Have you left your Christmas gifts to the last minute? Don’t panic your can just make these Easy Last Minute Christmas Gifts – Advent Calendar Mold Chocolates. Since naturally I left the final gifts till Christmas Eve to sort out, the kids had just finished their last chocolate in their advent calendars. Why not use them as a mold to make your own Christmas themed chocolates!
These super simple decorations look great and are nice and easy to make. I made mine with the kids and they loved it!
These little baubles are made using small pieces of fabric and stuffed with offcuts. Scrap busting at its best!
What you will need
Ribbon – 20cm (8 inches) for the hanging loop + extra for decorating if wanted. You can use any width you like.
Scraps for stuffing (can use bought stuffing if you prefer)
Step 1 – Draw and cut your circles
Hannah (7) drew her own circles using a bowl as a guide. You really can make these any size you like. Just remember that they will get about 1cm (3/8”) smaller all the way around.
I helped Harry (5) with his circles he didn’t want to cut them himself! You need two circles per bauble, one for the front and one for the back.
*Add all decorations at this point!
Step 2 – Adding the Loop
You will need to cut a piece of ribbon 20cm (8”) long.
Pin your loop on the right side at the top if your fabric has a right way up. Lay the second circle on top with the right sides facing.
Step 3 – Pin and Sew
Pin all the way around your circles to hold the two layers evenly together. Mark a 1 inch gap with a double pin (or different colour etc)
Starting at one set of double pins, lockstitch (reverse over a few stitches a few times) sew all the way around your circle using the right side of your presser foot as a guide by lining it up with the raw edge of the fabric. Note: It pays to reverse and sew over the loop a few times to hold it secure.
Lockstitch again when you get to the next set of double pins. This should leave you a 1 inch gap for turning and stuffing.
Step 4 – Trim and Turn
Trim off the excess seam allowance down as shown in the photo above. This will help it sit nicely without puckering when you turn it around.
Feed the fabric through the gap to turn it around the right way.
You can wriggle it back and forth between your thumb and index finger to get the edges folded right out.
There you have a cure little perfectly formed circle! Well with a gap anyway!
Step 5 – Stuff and Stitch
I used cut up strips of flannelette for the stuffing. Most fabric works well as long as it is not to heavy. Great way to empty that scrap bin! You can add as much or as little stuffing as you like! You can use bought stuffing if you have some lying around.
Harry decided this was the right amount of stuffing. Just a piece of advice tell the kids not to pull too hard on the ribbon loop while stuffing it…don’t ask me how I found that out! Lets just be thank full to whoever invented un-pickers!
Stitch up the gap you left using a regular old needle and thread. You can sew this on the machine but it will leave a visible stitch line that will pull a bit.
Step 6 – Adding Embellishments
You can sew ribbon strips onto the circles. I didn’t pin these I just held them in place and sewed them on.
You can go wild (or straight!) after you have finished just trim off the edges and sew as normal. You could add names of initials or even a snowman. Anything goes! Felt would be a great way to add details, if only I had some handy…next time! And I’m pretty sure Grandma (Aunt, Uncle, Neighbour, Teacher etc etc) would love one as a gift!
Now hang and enjoy! I see a few more of these happening before Christmas. Another bonus you can pack them away easily for next Christmas without fear of breaking them!