At Christmas time in my house, we’re quite partial to a skinny Santa ornament or two:
I’m soooo happy with how smart and handsome he turned out, despite the fact he’s in his night-wear! Although he’s definitely a sleepy, skinny Santa, the more I look at him, he appears to have more than a passing resemblence to Albus Dumbledore too. Perhaps I should seek out a lucrative Harry Potter merchandising deal now!
Anyway …. he was possibly the speediest project I’ve completed in a long time due to how simple and how much fun he was to make. Here’s a breakdown of how I did it.
To construct the body I:
- folded my fabric in half – with the wrong sides facing out;
- drew the basic ‘skinny’ shape on one side in pen;
- cut around the outline while the fabric was folded to cut two pieces at once;
- put the wrong sides facing and pinned them together;
- machine stitched around the outside leaving the bottom open;
- turned the body inside out;
- stuffed the figure with the wadding from an old pillow;
- hand-stitched the bottom section to complete the body.
To create the face I:
- Cut a small piece of felt for the face;
- hand stitched on sleepy eye-lids and eyes [The eyes are my first ever successful attempt at French knots. I’ve only been trying to conquer them since I was about 7 so … it didn’t take me too long !!!]
- cut a beard shape from a canvas clothing label and frayed the edges;
- used thin strips of the same canvas around the face for hair;
- stitched a mouth and tacked the beard to the face along the moustache-line;
- stitched the fabulously cute glasses on, with Santa peering over the top!;
- tacked the forehead to the main body [stitches are now hidden beneath the hat band]
For the finishing touches I:
- put a few drops of Hi-Tack: Fast Tack glue beneath the beard to secure it to the body;
- used the same glue to attach the rope hat-band and the breast-pocket;
- sewed a handmade parcel string pom-pom to his night-cap;
- bent the arms of the spectacles around the head;
- and finally, I threaded gold embroidery floss through a vintage watch face and sewed it to the pocket [we can’t have Santa being late can we??!!]
He was completed just in time to take his place on the sideboard with the rest of our much loved skinny Santas:
I hope you like him even a tiny bit as much as I do, or even as much as my partner who, upon seeing the finished product announced: “Yeah, he’s good isn’t he? It’s almost like you didn’t make it.”
He’s very lucky that [a] it’s the season of good will to all men and that [b] I know him well enough to understand that he was actually attempting flattery and that there was compliment buried in his statement … somewhere ;)!!
Ho, ho, ho.