Last year our family decided that all adults would receive homemade items as holiday gifts. The first year we gifted mostly goods from the kitchen along with a small craft item. This year I was able to start a bit earlier so more creativity could be applied to items in the gift baskets.
One of the gift items I made this year were needlework holiday bells. The creation of the items allowed me to try some new patterns and create products that may be treasured and passed down to younger family members.
I was so happy with the way that bells turned out that I desired to share a tutorial defining the process with you.
- Measure out two pieces of canvas. For the bell in this tutorial I used Aida 14 cloth in a cream color. The larger canvas size made the pattern very easy to complete.
- Choose a pattern and border for the bell. I have a fondness for Blackwork so I used free patterns found at Blackwork Journey, Imaginesque, or Wyrdbyrd’s Nest.
- Stitch your selected pattern and border on one canvas piece and just a border on the second piece. The patterned piece will be used for the outside of the bell and the unit with just a border will inside.
- Cut about a 1/2 inch border around the stitch pieces and press the border under.
- Sandwich the backsides of the two pieces together and hand stitch around the edges.
- Fold the stitched unit i half with the inside of the up, then hand sew each end from the fold to abut 1/2 way down the sides.
- Fold the unit in half on the other side keeping the inside of the bell to the outside, and stitch from the fold to about halfway down on both sides.
- Turn the bell right side out.
- Shape the unit into a bell shape by adjusting the folds. Next add your favorite accents for the clanger and hanger.