Bonnie Baubles

Part 4 of our Christmas decorations series and Emily has come up with a great way of using up some of those tartan scraps you may have lying around (if you don't have any scraps of your own at home, check out our bags of remnants.)

What you will need:

  • A spool of thread
  • A couple of needles
  • A pen
  • A plastic cup
  • A pair of scissors
  • A nice stack of tartan Tartan-Christmas-Decorations

What to do

1. Draw around the cup to create a circle, repeat this until you have more circles than you can count. Tartan-Christmas-Decorations 2.Now cut out all of your lovely little circles. Tartan-Christmas-Decorations 3. Take one circle and lay it on a flat surface. Fold a second circle in half and place it on the first circle then secure this half circle with a stitch. Repeat this action so you have two half circles stitched to the centre of the original circle. Tartan-Christmas-Decorations 4. Choose another circle of tartan, fold it in half and then half again so you end up with a circle of tartan a quarter the size of the original. Take the corner of this piece and stitch it to the centre of the pile of circles. Tartan-Christmas-Decorations 5. Repeat the action stated in 4 until the quarter circles have filled the area of the original shape, remembering to secure each one with a stitch. Tartan-Christmas-Decorations 6. Secure all of these with a stitch, turn over the bauble and repeat all of the above for the other side to form a spherical ball of tartan cheer. Tartan-Christmas-Decorations If you want to get really personal and create baubles in the family tartan then our craft swatches give you enough fabric to do this. You can always mix and match your tartans or include a few plain coloured circles if you are running out of fabric.
Those are some of our ideas of how to add a touch of tartan to you Christmas decorations. If you have a go at making some of these yourself, why not send us a picture of how they turn out, we'd love to see it. Also, if you have your own excellent ideas for tartan decorations, don't hesitate to get in touch.