Dare to Make It: Holiday

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How to Make a Stuffed Buche de Noel (Part 1)

comments (12) December 25th, 2010     

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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Joyeux Noel! This Buche de Noel may not be tasty, but it sure is cute.
The finished log is ready to decorate!
Measure 2-1/2 inches down the side of the small piece of felt. Make a mark. Fold the felt in half, and cut from the mark to the fold.
Joyeux Noel! This Buche de Noel may not be tasty, but it sure is cute.

Joyeux Noel! This Buche de Noel may not be tasty, but it sure is cute.

Photo: Erika Kern
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Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the decorations, the food, the music . . . seriously I love the music, I own, like, 60 different Christmas albums (I know, it's a sickness). Anyway, back to the topic at hand—the decorations and the food, I love 'em! This project combines both into a fun stuffed centerpiece that will last you years and years.

Don't miss part 2 of this project where we embellish the log with mushrooms and holly berries.

What You'll need:

• Wool felt (You can find felt by the yard at most fabric stores. I'll be using the names of National Nonwoven's felt line since it's the brand I've found in most stores.)

1/3 yard of Oakwood (Dark Copper Brown)

1/3 yard of Chocolate (Dark Brown)

1/4 yard of Oatmeal (Light Heathered Brown)

• 2 to 4 skeins of brown embroidery floss (I used DMC 838)

• Size 20 or 21 chenille hand needle

• Rotary cutting tool

• Self-healing cutting mat

• Scissors

• Fabric glue

• Embroidery needle (optional)

• Sewing machine (optional)

• Stuffing

• Quilt batting (optional)

Make your log:

Cut two pieces of the Oakwood felt: one 12 inches by 18 inches for the body of the log and one 10-1/4 inches by 4 inches for the stump.


Measure 2-1/2 inches down the side of the small piece of felt. Make a mark. Fold the felt in half and cut from the mark to the fold.

Use a compass to make the circles for your log. The circle for the log's ends is 5-1/2 inches in diameter. The circle for the stump is 3-1/4 inches in diameter.

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Comments (12)

EchoLin writes: seems difficult, i guess i can't do that well.
Posted: 5:08 am on March 19th
klwheeler writes: I want to try this soon.
Posted: 2:35 am on November 6th
happyquilter54 writes: i9m, love tis. will have to make one too
Posted: 4:56 pm on December 2nd
happyquilter54 writes:
Posted: 4:55 pm on December 2nd
erika_kern writes: Yeah. . . I'm a BIG felt fan. I love how forgiving it is and I also love how people have this expectation of it and how easy it is to do something unexpected with it because those expectations are so low.

I love the idea of this as a mother daughter project. Warms the heart!

Posted: 5:18 pm on October 4th
Jen1964 writes: Love it! When my daughter was 8 and wanted to learn to sew, I found she couldn't handle the skinny material easily. The practice kits were too simple and unrealistic, so we decided to start her on felt, and a needle big enough she could thread herself without getting frustrated. Felt is so forgiving, and your hands don't cramp when you hold it... and it stays put while you get used to the thimble. Everyone loved the applique pillows she made.
We never thought of anything like this though. I'd love to try this as a mother - daughter project, fit for any first timer or expert who just wants to have fun. There's something about the hugability of felt, too.
Posted: 10:42 am on October 4th
JennlovesSteve writes: This is so cute, I am going to make them for everyone this year!
Posted: 5:26 pm on October 2nd
erika_kern writes: Thanks! Oh! I loved your log too Kayte, I remember seeing it and swooning.
Posted: 2:39 pm on October 1st
Jen_W writes: I really cannot stand how cute this is. Oh my goodness.
Posted: 2:31 pm on October 1st
susanstars writes: beautiful, Erika! I loved yours too, Kayte!
Posted: 2:05 pm on October 1st
mscraftypants writes: I love the swirly ends and the layered wood grain gives a lovely depth. I can't wait to see the mushrooms. Hooray for Buche de Noel! I have to go buy some felt now; thanks Erika. :)
Posted: 1:14 pm on October 1st
kaytet writes: cute! i love yule logs! i made one for the holidays last year!
Posted: 12:01 pm on October 1st
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