How to make the hang­ing heart

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Use the tem­plates on page 100 to cut out two large hearts from red ging­ham fab­ric and one small heart from hes­sian.

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Lie the small heart onto a large heart and pin in place. Sew 1cm (¼in) from the edge us­ing a small zig-zag stitch; leave a small open­ing for turn­ing through. Snip the seam all the way around to ease the seam.

2

Turn the heart through, stuff with wad­ding and hand sew the gap closed. Sew a me­tre loop of the rib­bon to the top of the heart for hang­ing.

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How to make the gar­land Use the tem­plates on page 100 to cut six gin­ger­bread man shapes from hes­sian and eight small hearts from ging­ham.

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Pair the shapes, pin with right sides to­gether, then ma­chine stitch with a 1cm (¼in) seam al­lowance around each pair of shapes, leav­ing a gap for turn­ing through. Use a straight stitch for the gin­ger­bread men, then strengthen the seam by zig-zag­ging around the out­side edge to pre­vent fray­ing. Turn each shape through, stuff with wad­ding and sew up the gap by hand.

2

Em­broi­der cross stitch eyes, a back­stitch smile and chain stitch in a tight cir­cle for but­tons onto the gin­ger­bread men, us­ing the pho­to­graph as a guide.

3

To make the bow ties, cut 4 x 10cm (2 x 4in) strips of ging­ham, fold and wind thread around the cen­tre. Stitch one onto each gin­ger­bread man’s neck.

4

Line up the gin­ger­bread men and hearts in a row, al­ter­nat­ing each shape. Stitch to­gether to make a gar­land. Cut a 1.5 me­tre rib­bon in half and sew one piece to each end of the gar­land, to fin­ish.

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How to make the stock­ing Use the tem­plates on page 100 to cut two stock­ings and a small rec­tan­gle from hes­sian and two stock­ing tops from red

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Sew the rec­tan­gle of hes­sian onto one ging­ham stock­ing top us­ing a small zig-zag stitch. Pin the stock­ing tops right sides to­gether and sew up each side, leav­ing the top and bot­tom open. Hem the bot­tom edge, then slide onto the top of the hes­sian stock­ing, fold the two fab­rics to­gether and pin. Sew to­gether to make a neat hemmed edge, then press the seams flat.

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Use a chain stitch to stitch a name onto the hes­sian rec­tan­gle, to fin­ish.

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