This week for my Christmas countdown was made on a cold spring day (during a blizzard) while I lived in Repulse Bay, Nunavut (Aug. 2006- June 2007). Once again, I borrowed a pattern and some fabric from Betty Brown, the lady that we shared a house with for that year. I love the decoration and I put it up every year, but when I do it brings back memories of a wonderful uncle who passed away during the time that I was working on this project.
Although it was such a sad time, especially being so far away from family, each year when I hang it for Christmas, I remember his life and the wonderful man he was.
Here is the project:
I do not have any photos of the process or the pattern, but it should not be very difficult to replicate using a photo from the internet. I begin with some red velvet material that I cut out in the shape of a Poinsettia, some green leaves, a gold centre and some white fabric. I appliqued these pieces to a piece of white fabric.
Then I added the borders. When I had the top piece done I taped it to the floor using masking tape. I placed a piece of fabric for the back to it so that the two right sides were facing each other. Then I placed some batting on the top. I sews around the edges, leaving a space of about 6 inches. It was like a bag that I had to turn right side out.
Then I did some top stitching to give it more detail.
To finish it off, I added some tabs to the top.