I always worry about having Eva around Christmas tree ornaments because they can easily fall and brake. Let's face it - glass is not very children friendly. So I decided to make some soft ornaments out of old shirt.
1. Cut out a rectangular so that its height is twice shorter than its width. For example 4" by 8".
2. Fold it to form a square (right side in) and sew opened sides together.
3 and 4. Use a running stitch to gather one end.
5. Turn it inside out and stuff it.
6. Use a running stitch on the top side too but when you pull the thread to gather, push the edges inside like shown in the photo. Then pull tightly and secure it well.
7. Use a large needle to pull a thick thread through the bottom to the top and then back to form a loop on the top for hanging.
8. Tie a knot on the bottom.
Done! I encourage you to use stretchy fabrics and old sweaters - they will look great!
Do you want to know how I used to celebrate winter holidays when I was younger?
As some of you might know I am originally from Belarus and one of the biggest most anticipated holidays in the former Soviet Union is New Year's night. They also have a Christmas tree but it's just called ever green tree. They also have Santa but they call him Father Frost; he leaves presents for kids under the tree and on the morning of January 1st they are opened. There are a lot of similarities with Christmas celebration but there is no association with religion at all.
Now that Eva is four and a half, she is hearing about Christmas at school a lot and expects us to celebrate it. So what do we do? We celebrate both, of course!