With Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and many other major holidays fast approaching, many people are excited to start decorating their homes. Putting up decorations for Christmas and other holidays helps make your space feel fun and festive, especially when it’s cold and wet outside. While many people like to buy their Christmas or other holiday decorations at the store, did you know that you can actually make plenty of fun decor items using your embroidery skills? Not only does this save you money, but it also gives you an exciting and interesting project to work on during this time of year. Here are some fun holiday embroidery crafts to try out that you can customize to your needs.
Embroidery Hoop Ornaments
Not only are these great decor ideas, but they also make a great gift for family and friends. They also allow you to be really creative when coming up with your design, because you can really make whatever you want! To start, get some small embroidery hoops and threads in holiday colors, such as greens, reds, and yellows. Then, mark out a simple but cute Christmas design for your ornament. Themes like trees, ribbons, and snowflakes work well, and you can also add a personal message with text. Once you are done embroidering your design, take some thick, sturdy ribbon and create a loop with a bow to hang it on the Christmas tree.
Embroidered Christmas Stockings
Instead of buying pricey Christmas stockings from a store, you can easily make your own with some fabric and embellish them with embroidery. First, go to your local craft store and pick out a themed fabric that you like. It could be a pattern, or you could just opt for a single color. Cut out two pieces of identical stocking-shaped fabric for each one, and sew them together (there are many online tutorials if you don’t know how to do this). Then, it’s time to embroider. You can start by adding the recipient’s name across the top of the stocking, but to make things even more fun, you can add designs like trees, snowmen, wreaths, sleighs, and other Christmas-themed items.
Thanksgiving Table Runner
A table runner is a great way to add some style and personality to your Thanksgiving dinner. You can easily make your own embroidered version, which will feel very homey and welcoming for all your guests. You’ll need a simple but durable piece of fabric, or you can even buy a plain pre-made runner and add embroidery to it if you are short on time. To add festivity, just stencil on a Thanksgiving design to the two ends of the runner. This could include turkeys, pumpkins, acorns, leaves, and other fun fall-themed items. It will add a wonderful pop of color to the end of your table that will brighten up your festivities.
Christmas Tree Skirt
If you have a real Christmas tree, you will definitely need a skirt to go with it to catch the needles that fall from the tree. Instead of spending money on an overpriced one at the store, why not go with your own handmade version? You’ll just need some basic fabric from the store, which you should cut into a circle with a hole in the middle for your tree. You may need to measure the tree to ensure that it is accurate. Then you’ll want to use a chain stitch or a whip stitch on the edges to keep them from fraying. Finally, add some Christmas or winter themed designs such as snowflakes, ornaments, or trees. Since the skirt will be mostly hidden, you don’t need to go overboard with the designs – just a few well-placed ones will be enough.