December was a super crazy work month, so I had barely time to breathe let alone craft or blog. But, because I work part-time and have one day a week at home with children, there was at least a few minutes here and there to make some little things with them.
Inspired by something I saw somewhere (the exact source escapes me now) we made a couple of Jolly Holly brooches to give as teacher gifts.
I used a cookie cutter for the basic shape, then cut it out in two colours of felt, one slightly larger than the other. We sewed along the midline with some embroidery thread, and then added a red button or bell for the berry.
My 7 yr old managed the sewing himself, but my 5 yr old found it a bit hard, so I had to help.
I sewed on the bell/button and attached a safety pin to the back, but a more confident child sewer might be able to do that herself.
We pinned the finished brooches on cards so that they doubled as Christmas cards. Simple and sweet!