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Cut­ting out

Fol­low­ing the pho­to­copied tem­plates, cut out two hats from folded red felt and hat bands from folded white felt. Cut one face and one nose from skin-tone felt and four hands from folded skin-tone felt. From white felt, cut one front beard, one back beard, two eye­brows, four cuffs, two waist­bands and a mous­tache cut on the fold. Cut two body­suits from red felt and four boots from black felt.

To make up

1 On the face piece, stitch two French knots for the eyes with three strands of black em­broi­dery thread. Back­stitch a belt buckle onto one of the white waist­bands with two strands of black em­broi­dery thread.

2 Over­lap the hat pieces with the hat bands and glue in place. Over­lap the face piece with the front beard and front hat piece, glue to­gether and al­low to dry. Glue the front beard to the front body­suit. Re­peat for the back pieces, glu­ing the back beard to the back hat and back body­suit.

3 Glue the eye­brows, nose and mous­tache to the face and beard. Glue the cuffs and waist­bands to the front and back body suits.

4 Pair up the hands and boots and blan­ket stitch around the edge, leav­ing the tops open for stuff­ing. Fill with stuff­ing and stitch closed. Sew the hands and boots to the wrong side of the back piece with small tack­ing stitches.

5 Align the edges of the com­pleted front and back pieces, and blan­ket stitch all the way around. Stuff as you sew to make it eas­ier to fill the arms and legs.

6 Fin­ish by glu­ing or stitch­ing a mini pom-pom to the tip of Santa’s hat.

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