Christmas in January!

I’m not sure if I’m very early or late with this quick make…

We have a Christmas card swap at my stitching group, everyone makes a handmade card and swaps it for another one. I received this cute cross-stitch mouse…

I wanted to make something out of it, seen as someone has taken a lot of time to stitch it. Last week I decided to make it into a little hanging decoration, already for next year (before it also gets lost in my sewing room!)

I soaked the paper off the back, there wasn’t a huge amount of fabric round it but I decided I could stitch a border about two squares deep all round the design. I had a rummage in my stash, a lot of the Christmas fabrics were too bright or the wrong shade of red but I found this print. I was a bit concerned it might be too busy but what sold it for me was that the colours included purple which tied in nicely with the mouse’s scarf.

I added the Merry Christmas fabric and gold ric-rac, backing it with the same Christmas fabric. I stiffened it with a piece of what I think is called bosal, it’s like really thick interfacing, like 1-2mm thick. It was a scrap I found in my interfacing drawer which just happened to be the right size. I used ric-rac for the hanger and added two buttons to cover the ends.

Master Mouse is all ready for next Christmas!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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7 Responses to Christmas in January!

  1. Ellen Turner says:

    Just so sweet & nicely done with your frame too.
    Good that you didn’t put in your stash & find it next Christmas!

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  2. Sandi says:

    It is adorable!! Hugs,

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lovely. I too am busy finishing off Christmas bits that needed doing for next Christmas rather than put them away hoping I’d get them done later in the year?,

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  4. Laura says:

    What a great way to preserve a gift! I think the border fabric is a good choice, Margaret! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. kathyreeves says:

    Great use of scraps, Margaret!

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