11 Ways to Use Christmas Fabric | Belle & Boo
Eleven Ways to Use Christmas Fabric
It’s fast approaching the most wonderful time of the year, which means one thing for us crafters … it’s time to get creating!
There’s no better feeling than getting busy at the sewing machine, making a gift for a loved one or working on a Christmas creation that you can love, cherish and proudly display year after year.
If you’re looking for your next seasonal sewing project, you might find some inspiration in this round-up of our favourite ways to use festive fabric. There’s something for everyone here, from the experienced sewer to the complete beginner. Let your imagination loose and have fun!
Homemade stockings are a classic Christmas project and it’s highly likely they’ll become treasured possessions for the little people in your life. They’re reasonably simple to make and are sure to give you an enormous sense of satisfaction when you hang them over the mantel ready for Father Christmas to do his thing. Why not make one for each family member using fabrics that complement one another?
Drawstring Gift Bags
Say goodbye to wrapping paper and hello to the ultimate in sustainable gifting: handcrafted drawstring bags! Not only are they super easy to make in batches, but they also give your presents an individual touch and can be passed on for many Christmases to come. (Plus, there’s the added bonus that they make your gift-wrapping marathon much less of a chore!)
No child’s Christmas is complete without the ritual of setting out their stocking and sack on Christmas eve. And having a personalised sack created just for them makes it all the more special.
Hand-crafted gift tags are a charming way of adding a final flourish to your offerings! Simply write your message onto the tags with a fabric marker, or if you’re nimble with a needle you could even stitch your lucky recipient’s initials in cross-stitch or embroidery!
Whether you’re using them to add festive cheer to your own home, or gifting them to friends and family, Christmas cushions never fail to raise a smile. They’ve become really popular in recent years and can be found in all the supermarkets, but there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of whipping up your own.
Christmas Bed Linen
Looking for a simple and clutter-free way to add some seasonal spirit to your little ones’ bedrooms? Whizz up some Christmas bed linen! There’s something truly magical about snuggling up in unique bedding that only comes out once a year (and it certainly makes the children super keen to go to bed – always a bonus!).
Dress your Christmas table to impress with a table runner that will get the compliments flowing like wine! If you’re pushed for time (and, let’s face it, who isn’t at this time of year?), keep the pattern super simple and let your fabulous fabric do the talking.
There are endless tutorials and patterns out there for fabric tree decorations that will add an individual touch to your Christmas tree, but if you’re feeling inspired why not freestyle and come up with your own? It’s a lovely activity to get the children involved with – they can have a go at making some themselves, or help you choose embellishments – and the feeling you get when you hang your one-of-a-kind decorations on your tree is most definitely one for the memory banks.
Bunting is a brilliant project for beginner crafters and it’s also a fantastic way to use up any leftover Christmas fabric. If you shy away from anything involving a needle and thread, check out the no-sew bunting instructions we shared in our recent Halloween blog. There isn’t a stitch in sight!
From Christmas bibs for your smallest guests to wonderful waistcoats and swishy skirts for older children, you can have oodles of fun creating seasonal ensembles for little people. And once they’re outgrown, your lovingly crafted garments can be handed down for a younger child to wear, love and pass on.
Beautiful dress made by Little Noel using our Polar Adventure fabric
If you’re a less confident sewer but still want to make a statement with your gift presentation, Furoshiki is the answer! A centuries-old Japanese technique, Furoshiki is a method of wrapping gifts in fabric, and all you need is some hemmed squares to achieve a distinctive and memorable look.
There are many beautiful ways to knot your fabric to vary the finish – just Google ‘Furoshiki’ and you’ll find lots of online tutorials (but be warned, if you’re anything like us you’ll find watching the videos strangely therapeutic and go down a Furoshiki rabbit hole!). Of course, it’s also an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wrapping paper, which earns it another big tick.
Belle & Boo Christmas Fabric
If you’re searching for a batch of fabric to see you through all your Christmas craft projects, look no further. Our enchanting collection includes a range of delightful Christmas fabrics, all featuring nostalgic and traditional illustrations you won’t find anywhere else.
Our fabrics are GOTS-certified organic cotton, which means they not only meet the highest standards of ethical production and sustainability but they’re a joy to work with AND they wash and wear brilliantly. It’s the stuff heirlooms are made of! They’re all available in fat quarters or by the metre, and we also offer a great-value Christmas Fabric Bundle for those of you who have a ‘to-make list’ that would rival a child’s Christmas wish list!
And please do share your projects with us once you’ve completed them. We love nothing more than seeing the magic you’ve made from our material! You can email your photos to us or tag us on Instagram – we’re @belleandboo and we’d love you to join us.