It's been a little busy here for a few weeks and blogging fell by the wayside to allow for some dedicated family and personal regeneration time. One of the events that was part of the hectic past few weeks was our school's annual Heart of Advent crafting day. It's an afternoon for our Waldorf community to come together and share time, ideas, stories, traditions and inspiration for the upcoming holiday season.
This year I was on the organizing committee and so devoted the weeks building up to the affair making sure all the pieces were in place. I then spent the entire Saturday of our gathering enjoying teaching friends new and old how to make these cute little Pocket Pals. With St. Nicholas Day fast approaching, I think they make a perfect boot filler but they would, of course, make great stocking stuffers or gift toppers for Christmas as well.
To make these darling play fellows, one will need:
1 16mm wooden bead
2 8mm wooden beads
1 pipe cleaner
a small piece of felt
an acorn cap (optional)
wool roving for stuffing and hair (optional)
an embroidery needle
Begin by bending the pipe cleaner into the configuration shown here so that the distance from A to B is only slightly wider than the width of the fabric (enough to accommodate the bead hands). This one is about 3" from tip to tip. Twist the two loose bottom wires together.
Glue the small beads over the two side ends of the pipe cleaner to make the hands and the larger bead onto the top for the head.
Set aside to dry.
Trace a body pattern onto the felt fabric. Lay two sheets, one atop the other, prior to cutting or cut each separately to create two identical body pieces. Feel free to make these two different colors or even to change the body shape. (At our Heart of Advent table, folks made heart bodies, angel bodies and even one shaped to look like a little Lego guy.)
If desired, embroider a symbol, design, letter or pattern onto one or both body pieces (or sew on a button or patch). (For Basic Embroidery Stitch instructions search the internet or click here.)
Lay the two body pieces together with embellishments facing out and, using embroidery floss, begin blanket stitching them together just slightly off center (at one side of the "neck"). (For very clear blanket stitch instructions, click here.)
Before turning the first corner (at the wrist), place the pipe cleaner armature inside the two felt pieces. Stitch around the corner (holding the hand in place) and continue until reaching the next "wrist".
Before finishing off the top of the arm, stuff the figure with a bit of wool roving (or whatever stuffing you have on hand) being sure to pad the pointy wire bits.
Decorate the face and head as desired with wool roving, an acorn cap or even a felt gnome hat.
Gift or keep for yourself and enjoy!