Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew – September

Do you remember making paper snowflakes when you were younger? Maybe you still make them? I remember making them but haven’t actually done so for quite a number of years. As a result I must admit it took a little googling for me to figure out how to properly fold some paper so I could make some snowflakes.

Snowflakes | Mud, Pies and PinsNow I know you must be wondering why I am making snowflakes in September, especially if, like me, you are experiencing a wonderful Indian summer. Needless to say I do have a great reason to be playing around wtih some snowflakes. In a bid to ensure that we were well and truly organised for Christmas this year myself and Fiona over at Celtic Thistle Stitches, along with a series of guest hosts, have been hosting the monthly Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew link party since the start of this year.Christmas Link Party Button2The idea behind the link party is simple. Each month you link up what you have been making that month as part of your preparation for Christmas. Each month’s link party will be accompanied by a tutorial to inspire your gift or decor making, and there is a giveaway for those who link up their finished makes. This month’s link party is being hosted by Fiona herself and she is sharing a great tutorial on who to make a Christmas lampshade. You have from now until the end of the month to join in and link up your makes and if you do you could win a beautiful 20m roll of Christmas ribbon that has been sponsored by Kellie over at Plush Addict.

beri_13500_1I am sure that you must have guessed by now that my make this month has involved some snowflakes. Inspired by the paper snowflakes I got crafting with some fabric scraps. I started by picking out a few scraps which I trimmed to 3″ square and backed with fusible interfacing.

Making fabric snowflakes | Mud, Pies and PinsI then removed the paper backing from the interfacing and used each of the interfaced squares to cut a snowflake in the same way I would do so from paper. Now I must admit this wasn’t easy as not only were the squares quite small to start with but the fabric is also considerably thicker than paper, especially when the fusible interfacing has been added. But with a little patience I got the job done.

Making fabric snowflakes | Mud, Pies and PinsI fused these snowflakes to card or backing fabric and then used them to make a series of snowflake Christmas cards. They may be relatively simple but they are very much my style and while the snowflakes are far from perfect I love the individuality that each has and I know that the cards will be appreciated by those for who they are intended.

Fabric snowflake cards | Mud, Pies and PinsNow it’s your turn. What Christmas makes have you completed this month? I look forward to seeing what you have to add to the link party over at Celtic Thistle Stitches. If you’ve not had the chance to make anything yet this month then don’t worry as you still have plenty of time to get creative and you can find links to all of the past months’ tutorials on my Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew page if you are stuck for inspiration.

2 thoughts on “Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew – September

  1. I agree – it IS a great idea! I haven’t made paper snowflakes in 20 years – I used to do them with the daycare kids :D I’d have to look up the folding technique too, lol! Your fabric flakes make a perfect embellishment for the cards, and like real snowflakes – all are different – and pretty :)

    I’m not quite ready to post my Ho Ho Ho project – it’s shark themed, though – I finished one of the pieces last night and will work on the other one this week :) We’re visiting my family for Thanksgiving in 2 weeks, so I want to have all of their gifts done to take with me. I have my sewing list written on the dry erase board in my sewing room, to keep me on track! :D

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