Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday prep, take a little time to Sew Scandinavian! The currently popular Norwegian concept of hygge (coziness, comfort and contentment) is perfect for those who sew. It’s why we create and a wonderful part of what we lovingly offer our family and friends in our stitches.
Cozy up with a Sew Scandinavian Snowflake Pillow or two for a seriously hygge holiday moment! Jennifer of the Jennifer Jangles blog designed lovely appliques you can adapt to any size of pillow you need. You’ll begin by tracing six dentrites (a fancy name for snowflake arms) from her provided template. Jennifer’s post includes excellent applique instructions and great hints for free motion stitching around the finished flakes. I can also see these softly falling across a table runner or stitched to a kitchen towel, too. They’ll be the warmest snowflakes ever! Click here for the Snowflake Pillow tutorial.
The Gnomes – Nisse, Tomte and Tonttu
The playful, clean-shaven gnomes I found on the Gingercake blog are perfect for re-purposing scraps of your favorite fabrics! Designer Virginia suggests varying the size of your gnome folk and weighting their bottoms so they’ll stand up jauntily. You’ll especially appreciate Virginia’s clever tips for attaching the fabric body to the wooden bead head and the hat template she provides. The Gingercake gnomes are quick and machine sewn. You’ll have a hand or basket full of impish, forest folk stitched up in no time! Click here for the Gingercake Gnome tutorial.
Bits of felt, yarn and embroidery thread are the magical ingredients for the delightful bearded gnomes featured on the Make Film Play blog. The directions call for hand stitching but, they could easily be made on your sewing machine to save time. Consider planning a Sew Scandinavian party with the kids and create a whole village of these little rascals. They’ll look fabulous and festive gathered on your mantle, grouped as a centerpiece or hiding impishly amongst the tree branches! Click here for the Scandinavian Gnomes tutorial.
Swedish Dala Horse
Although traditionally hand carved and painted, the Swedish Dala horse is perfect to include in our Sew Scandinavian creations! Gather red felt, floss, fiberfill and ribbon to stitch this ancient symbol of winter yuletide. Better Homes and Garden’s post provides a traceable pattern and simple instructions for assembling and embroidering your own herd of Dala horses. They’ll make up quickly with just a few steps – cut, embroider, stuff and sew. Plan these for package ties, tree ornaments or treasures for the kids to enjoy while the grown-ups are prepping dinner! Click here for the Dala Horse tutorial.
Scandinavian Star Ornament
Bring the starry night skies of Scandinavia indoors with these lovely ornaments designed by Anna of Tea and a Sewing Machine. Anna suggests using a glass to draw a circle for your felt background. And, to make it even easier, she also provides a template you can use! The ingeniously constructed star consists of identical felt pieces that create a gorgeous central motif. You’ll enjoy Anna’s easy photo steps and helpful tips. She’ll show you just how to skillfully arrange and securely tack the starry pieces before they’re sewn on your machine. To make it fun, choose a variety of ribbons to hang your ornaments! Click here for the Star Ornament tutorial.
Winter Felt Bird
Clever Anna also designed a beautiful felt bird and it’s perfect for our Sew Scandinavian collection. Simple in shape and easy to stitch, you’ll enjoy choosing buttons, ribbons and embroidery threads to make your birds unique. The post includes marvelous instructions for hand blanket stitching, but you may want to use your machine stitches instead. Anna’s pattern template includes several other winter motifs that will be fun to add to your projects, too. Hang these and Anna’s Star Ornaments from your tree for instant coziness and warm Scandinavian hygge! Click here for the Felt Bird tutorial.
No matter what your heritage, a bit of Scandinavia creates the “cozy at home” feeling we all love about the Christmas season. Gather the kids, stitch up a bit of red and white and embrace the comforting joys of Winter!