Felt Santa Claus with Kunin Felt

A Cute Santa Claus made with Kunin Felt.

While at the Creativation Show last January in Phoenix,

I saw an adorable Gnome project at the Kunin Felt Booth made entirely from felt.

I fell in love with the project and knew immediately that I wanted to make it over into a

Santa Claus to make with the ladies during my annual Sue’s Holiday Workshop.

(I asked the Gnome’s designer Debra Quartermain and got her blessing.)

Here’s Debra’s Gnome Project and PDF Pattern on the Kunin Felt Blog.

I only changed the directions a little bit to make the Santa Claus.

Here’s what I used:

  • 9″ x 12″ Kunin Red Corduroy Felt
  • Kunin White Craft Felt
  • Two Small Pom Poms
  • Beacon Fabri-Tac Adhesive* or Felt Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or Marker for Tracing
  • Gnome Pattern
  • Tan Marker
  • Small Wood Snowflake painted white

Directions:

  1. Download and print the Gnome Pattern from the Kunin Blog.
  2. Trace pattern pieces onto red and white felt and cut out.
  3. I made my Santa Hat a little larger than the hat used on the Gnome pattern.
  4. Roll red hat into a cone and glue.
  5. Glue white pom pom onto the tip of the hat.  You may need to snip the tip before gluing.
  6. Roll Santa body into a cone and overlap ends and glue.
  7. Lay beard in place on body.
  8. Place hat over beard (refer to picture) and adjust if needed.
  9. Glue both pieces into place.
  10. Glue mustache pieces to beard.
  11. Lightly add a little color using the tan marker to a white pom pom.
  12. Glue pom pom to the center of the mustache.
  13. Cut long, thin strips of white felt.
  14. Glue strips of felt onto the top brim of the hat and onto the bottom of the Santa body.
  15. Glue wood snowflake onto the Santa hat.

A special thanks to Debra Quartermain and Kunin Felts for this adorable project.

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Christmas Photo Shoot

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On a unseasonably warm day in early November…

when my daughter was home visiting,

I made the family sit down for our first ever Christmas Card Photo Shoot.

I had all the props and seating planned out.  It was going to be fun.

With some being less than enthusiastic, this is what I had to deal with…

because of the warmth, my husband would not change into long pants,

my oldest forgot that we were going to be doing this, so he too had on shorts.

Once captured, my youngest grandson would not be in the picture without the

Target Toy Ad and my youngest son insisted on wearing his bandana.

Maybe next year, I’ll go back to making homemade cards. (sounds easier)

Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

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My “Christmas Card Photo Shoot” layout was created with papers and stickers

from Paper House Productions.

The Christmas Card Photo Shoot Layout was created for and sponsored by Paper House Productions.

Simple Stories Classic Christmas Cards

I’ll be teaching a new class at The Paper Forest in December.

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Simple Stories Classic Christmas Cards

You may want to grab your elf hat and shoes for this fast-paced Christmas Card Class.

In this class we will create 8 Christmas cards using the Simple Stories Classic Christmas Collection.

All you need to bring is your double stick tape roller, plenty of 3D foam mounting squares and scissors.

Please join me…

Thursday, December 1st
at The Paper Forest in Washington, IL
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost:  $25

Contact The Paper Forest at 309-745-3868 to sign up.
If there is enough interest we may add a daytime class.

Updated… A New Look for an Old Snowman

Updated Sock Snowman

Last year at my Holiday Workshop we made cute little snowmen out of socks.

They were a big hit.

But… one thing, I noticed when I pulled mine out again this year,

was that they looked a little misshapen.  More like a kidney bean than a snowman.

That was because I used rice for the entire body.  (the rice settled)

My updated snowmen still uses rice in the bottom, it now has fiberfill in the top

so that it doesn’t loose its shape.

I also decided my Snowman was cold, so I re-purposed an old sock for his sweater.

For more Making More Sock Snowmen Ideas you can find them here.

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Here’s how I made my Snowman:

  1. Tea dye a new white sock, crew length or bigger.  Or if you have boys you could use one of their dingy ones.  (It’s better not to use a sock with the grey toe and heel.)
  2. Cut the top of the sock off, right around the heel.  (save that for the hat.)
  3. Turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber-band tightly around the top of the sock.  Because rubber bands wear out with time, I added a good squirt of Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive* (*affiliate link) in and around the rubber band.  (I left the rubber band on)
  4. Turn the sock right side out and fill sock about 1/2 way with rice.
  5. Fill the remaining portion of the sock with Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Polyester Fiber*
  6. Use an additional rubber-band to close the sock.  Again, I re-enforced the rubber band with glue.
  7. Tie a piece of twine around sock to create the head.
  8. I used mini black square brads for his eyes, the tip of a bamboo skewer colored orange for his nose and a simple sewn black thread for his mouth.
  9. I used some paper craft sprays to add color to the toe of the sock.  I tied the tip with a piece of red and white twine and finished with a bow.  Roll the edge to create a cuff.  I glued my hat to the top of my snowman with Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive*(*affiliate link)
  10. Dress with Snowman with part of an old sock.  Add a couple of buttons for added detail.  A  fringed piece of fabric works great for the scarf.

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Celebrate Christmas with Graphic 45 (edited)

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(Celebrate Christmas with Graphic 45 was a card class that I gave in November of 2014.)

In this class, I showed how to make use of the varied patterns and bits & pieces to create layered pieces with charm and style.

The Vintage Christmas collection from Graphic 45 is based off the classic tale “Twas the Night Before Christmas.  This collection is packed with all the fun and traditional images of this festive season. Reds, greens, gold and cream – this collection will remind you of all the special moments in this special time.


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