Last weekend, I did my first ever 10k. It was a charity event to raise money for a little girl called Sophie, who lives in the next village. Sadly, Sophie has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is facing many years of treatments. Her Mum set up a Facebook group (called Sophie’s Journey, if you’re interested) and it was through this that I found out about the virtual 10k event. You could run, walk, cycle or swim the distance – I jogged half and then walked the rest – between 4-13th December and afterwards, collect your medal from Sophie’s house, socially distanced of course! The medals were designed by Sophie and are super cute!
When I went to collect my medal, I wanted to take a little something for Sophie and her two sisters. I’d seen this idea from Sew Dainty on Pinterest for a Christmas tree garland and thought they’d work well as individual decorations too. First, I drew and cut out my Christmas tree shape on paper before pinning it onto felt sandwiched between two pieces of Christmas print fabric. You can use wadding or anything in the centre of the sandwich, it’s just to give the trees some body. It’s a good way to use up random pieces of fabric!
Next, I added in a hanging ribbon at the top before taking my tree sandwich to the sewing machine and sewing around the outside of the template, pivoting at the corners to give nice sharp points.
After I’d finished, it looked like this.
Using pinking shears, I cut around the outside of the tree, taking care not to chop off the ribbon hanger!
Lastly, I stitched some zigzag lines up the tree. I wanted a tree topper but I’d run out of star buttons so I hand stitched a pair of wooden hearts to the front and back of the top of the trees instead.
I love how these came out and think I’ll be making a garland of trees in the near future.