We know you are all busy at this time of year but Chris has been searching her archive of Young Quilter patterns for things that are quick and easy to make and can be adapted for children of various ages – which may (or may not, of course) keep them occupied for a few precious minutes.
Way outside Chris’s comfort zone of machine patchwork these involve hand stitching and are based on that perennial old favourite – the Suffolk Puff. Remember you don’t have to use your fabric scraps for these if working with young children – felt works well too and doesn’t require turning under a seam.
Grab some scraps and get started. First up is a Suffolk Puff wreath – you can stuff them with wadding or leave them flat. Draw round anything circular from a cup to a dinner plate to make the initial template. The photos are of ‘works-in-progress’ as the finished articles have long since vanished along with the their photos.
Or you can make trees
You can, of course, make different sizes of SP and pile them one on top of the other from largest to smallest to make a 3D tree – photos of this idea have also long since disappeared along with the tree!
Lots of these Suffolk Puffs can be joined in a long string to make a garland – add in different sizes for variety, or stitch (staple?) them to a ribbon with perhaps beads threaded in between . . . ?
The there is the felt Christmas Pudding (looking a bit blurry, but you get the idea)
And Christmas Bells (although these are circles not ‘Puffs’)
You can find patterns for these and more free to download on our sister site – Meadowside Designs.
And if you have scrap wadding why not turn the larger pieces into snowmen – decorate them (with felt, fabric or pen) and stitch several together to make a ‘garland’, or just hang from the tree. You can download a snowman template here or you can download more YQ ideas here – the snowman is included in this project booklet (and apologies, I have just realised that a couple of pages have been repeated).
Let your imagination (or that of the children) run riot – keep calm and carry on stitching!