Festive Fabric Seasonal Trimmings
Making your own festive fabric decorations for Christmas can be tremendous fun, and will save you lots of money on expensive shop-bought baubles.
The designs featured here are all made from fabrics in striking red and white, with an occasional splash of green and blue. The beauty of festive fabric decorations is that they provide all the color and impact of their sparkling paper and glass counterparts, without being garish. Furthermore, as they are washable and durable, you can use them year after year, and needn’t worry about them becoming chipped, smashed or torn in storage.
As well as using traditional festive fabric baubles to adorn the tree, you can use fabrics to give your home a festive feel in other, more imaginative ways.
The lined bread basket shown here makes a charming addition to any Christmas table, with its white doves symbolizing peace, friendship and the spirit of the season.
Also featured here are two variations on stand-up patchwork Christmas trees, which you can display on a shelf, table or dresser. One is a triangular design made up from strips of fabric, while the other consists of patchwork spheres, piled on top of one another and topped with a dove. Both can be ‘planted’ in small, moss-filled wicker baskets to add a witty touch of realism.
Use lightweight cotton fabrics to make the decorations, and pad them out with a washable filling. Plain and patterned festive fabrics in traditional Christmas shades will look most effective. Mini-prints, dot and stripes are all ideal, especially when teamed with special Christmas fabrics, printed with sprigs of holly, fir trees, snowflakes and other festive motifs.
Reference: The Country Look—Decor & Crafts