How to Make a Stuffed Buche de Noel (Part 2)

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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Holly berries and mushrooms decorate your felt Buche de Noel.
Dont want to make decorations? No problem! Use Christmas broaches, flowers from the dollar store, or items from your Christmas stash to give it some seasonal pop!
Traditional Buche de Noel cakes are decorated with meringue mushrooms and frosting or marzipan holly berries, but you can find all sorts of kookie holiday decorations on these tasty treats. Here, several are displayed in a Paris shop window. Yum!
Holly berries and mushrooms decorate your felt Buche de Noel.

Holly berries and mushrooms decorate your felt Buche de Noel.

Photo: Erika Kern
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So last week we made an appliquéd log pillow, which is great! I make them all the time, but what's so Christmas-y about a log pillow? Well, today we bring the Noel to this Buche de Noel! Let's decorate!

Traditional Buche de Noel cakes are decorated with all sorts of holiday wonders. I've seen Santas and elves and toys—I've even seen little houses perched atop these tasty logs! But most of them have two common decorations: meringue mushrooms and holly berries. So let's make some for our stuffed logs!

You'll need:

  • Felt (spring for wool or wool blend; it has a nicer hand and is more durable than the cheaper acrylic craft felt) in the following colors: white, oatmeal (you should have some left from the making of the log), green, and red
  • Embroidery floss in white, green, and red (I used DMC colors 3865 [for the white], 910 [for the green], and 498 [for the red])
  • Fabric glue (a quick-drying one like Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac works best)
  • Scissors
  • Compass, paper, and paper scissors (for making and cutting out patterns)
  • Stuffing

Make your mushrooms:

Use your compass to make a 3-inch-diameter circle pattern for your mushroom caps.

Cut one white 3-inch circle, one oatmeal 3-inch circle for the top, and a white 3-inch by 5-inch rectangle for the stem. Cut pieces for each mushroom you want for your log. I made five mushrooms for mine.

Use a blanket stitch to sew up the mushroom tops.

Stuff the mushroom top and blanket-stitch closed.

Mushroom tops look like raviolis when stuffed.


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Comments (4)

Jetmuis writes: this is soooo lovely , adorable and pretty,.
i'm sure that i give it a try , thank you for your great tute and the sharing!!!!;-D
Posted: 3:47 am on January 30th
sophiecai writes: great idea......looks adorable.....thanks for sharing
Posted: 8:50 pm on February 15th
erika_kern writes: Thanks so much!
You'll have to post a pic if you make one, I'd love to see it!
Posted: 4:43 pm on November 9th
RubyKitty writes: Very clear instructions and photos, love those kitsch elves (pixies?). Will be having a go myself at one of these calorie free treats!
Posted: 5:27 pm on November 4th
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