Welcome to the Canadian designers Christmas blog hop. We hope you enjoy all the postings and have fun doing the projects. As I am first, and it is not even Halloween yet, feel free to substitute a pumpkin for a mitten!
A MITTEN FIVE WAYS
For ALL craft projects, you will need freezer paper, fusible appliqué paper, black felt tip pen, fabric for heart appliqué, assorted buttons (3 per mitten).
For each fabric ornament, you will need 2 – 5” squares of beige/light brown fabric, 2 – 5’’ squares of quilt batting, black embroidery thread, green embroidery thread DMC 500.
Trace mitten shape onto freezer paper, cut-out. Iron onto fabric and cut along edge of template. Repeat for desired number of mittens.
- From quilt batting, cut out 2 mitten shapes for each mitten.
- Trace heart shape onto fusible appliqué paper. Iron onto wrong side of desired fabric. Cut out and fuse onto mitten shape.
- a) Use 1 strand black embroidery thread and stitch decorative stitches over edges of heart. XXXXX or / // \\\ \ OR…
b) Draw decorative stitches over edges of heart with black felt tip pen.
- Stitch 3 buttons to mitten front.
- Sandwich 2 layers of batting between the 2 fabric mitten shapes. Pin. With 3 strands of green embroidery thread, buttonhole stitch around edge of mitten. Add hanging string. (See www.frecklescollection.com for buttonhole stitch description).
For each ornament, you will need 2-5” squares of med. brown wool, 2-5” squares of quilt batting (optional), black embroidery thread, green embroidery thread DMC 500. See steps 1-6 of fabric ornaments but use only decorative stitches of 3a.
For each gift tag, you will need 1-5” square of heavy brown paper (Kraft or recycled from grocery bags), serrated craft scissors or old pinking shears, craft glue, raffia or ribbon.
- Use the same freezer paper mitten template as in the ornaments and iron onto heavy brown paper (Kraft or recycled grocery bags). Use craft scissors or old pinking shears to cut out mitten. Peel off freezer paper and re-use.
- For heart appliqué, follow step 3 of fabric ornaments. Draw stitches over edges of heart and running stitch along edge of mitten with black felt tip pen.
- Place 3 buttons on tag with hot glue gun or craft glue.
- Write the “greeting” on tag with black felt tip pen.
- Punch a hole in top corner. Thread a piece of raffia or ribbon through the hole for a hang-tie.
For each gift bag, you will need a brown paper lunch bag, 1 – 6” square of fabric for mitten, raffia.
- Trace mitten shape onto fusible appliqué paper, cut out and iron on back of mitten fabric. Fuse in place on “good side” of paper bag. Trace, cut out and fuse heart onto mitten.
- Draw decorative stitches over edges of heart and running stitches along outside edge of mitten with black felt tip pen.
- Glue on buttons.
- Fold over top edge of bag two times. Punch 2 holes in centre of fold and tie raffia into a bow.
WOOL MITTEN COOKIES
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1½ cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
3 tbsps. butter, softened
1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. milk
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Ivory, brown, red, juniper green paste food colouring
For cookies, process flour, pecans and salt in a food processor until mixture becomes a fine powder. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Divide dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap; chill 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Trace pattern onto a piece of clear acetate; cut out. On a lightly floured surface, use a floured rolling pin to roll out half of dough to ¼” thickness. Place pattern on dough and use a sharp knife to cut out cookies. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Bake 17 to 20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool cookies on baking sheet 3 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.
For icing, combine confectioner’s sugar, butter, milk and vanilla in a small bowl; beat until smooth. Place ¼ cup icing in a small bowl; tint beige using ivory and brown food coloring. Ice mittens with a smooth finish of beige icing.
- Divide remaining icing between 2 small bowls; tint 1 bowl with red food colouring and the remaining bowl with green food coloring. Spoon icings into pastry bags fitted with small round tips. Pipe cuffs, hearts, and “blanket stitch” onto cookies. Use very small round tips to pipe lines and dots onto hearts. Pipe a circle of icing and fill in circle for each “button.” Pipe icing onto top of each button for “thread.” OR…
- Shake red and/or green sprinkles on mittens when icing is still wet.
Allow icing to harden. Store in an airtight container in a single layer.
Yield: about 1½ dozen cookies.