How to Make a Stuffed Buche de Noel (Part 1)comments (12) December 25th, 2010
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
• Fabric glue
• Embroidery needle (optional)
• Sewing machine (optional)
• 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.
Use your circle pattern to cut two large circles and one small out of both the Oatmeal and the Chocolate brown felt. So you will have six circles, four large and two small.
This is where you'll have to decide whether you are going to glue, hand-stitch, or machine-stitch your appliqués onto your log. Me . . . I'm kinda crazy so I hand-stitched them. Even if you do decide to sew, you'll want to tack your appliqués down with fabric glue. Trust me, it makes life soooooo much easier. If you are gluing, slowly and neatly glue the spiral down, making sure to get a firm and even hold. If you are sewing, let glue tacks dry completely before you sew.
Now, for the fun part—let's make some bark!
You can also use the extra felt from the spiral shapes to make fun curves.
If you're gluing, glue down your appliqués now. If you are sewing, glue-tack the pieces and allow to dry. I used a whipstitch to sew the appliqués to the felt, but you can use whatever stitch you like best. A running stitch on a machine can give the log a cool, deconstructed look. Whatever you choose to do, attach all of the appliqués in the same fashion. Wait for the glue to dry before sewing your log together if you glue your appliqué down.
To sew up the log, we'll be using our friend the blanket stitch but in a slightly cockeyed way. The blanket stitch usually runs right to left, but in this case it's less awkward to stitch the log using a blanket stitch that goes left to right. Before you start stitching, you'll want to pin the body of the log to the first end. Don't pin the last few inches down, though, since you'll want your fabric to overlap a bit for the body seam.
Once your log is all sewn up, stuff it. To make sure my log is smooth, I use a piece of quilt batting rolled up into a tube and then I stuff that with stuffing to give it bulk. If you don't have any batting, just stuff it like crazy with your favorite stuffing material.
Now that the body of the log is all sewn and stuffed, sew up the stump using the same blanket stitch. Leave about 1/2 inch at the bottom of the stump's side seam.
Your log is all finished now and ready for next week's holiday decorations!
Such a beauty!
Check out Part 2 here.
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