Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Make Your Own Christmas Decorations - Cath Kidston

Make Your Own Christmas Decorations - Cath Kidston
A few weeks ago I was sent a copy of Make Your Own Christmas Decorations by Cath Kidston. I was thrilled! I've been looking for an excuse to do a bit of the old Christmas crafting. About a week later, my friend Nicola asked if I fancied going to the Cath Kidston store in Manchester for a festive crafting evening. Do dogs pee up lamposts?! This was the perfect opportunity to try some of the projects included in the pack.

The book comes with all the materials you will need to make the decorations, except tracing paper, a needle and stuffing. It contains:
  • Six sheets of felt in different colours
  • Skeins of embroidery cotton in three different colours
  • A selection of little pom poms
  • Some waxed cotton cord for hanging

There are twelve little hanging decorations to make:
  • Christmas Pud
  • Angel
  • Stocking
  • Holly
  • Present
  • House
  • Reindeer
  • Robin
  • Christmas Tree
  • Father Christmas
  • Dog
  • Snowman

They range from the ridiculously easy to more challenging items, so there is something for all abilities. These type of decorations actually look good if your sewing isn't up to much, so don't worry about it being perfect. The book does talk you through running stitch, straight edging stitch, blanket stitch and French knots, but most things can be done without any fancy needlework at all. 

The book then gives to step by step guides to making each of the decorations, including a pattern. I decided to make a robin. Granted, I didn't finish my robin on the crafting evening, as I became unfortunately side tracked by shopping. A hundred pounds lighter, I decided to finish my robin at home... see below... 

From start to finish it probably took me about an hour and a half, and I haven't sewn much since second year technology at school! I'm just hoping I get the time to make a few more!
Make Your Own Christmas Decorations - Cath Kidston
This is a great little book because it won't frustrate the hell out of you if you are a little less than crafty, but the finished products are fantastic. I can't wait to put my little robin on my tree!

Publisher: Quadrille, 2012
Paperback, £15.00
Disclaimer: I reviewed this book because I fancied a spot of Christmas crafting, and I am a huge fan of anything by Cath Kidston. Proper fan boy...

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  1. A great in-depth review, I know what a thankless task this can be! Wish I had more time for crafting but it seems to have taken a back seat to the cookery blog these days. I remember making red felt hanging booties for the Christmas tree with my mum when I was a child:-)

    1. I spend most of my time baking, so I feel your pain! I've been saying I'll do something like this for the last couple of years. Bull. Horns.

  2. Oooooh I want this book! I try to make a new Christmas tree decoration each year, and they get a little better each time - I tell people that the ones from about five years ago were made by children...


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