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berninaEmojis are everywhere at the moment and the kids love them!! You can make these fabulous felt Christmas emojis to hang on the tree or decorate your mantlepiece. Customise them to suit you – choose your own eyes, mouth tongue and make each one individual.  Felt decorations like this are often hand stitched, but it is much quicker to machine sew them and I have used some of the embroidery stitches you can find on your Bernina to embellish them. This tutorial has been designed for children themselves to follow (although children under 8 will probably need some help.)

Click here to download the stencil pack. You can print this at home and draw round them to create your felt shapes.

You will need :

Pen or soft pencil

Felt – red yellow, pink, black, white and blue.

Wadding or cotton wool

Glue – clear, rapid-dry glue is best

Red ribbon

rudolph-tutorialTo make the Rudolph emoji

1 – Use your stencils to draw onto your felt. Cut 2 yellow circles, 2 antlers, a tongue, a smile, a nose and 2 eyes of your choice.

2 – Use one of the decorative stitches on your Bernina machine to decorate your antlers. You can choose any one, but I used a wiggly line (which is number 76 on the Bernina B350.) The stitching stops the antlers from being too floppy.

3 – Cut a piece of ribbon that is 15cm long and fold it in half.

4 – Pin the folded ribbon and the two antlers in place behind one of your yellow circles and then pin the other circle underneath. Make sure that the head of the pins are on the OUTSIDE otherwise you will sew them into your emoji and it could be a nasty shock for anyone who picks it up – ouch!

4 – Oversew round your emoji using the vari-overlock stitch (number 3 on the Bernina B350). On the way round, make sure you sew through the antlers and the ribbon to hold them in place. At the bottom, leave a gap of about 2cm open.

5 – Stuff your emoji with a little bit of wadding using the end of a pencil and then sew up the gap by hand. (When you stick the tongue on it will overlap just here and hide your hand stitching.)

6 – Glue the eyes, nose, mouth and tongue in place. Leave this to dry and there you have a lovely Rudolph emoji decoration.

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angel-tutorial

To make the Angel emoji

1 – Use your stencils to draw onto your felt. Cut 2 yellow circles, 2 wings, one halo, a mouth, 2 eyes and a heart kiss.

2 – Use one of the decorative stitches on your Bernina machine to make some pretty patterns on the wings. You can choose any one, but I used swirls (which is number 71 on the Bernina B350.) This stitching stops the wings from being too floppy.

3 – Cut a piece of ribbon that is 15cm long and fold it in half.

4 – Pin the folded ribbon and one of the wings behind a yellow circles. Then pin another yellow cirlce behind that. Make sure that the head of the pins are on the OUTSIDE otherwise you will sew them into your emoji and it could be a nasty shock for anyone who picks it up – ouch!

4 – Oversew round the yellow circles using the vari-overlock stitch (number 3 on the Bernina B350). On the way round, make sure you sew through the ribbon and the wing to hold them in place. At the side, where the other wing will attach, leave a gap of about 2cm open.

5 – Stuff your emoji with a little bit of wadding using the end of a pencil and then sew up the gap by hand. (When you stick the other wing on it will overlap just here and hide your hand stitching.)

6 – Glue the eyes, mouth and kiss, halo and the second wing in place. Leave this to dry and there you have a lovely Christmas emoji angel.

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santa-tutorial

To make the Santa emoji

1 – Use your stencils to draw onto your felt. Cut 2 yellow circles, 1 red hat, one white bobble and hat trim, a smile, teeth and 2 eyes.

2 – Pin the trim onto the hat. Use one of the decorative stitches on your machine to sew them together. You can choose any one but I used the little stars, (which is number 66 on the Bernina B350.)

3 – Cut a piece of ribbon that is 15cm long and fold it in half.

4 – Pin the folded ribbon behind the hat and then pin the other circle underneath. Make sure that the head of the pins are on the OUTSIDE otherwise you will sew them into your emoji and it could be a nasty shock for anyone who picks it up – ouch!

4 – Oversew round the yellow cirlces using the vari-overlock stitch (number 3 on the Bernina B350). You might find it easier to fold the hat forwards while you do this so it isn’t in the way. On the way round, make sure you sew through the ribbon to hold it in place. At the top, behind the hat, leave a gap of about 2cm open.

5 – Stuff your emoji with a little bit of wadding using the end of a pencil and then sew up the gap by hand. (When you stick the hat on it will overlap just here and hide your hand stitching.)

6 – Glue the eyes, nose, mouth and hat bobble in place. Leave this to dry and there you have a lovely Santa emoji decoration

 

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: Felt, Glue, Pen or soft pencil, Red ribbon, Wadding or cotton wool
Used Products:
BERNINA 350 PE
BERNINA 350 PE

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