Ah, mistletoe... one of the greatest Yuletide traditions, if you ask us. Who doesn’t love a cheeky plant that encourages lots and lots of smooching? We also adore how easy this project from Chloe Hailwood is to sew together. With its delicate gold stitching and shaping wire, all hanging from a ruby red ribbon, it would be rude not to to attach multiple sprigs above each doorway for some added Christmas romance – mwah!
- Fabric, two fat quarters, green cotton
- Felt balls, ivory
- Felt, white
- Toy stuffing
Download and print the templates from sewmag.co.uk. Create four 12cm x 30cm rectangles from white felt, four from plain green cotton and four from patterned green cotton. Layer a piece of felt between the two cotton sections, right sides facing out, then pin together. Arrange a mistletoe template on top and mark the outline with tailor’s chalk.
Stitch around the outline, leaving the end of the stem open. Cut around the mistletoe shape 5mm from the stitching, then fill the leaves with toy stuffing, using wire to push it down. Bend the ends of two 25cm pieces of wire into a 1cm teardrop shape, then insert through the stem to the bottom leaves.
Sew the top of the stem closed, neaten the threads, then trim. Stitch felt balls to the front. Repeat until there are four mistletoe sprigs. Tie a 75cm length of red ribbon around them, securing with a few stitches and finishing in a bow. Attach another piece at the back as a hanging loop. Bend the wire in the lower leaves slightly to finish.