It's been my goal for a few years now to have a house completely covered in homemade decorations. And would you know it, little by little I am slowly getting there.
Last year I finally finished sewing each of the kids a Santa sack, from some of my very favourite fabrics. Gosh the kids just love those. Pulling them out on Christmas Eve always creates some crazy excitement.
There's also the homemade advent calendar, that we fill with fun activities (and sometimes the odd little treat) for the month before Christmas. Huge hit with the kids. My eldest begs for me to put it out each year.
I love the look of homemade buntings around the house. They are timeless and they're washable and iron-able (not to mention top stitched like mad), so they're hopefully going to look good for decades.
We've got quite a few home made tree decorations, but I've got some big making plans in that department. So many, many plans- so little time!
One thing I'm pretty fussy about though is Christmas fabrics. I figure if I'm going to spend all that time sewing something special, and it's something that we are going to bring out year after year, I may as well make it out of fabric I really love.
Sadly, I'm finding there isn't much I'm loving at the moment in the way of Christmas fabrics. Don't get me wrong, I've scored some beauties in the past. Alexander Henry has had some stunning prints.
Err no, I'm not talking about their pin up Christmas fabrics. Not that I have anything against people who want those kind of fabrics. I mean whatever floats your boat and all. I'm making things for children in this house though!
What I'm talking about is their classic Letter to Santa (now that's my kind of Santa), Santa's sparrows and Angel Cakes prints. Those fabrics are all kinds of right in my opinion.
While we're talking amazing Christmas prints, let's not forget this Belle and Boo print, which might just be my favourite Christmas print ever. Goodness, those illustrations are just perfection.
I've been trying to narrow down exactly what makes something I'd label a "timeless Christmas fabric". It guess it comes down to this- I love classic prints with beautiful illustrations. Prints that have just that right amount of nostalgia and whimsy, that remind you of your very favourite Christmas books you read growing up. Fabrics that aren't going to look tacky in 3 years time, when I have a big "What was I thinking?" moment.
I definitely don't like creepy looking Santas. Hmm, does anyone like the creepy looking Santa prints? My Santa needs cherubic, rosy cheeks and sweet eyes and a gentle beard. Forget the bristly beards and shifty eyes. Because let's face it, when you start to think about it Santa is just a little bit creepy. So Santa really shouldn't look like an old man you might actually run into on the street.
Hmm, what else? I'm not so big on murky or crazy colours for that matter either. Weird animals at Christmas?
Why, I ask? Just, why? I don't understand those fabrics at all, not for Christmas anyway. I'm sure someone out there is loving the weird animal Christmas fabrics, but they aren't going to be finding a home in my house any time soon.
Hit me with them! I'd really love to find a couple of new prints to add to my Christmas fabric stash!