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santa hat mini

So I was rushing out of the grocery store the other day, in a hurry as usual, when a Christmas card caught my eye.  I didn't have time to stop, but I made a mental note of this adorable design idea--a tree made of little Santa hats!

I played around for a bit - best therapy out there, by the way - pieced or appliqued (applique won because it was faster to design and make),  size (the design fits 8.5 x 11 for easy pattern printing) and colours - the white trim/pompom on the hats meant no white background so I ran to my default Essex linen in Natural by Robert Kaufman.  It hasn't failed me yet.

I'm super happy with this Scandanavian-style Christmas mini.  I imagine it's something one might find in Ikea.  It was great to use up some of those shirt buttons I salvage by the dozen and end up ignoring in my button jar.

And gotta love that Anthropologie handle ribbon.

I cheated like heck on this one.  Hardly any sewing.  I fused the ribbon, glued the buttons and twine bows (which I'm sure came from Tilda bundles) and didn't do any top-stitching.  I didn't even stitch down the hat trims.  I was going to, but then ... nah, I didn't.  It's going on the wall anyways so who cares?  Not me!

It's hung it in the stairwell that leads to my sewing room where it's nice and bright and sunny.  I'll try to get a free PDF pattern up this weekend. :)

Now I'm craving a shabby chic version of this ... think aqua and pink ... mmmm ...

xo k

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Reader Comments (14)

absolutely the sweetest thing. using all the things i/we love. nice job!
December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMessy Karen
This is super cute!
December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSigi G
How cute is that!?! I love the Santa hat idea it's great ... and now I think about making it pieced;-)
December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHildy
CUTE! yes Aqua and pink for sure. that's what I would do
December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllyn
As soon as I saw it I thought aqua and pink as well. Great minds...
December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi
Love this and must make one! You are so gifted in design and execution! Thank you for sharing; looking forward to the pattern.
December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVicki
Oh, how sweet is this - and the linen is perfect! As is your precision, of course. Definitely a relaxing project which I am all for these busy days.
Thanks for sharing!
December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (mtl)
I always think how lovely the designs on Christmas cards are, and this one translates perfectly! Your mini would look great with mini pompoms on the hats too!
December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuz
gorgoeus K!! ❤️
December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGreenRabbitDesigns
I love this, looking forward to the pdf pattern!
December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLana
Ohhh--I love this idea--not sure how many reds I have--but I must make one of these--tomorrow!!
today I must finish decorating and decide what I am fixing for the grown kids who are coming for dinner tonight!!
smiles, di
December 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdiane
Oh yes! Please let us know when it's available. This is a keeper for sure. You're so clever! Merry Christmas.
December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPolly
I really like your red fabrics and cute wall hanging you created. I quickly counted how many hats there were and the idea came to me that with a little bit of adapting someone might like to make it into a Christmas countdown with one for each day in December up until Christmas.

I so much enjoy all of your posts and especially your lovely creations.
Have a very blessed Christmas!
December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGina Shaw
I love spring when the sun comes back from hiding, there is something new and exciting to look at in the garden each day and the world is filled with cute baby animals
June 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBev

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