Heart Felt DecorationsAfter tentatively tiptoeing into the world of homemade Christmas tree decorations with these glittering popcorn strands, I now cannot stop!

It all started mid-December, mistakenly thinking I was meeting a friend for our usual gallery visit, I was lead through the winding corridors to a back room at the V&A. Boxes of felt, ribbon and beads festooned the tables, while an eclectic mix of members of the public beavered away at a collection of tables, heads down in concentration.

A Christmas tree decorating workshop for adults! Although I am technically an adult, I did skip and shriek with delight and surprise, luckily the lovely ladies running the day were equally enthusiastic.

I made two stuffed felt decorations, one for Mr Crumpet and one for myself, here’s how:

You will need…

Card

Felt

Scissors

A pencil

Thread

Ribbon

Beads, buttons or sequins to decorate

Wadding

1. Make a stencil shape out of card and draw around it onto your felt twice, then cut the shapes out. I used a heart, but stars and Christmas trees look great too.

Christmas decoration materials

2. Decorate the two felt shapes, I kept things simple by stitching felt initials on one and a ribbon bow and pearl button on the other.

Felt letters

Stitched felt lettering

3. At the top of one of the felt shapes, loop a ribbon and pin it to the inside, this will be to hang your decoration.

Red heart felt decorations

4. Start to stitch your two felt shapes together, I used an overcast stitch, make sure your decorated sides are facing outwards, (at this point stitch through the ribbon at the top to secure and remove the pin) leave a gap 1.5 inches to stuff your shapes with wadding, then finish stitching up.

Stitching felt shapes

Stuffing crafts with wadding

Such a great way to while away the hours and get into relax mode, they also make great gifts and decorations to adorn pressies.

The V&A have great courses and workshops all year round, many for free, so keep an eye out here.

– Miss C x

Handmade Christmas baubles