It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
I know – it seems crazy! But I was looking at my calendar the other day and counting backwards from Thanksgiving and realized NOW is the the time to launch this club. That’ll give you plenty of time to sign up and get your materials so you’re all ready to start stitching when the first pattern goes out on September 4.
So here are all the details. . .
Let’s start a Christmas Club! We’ll make a dozen felt ornaments in the twelve weeks leading up to Thanksgiving – a weekend when a lot of families put up their tree.
It’s a totally fun, manageable holiday project that doesn’t involve any actual work during the busy holiday season!
Here’s how it will work. . .
1. Sign up for the club.
2. Gather your materials. (You’ll get a PDF with a detailed list when your purchase is complete, plus there’s a materials kit available here.)
3. Wait, impatiently, fingers twitching and eager to get started.
4. Receive an emailed pattern for a new felt ornament every Thursday for 12 weeks, beginning on September 4 and ending on November 20 – the week before Thanksgiving.
5. Make your ornaments. Share photos and feel pretty awesome about making a bunch of handmade holiday decorations before the season officially starts.
6. Hang your finished ornaments on your tree, gift them to friends, use them to decorate packages, etc. Once you have the patterns in your hands you can make tons of them for everyone you know. Spread the felty joy!
Doesn’t that sound like fun?
What You Get
- twelve full-sized PDF patterns (no enlarging needed)
- a complete color and stitch guide
- links to video tutorials teaching you everything you need to know
What You Need
- wool felt (I’ll be using 10 colors, available as a discounted materials kit here)
- matching embroidery thread (also available as a materials kit here)
- tiny amount of polyester fiberfill (you could use a few cotton balls instead)
- roughly 4 yards of cord for hanging loops (I’ll be using butcher’s twine)
You Might Also Want. . .
- a way to transfer the patterns to the felt – I’m a huge fan of The Magical Embroidery Stuff for that, but these transfer pens also work well. If you have a favorite method – use it. If you’re new to stitching on felt, take a look at this post for more info.
- freezer paper – I like this printable stuff because I’m lazy and hate to trace. If you’re not lazy you can get a huge roll of freezer paper for a few dollars in the wraps and foils section of the grocery store.
- size 8 embroidery needle
- Thread Heaven (thread conditioner that eliminates all stickiness if your Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy has been exposed to heat – awesome for those of us who tote our stitching around in a hot car)
These patterns will be great for beginners! I’ll only be using the most basic stitches and the patterns will have links to videos teaching you all of them. And all the ornaments will be “pancake style” – just a front and back with no tricky shaping.
What will the patterns be?
I can’t tell you – that would ruin the surprise! But I will tell you that they are a mix of winter/Christmas themes (not religious) and non-holiday/fun themes like toys and animals. Some are very kid-themed and some are good for grown-ups. They are not connected in any way to the Twelve Days of Christmas song. No turtledoves or leaping lords.
Can I join after the patterns start sending?
Yes! If you sign up after September 4, the first thing you get will be an email with links to all the patterns that have been sent so far. Here are the patterns so far. . .
I’ll be using MailChimp to deliver the patterns every week. If you’re not already signed up for the mailing list, I’ll sign you up when you purchase the collection so that you’re in the system. That means you’ll get the weekly newsletter in addition to the pattern every week. You can, of course, unsubscribe at any time – but please wait until after you get all 12 ornament patterns.
I hope you’ll all join me for some fun holiday stitching!