This week I made a patchwork Santa.
He’s been on my to do list for a few weeks, and I have had to find time to make him, but, he is finally finished.
The Tilda Patchwork Santa is a present to myself, really. I had seen the kit a while ago on the craft channels on the television but I had resisted buying it. Until now.
Sewing a patchwork Santa
I love Tilda fabrics. The soft colour palettes and the delicate designs are always a joy to work with.
Tilda figures are very cute and very quirky. They have large bodies and very thin arms and legs. This does present a challenge when sewing and care needs to be taken with seams and seam allowances because it can be quite a tricky job turning things through to the right side.
I took my time and enjoyed the process.
It was a complete change for me, as I don’t normally work with patterns. There were a few things I would have done differently, and the instructions on the whole could have been a little clearer, but maybe I’m just being overly critical.
Creating the patchwork fabric for the front and back of Santa’s coat was quite time consuming but worth it.
Once you reach this stage, it starts to come together quite quickly.
The finished Santa
Here he is in all his glory.
I think he’s lovely and I’ve decided he can sit on the bookcase in the hallway to welcome visitors.
The green bauble in the centre of the dish is one of my heirloom decorations from my childhood, I also have a matching blue one. I love the way that old and new decorations can sit happily together, almost like the generations of a family.
All in all, I rather like my festive patchwork Santa. I’m looking forward to bringing him out and making him part of our family Christmas celebrations for many years to come.
If you’d like some more festive reading, you can find all about my first festive, patchwork quilt here.
Until next time…