Get Crafty This Christmas!
It's never too early to prepare for Christmas! What better way to get in the festive mood, than to get crafty and create your own Christmas decorations? Looking for a unique Scottish twist this Christmas? Why not make your Christmas decorations with tartan, and add a touch of heritage to your home in the process?
We've scoured the wonderful world of Pinterest to bring you some crafty ways to incorporate tartan into your Christmas, with some easyto-make decoration ideas.
1. Stuffed Christmas Decoration with Gold Trim
These fabulous stuffed Christmas decorations are the perfect addition to any Christmas Tree. Simply cut the pattern you want from two pieces of tartan, sew them together, leaving a hole that measures an inch at the top. Turn the sewn shape inside out and sew a gold ribbon, in a loop, to the top of the decoration, leaving the hole open. This will be the way you hang your decoration. Stuff the shape with cotton wool, or extra strips of tartan, to pad the decoration out. Sew up the hole to seal it. Choose a sparkly gold thread, with a thicker width to add a sparkly trim to the decorations. Don't be afraid to go over the top and make shapes with the thread, as has been done with the bagpipe decoration pictured.
Tip: Opt for a tartan with green and red through it to add an extra Christmas touch.
2. Card Cut-Out Decoration with Tartan Cover
Not great with a needle and thread? Not to worry, these cut-out Christmas Decorations are the perfect solution, and a great way to involve the kids in your crafty afternoon. Source some firm card and draw the shape of your decoration onto the card. Remember to use a hole punch to make a hole for the ribbon to go through, to hang your decoration, at the end. Make three or four of the same shape on the card and cut around them. Use PVA glue to stick the card layers together to build one thick card shape. Leave to dry. Once your card shape is set, trace around it onto your chosen tartan. Make sure to make two identical fabric shapes and use the hole punch or a sharp scissor edge (watch your fingers!) to create a hole to hang the decoration from. Cut out the fabric shapes and glue them onto either side of the card shape. Leave your decoration to dry. Once the decoration is dry, source a sparkly ribbon, or Christmas-themed string, and thread it through the hole. Tie at the end and push the knot down to sit, at the back of the decoration, behind the hole.
Tip: If you are crafty with wood, the internal shape can be made by cutting shapes from wood, rather than card, for durability.
3. Simple Tree Bows
If you're looking to add a touch of tartan to your tree, this Christmas, but are unsure about getting crafty, we have an easy alternative. These simple tartan bows, dotted around the Christmas tree, are the perfect addition to your Christmas decor. If you're looking for a colour to match your room, take a look at our bow and ribbon section here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/gifts-and-home/materials...
If it is a specific clan tartan you had in mind, take a look at our hand fasting ribbons here. They come in a large number of clan tartans and you can specify the ribbon width, depending on how big you want the bows to be. Our hand fasting ribbons come in packs of five which make them perfect for turning in to Christmas bows for your tree: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/hand-fasting-ri...
Tip: If you are good with a sewing machine, you can make your own ribbons in bulk, by purchasing a large piece of fabric from our ready-cut fabrics in clearance. For 40% off ready-cut fabrics click here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/clearance?set_cat_id=935
4. Christmas Cushions
Not got a tree, but still want to add a touch of tartan at Christmas? Why not make a Christmas-themed tartan cushion? This is the perfect Christmassy accessory to add to your home. Cut two identical shapes, your cushion doesn't have to be square, from your tartan fabric. Sew together until there is one seem left to sew. Turn inside out to hide the sewn edges. Source some plain fabric, and cut out Christmas-themed shapes, like the snowflakes or tree pictured. Use these cut outs to decorate your tartan cushion, however you like. Make sure to add wooden buttons or bows for extra texture and contrast. Sew these decorations onto your cushion until you are happy with how it looks. You now have the option of either adding a zip to the open seem and stuffing the cushion, or simply stuff the cushion and sew the remaining seem up. Place these unique Christmas cushions around your home for a Scottish touch this season.
Tip: buying a heavier fabric will create a sturdy and more durable cushion, it will also be easier to work with when sewing the cushion together.
5. Scottish Bunting
This festive bunting will be suitable, all year round, for many celebrations. You can make it in the same tartan as your Christmas Tree decorations, to create a theme, or opt for multiple tartans or tweeds to create a fun look. Cut two identical triangle shapes from your chosen fabric and sew together to create both a front and back to the bunting. Depending on the stiffness of the fabric, you may want to lightly stuff the triangle, or insert a triangular piece of card to ensure the triangles stay flat when hanging. Once you have created as many triangle as you like, source a festive or sparkly ribbon and sew each triangle on to the length of the ribbon. Make sure to leave space at each end of the ribbon to allow for easy tying of the bunting.
Like the look of these and can't wait to get started? All you need is our fabulous ready cut fabric to get you started! At an amazing discount of 40% off at the moment, you have a large choice of tartans to match the colours of your home, or represent your clan.
Take a look here to find the right tartan for you: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/clearance?set_cat_id=935
If you want your decorations to look different, why not go for mis-matched tartans for a colour contrast? Our generous bags of oddments are the perfect soloution for this.
Take a look here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/tartan-oddments-bag/
Why not send us a picture of your home-made Tartan Christmas Decorations, so we can share them on our social media. We always love to see what you do with our tartan. Email your pics in to our facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Scotweb/