HOW TO MAKE… KAWAII DEC­O­RA­TIONS

Mollie Makes - - Festive Felties -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

Black em­broi­dery thread Soft toy stuff­ing Baker’s twine Black fine-tipped pen For the star cookie Felt in brown, pink, white and yel­low Em­broi­dery thread in blue, pink and yel­low For the mit­ten Felt in blue, brown, pink, turquoise and yel­low Em­broi­dery thread in blue, pink and white For the hot choco­late Felt in brown, dark brown, pink, light pink, white and yel­low Em­broi­dery thread in brown, pink, white and yel­low Team Mol­lie can’t re­sist the op­por­tu­nity to go su­per-kitsch with our craft­ing, es­pe­cially when it comes to Christmas. And, with their twin­kling smiles and can­dy­coloured hues, these squishy tree dec­o­ra­tions are so cute, they’ll even have Santa break­ing from his busy sched­ule to ad­mire them.

In­spired by the Ja­panese art of kawaii, these mini makes are lovely ideas for stock­ing fillers, too. Use felt in pas­tel shades to repli­cate our ver­sions, or opt for reds and greens for a more tra­di­tional feel.

Work three strands of thread to give the de­tails def­i­ni­tion, and use a knit­ting nee­dle, or sim­i­lar, to help push the stuff­ing into the cor­ners.

Mak­ing the star cookie

Us­ing the tem­plates on page 98, cut a large star from the yel­low and brown felt, a small star from the white felt, and two cheeks from the pink felt. Make a loop from a length of baker’s twine. Us­ing a pin, and the tem­plate as a guide, prick holes in the white felt for the eyes and mouth. Dot over the holes with the black pen.

Place the white star cen­trally onto the yel­low star and use white thread to back­stitch it in place. Use black thread to em­broi­der the face de­tail, then po­si­tion on the pink cheeks and use pink thread to back­stitch in place.

Us­ing blue and pink thread, em­broi­der sin­gle stitches onto the white star to cre­ate sprin­kles.

Back the yel­low star with the brown star and blan­ket stitch to­gether, adding the twine loop at the top, and leav­ing a gap for stuff­ing. Stuff, then blan­ket stitch the gap closed.

Mak­ing the mit­ten

Us­ing the tem­plates on page 98, cut a large mit­ten from the yel­low and brown felt, and a small mit­ten from the turquoise felt. Cut two cheeks from the pink

felt, and a cuff from the blue felt. Make a loop from a length of baker’s twine. Us­ing a pin, and the tem­plate as a guide, prick holes in the turquoise and blue felt for the face and cuff de­tail. Dot over the holes with black pen.

Place the turquoise mit­ten onto the yel­low mit­ten and use blue thread to back­stitch it in place.

Po­si­tion the blue cuff onto the mit­ten and use blue thread to back­stitch it in place. Use white thread to em­broi­der the cuff de­tail.

Use black thread to em­broi­der the face de­tail, then po­si­tion on the pink cheeks and use pink thread to back­stitch in place. Back with the brown large mit­ten and blan­ket stitch to­gether, adding the twine loop at the top and leav­ing a gap for stuff­ing. Stuff, then blan­ket stitch the gap closed.

Mak­ing the hot choco­late

Us­ing the tem­plates on page 98, cut a mug back­ing from the yel­low and the brown felt, a mug and a large han­dle from light pink felt, a small han­dle from yel­low felt, hot choco­late from brown felt, whipped cream from white felt and two cheeks from pink felt. Make a loop us­ing baker’s twine. Us­ing a pin, and the tem­plate as a guide, prick holes in the pink felt where the eyes, mouth and mug rim de­tail should go. Re­peat on the froth. Dot over the holes with black pen.

Place the large han­dle onto the yel­low mug back­ing as shown, and back­stitch on with pink thread.

Po­si­tion the pink mug onto the yel­low mug back­ing as shown, back­stitch on with pink thread, then re­peat with the hot choco­late and brown thread. Add the whipped cream on top, us­ing white thread to back­stitch it in place.

Use black thread to em­broi­der on the face de­tail, then po­si­tion on the pink cheeks, and use pink thread to back­stitch in place. Add on the yel­low han­dle de­tail us­ing yel­low thread and back­stitch.

Back the de­sign with the brown mug back­ing and blan­ket stitch to­gether, adding the twine loop at the top and leav­ing a gap for stuff­ing. Stuff, then blan­ket stitch the gap closed.

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