I think one of the absolutely best things about being an Aunty is you can ENJOY it when your nephews and nieces are painful for your siblings!
My niece Hannah is totally adorable AND she has such a fiesty little personality! I totally LOVE everything about her. She reminds me so much of Kt when she was little … but this time I can enjoy the almost three-nager stubbornness as its my sisters problem not mine!
See they could almost be sisters!
Luckily Hannah seems to think I’m fun too! She’ll let me put her hair up, which she never does for my sister. (It’s the little things that make me feel like a hero!)
So when Stephanie from Swoodson Says suggested sewing up some of the One Thimble Issue 8 patterns for Christmas I knew exactly what I wanted to sew. I’m planning to make Hannah a fabulous collection of hair things!
* In the interests of full disclosure – One Thimble is my other project. If you choose to purchase One Thimble or the Coco Flower Crown it financially benefits me, BUT I’d be recommending this pattern anyway. I love it and I’m sure Hannah will too!
I have to admit I was a little nervous about sewing with felt. I’d only ever used the cheap stuff before, but decided to lash out and buy the bundle that Candice from Rose Petal Collections (who incidentally Lauren buys her wool felt from) has put together for the Coco Flower Crown.
There is seriously no comparison between wool felt and the other kind of felt. I’m totally sold on wool felt from here on in! It was a lot more sturdy and less fluffy than felt I’d used before.
I have some extremely sharp little scissors that made cutting out the pattern pieces a breeze and I found the pattern to be really easy to follow.
Craft sewing is quite different to clothing sewing because there’s more room for personal preference. By sewing your running stitches different lengths and different distances from the felt edges you can achieve different looks for your felt flowers. A few of the flowers I wasn’t happy with the stitch length I chose so it was a simple matter of cutting the thread and resewing. I think if I’d been using anything but wool felt it might have been a bit trickier to resew the felt.
Here are the flowers I made.
Kt wants to help me make them into the hairpieces (and to make matching ones for her, so she and Hannah can be “twins”) and since we’ve got a little time up our sleeves, that’s one of our school holiday crafty projects.
I’ll be sure to show you how it all turns out!
The wool felt kit I brought had lots of felt in it. I can make a heap more of these and I think they’d make lovely gifts for others too.
I love the extra inspiration Lauren includes in this pattern
It’s given me ideas for gifts for friends, my Grandmother, Mum & Mother-in-law.
So if you’re looking for some “WOW” gifts this Christmas then you definitely need to get your hands on the Coco Flower Crown Pattern or One Thimble Issue 8 *.
If your looking for more Christmas Sewing Inspiration be sure to check out the other things people sewed:
Monday, September 14th
Amy at Friends Stitched Together made a Little Collector Backpack
Jen at Ainslee Fox made a Coco Flower Crown
Tuesday, September 15th
Lauren at Molly and Mama made some hexie wall art
Wednesday, September 16th
Stephanie from Swoodson Says sewed a Jackalope Tee
Thursday, September 17th
Alicia from Felt With Love Designs sewed a Little Collector Backpack
Michelle at The Toffee Tree sewed up a fedora
Friday, September 18th
Rebecca at Hugs Are Fun used the Coco Flowers
Rachael from Sew Today Clean Tomorrow sewed a Desert Fox softie