Christmas Crafts Scandinavian Style
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Cut the bottom from a light-colored fabric. Cut a piece of fabric 6 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches for the body, a piece of light-colored fabric 3 1/4 by 12 1/2 inches for the head, and a piece of light- colored fabric 4 by 12 1/2 inches for the bottom part of the body. Sew the pieces together as shown in figure A.
Iron the seams. Fold the piece in half, right side to right side. Trace the pattern for the body onto the cloth so the borders between the fabrics are near the markings on the pattern; see figure B. Mark the opening. Sew around the body except the bottom. Cut out and cut notches in the seam allowance.
Place the feet inside the body where marked; see figure E. Attach them with basting stitches so the feet are placed correctly when you sew on the bottom. Put the legs through the opening while you sew on the bottom. Sew on the bottom, reverse the figure, and iron the body. Fill the bottom with plastic pellets or rice and the rest of the body with fiberfil. Close the opening.
Cut a piece of fabric for the mittens 3 by 93/4 inches and
a piece of the body fabric 7 by 93/4 inches and sew them together. Lay them flat and iron the seam allowance. Fold the combined piece in half, right side to right side. Trace the pat- tern for the hands so the border between the fabrics is at the markings on the pattern; see figure F. Sew around the hands and arms and cut them out. Reverse, iron, and stuff the arms. Fold the seam allowance on top of the arm inwards and sew the arms onto the body by hand.
Cut pieces of yarn 5 1/2 inches long. Place the yarn on the head and baste from the forehead and backwards. Make the yarn into pigtails. Use a black waterproof ink pen to make the eyes (make sure it’s not too thick). Use a brush and a pink stamp pad to make the rosy cheeks.
Place the fabric, folded in half with the right side inwards, on a layer of batting. Trace the pattern, mark the opening, and sew around the edge. Cut out the wings, and cut notches in the seam allowance. Reverse and iron the wings. Close the opening and sew the wings to the figure.
Sand, stain, and drill holes in a piece of plywood measuring 1 1/2 by 5 inches. Stamp on the desired text. Thread a small
rope through the holes and make knots on the front side of the sign. (You can also buy a ready-made sign if you wish.)
Sew the tree as described on page 63. Make the scarf from felt: cut a piece of felt 1 by 20 inches and cut fringes at the ends. Felt does not fray, so you don’t need to hem it. Cut
a strip of imitation fur 1 inch wide to go around the body and two strips 3/4 inch wide to go around the legs. Glue or baste the widest strip over the seam between fabrics on the body. The other strips should be placed over the seam between the fabrics on the leg. Sew a few crosses on the shoes for laces and make a bow; see figure G. Glue the hands, the sign’s rope, and the tree to the stomach.