So I was rushing out of the grocery store the other day, in a hurry as usual, when a Christmas card caught my eye. I didn't have time to stop, but I made a mental note of this adorable design idea--a tree made of little Santa hats!
I played around for a bit - best therapy out there, by the way - pieced or appliqued (applique won because it was faster to design and make), size (the design fits 8.5 x 11 for easy pattern printing) and colours - the white trim/pompom on the hats meant no white background so I ran to my default Essex linen in Natural by Robert Kaufman. It hasn't failed me yet.
I'm super happy with this Scandanavian-style Christmas mini. I imagine it's something one might find in Ikea. It was great to use up some of those shirt buttons I salvage by the dozen and end up ignoring in my button jar.
And gotta love that Anthropologie handle ribbon.
I cheated like heck on this one. Hardly any sewing. I fused the ribbon, glued the buttons and twine bows (which I'm sure came from Tilda bundles) and didn't do any top-stitching. I didn't even stitch down the hat trims. I was going to, but then ... nah, I didn't. It's going on the wall anyways so who cares? Not me!
It's hung it in the stairwell that leads to my sewing room where it's nice and bright and sunny. I'll try to get a free PDF pattern up this weekend. :)
Now I'm craving a shabby chic version of this ... think aqua and pink ... mmmm ...