to create these fashionable fabric scrap bracelets that would be awesome to show off remnants of those most loved fabrics you have in your scrap bin.
Strips of fabric (½ inch. 30 inches long)
Hot glue gun or fabric glue (either will work)
Assorted beads and trims
1. Measure wrist with clothesline. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and be sure to allow a little room to slide the bracelet on and off of your wrist.
2. Tape the two ends of the clothesline together with painters tape to form a ring (make sure you use about a two-inch wide tape, such as painters tape or duct tape to ensure the ring holds).
3. Put a small bead of hot glue to one end of the fabric strip.
4. Start wrapping the bracelet.
5. Once you are finished wrapping the entire ring with fabric, add another bead of glue at the end of the fabric strip to secure it on the clothesline
6. Embellish as desired. Courtenay added a thin metallic cord or thin craft wire to her bracelet. Just add a dot of glue to one end and start wrapping it around like the fabric and voila, a fashionable fabric bracelet!
You may have noticed that we filmed a Facebook Live of Courtenay creating these darling accessories, and you can watch the video below or on our Quilting Deals Facebook page!
Felt or Fabric Poinsettias
Heidi, a member of our Product & Sales Team, and who you may recognize from our Facebook Live videos created lovely Felt Poinsettias in the Main Shop. She used felt and a Sizzix Fabi machine along with a circle die cutter to make these beauties, and was inspired by the DIY Candy tutorial that you can view here.
We recreated the poinsettia ornament using some leftover batiks from another project. You don’t need very much fabric to make this, and although we used Christmas-themed fabric, we would love to see these flowers made in other colors too!
Fabric or felt (2 colors preferably)
Jute, twine or string
A circle template (we used the bottom of a spool of thread)
Hot glue gun
Mini orange peel template
1. Cut out 18 circles from one of the fabrics. We used 16 circles to create the petals and 2 more in later steps. Depending on the size of your circle you may need more or fewer than the number we used.You can use a Sizzix like Heidi did, but we traced our circles and cut them out with a pair of fabric scissors.
2. Fold the right side of one circle over to the left side to create a cone shape. You will alternate folding one side to the other, so left to right and then right to left to create the petals. Be sure to keep the end of cone fairly tight, and add a small dot of hot glue to secure it.
3. Arrange the petals in a circle shape to make sure you have enough to make a flower.
4. Glue the petals together, and be sure to use as little of glue as possible.
5. Turn the petals over and glue a fabric circle to the back to add stability to the flower.
6. Using a mini orange peel template, cut out two leaves and glue them to the back of the flower.
7. Cut off a 6 to 8 inch piece of jute, string or ribbon, create a loop and glue it to the back of the flower. Using the last circle cut out, cover the glued ends of the string on the back of the poinsettia.
8. Turn the poinsettia over and glue buttons or a small circle of fabric to create the center of the flower, there you have it, a fabulous fabric poinsettia ready to adorn a Christmas tree!
All of us from Missouri Star Quilt Co. want to wish you happy holidays and a very Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy these fun, fast and festive fabric scrap projects!
Be sure to share your scrab-busting holiday crafts with us on social media using #msqcshowandtell!