Capture all of the upcoming festive fun with our Photobooth Felt Props. Whether you whip them out at pre-Christmas parties or on the big day itself, the whole family is sure to have an absolute ball taking pictures with Carolyn Letten’s photobooth props. Disguise yourself as the classic characters Santa Claus and Rudolph for a fun and creative way to make memories that will last throughout the year. Plus, the speech bubble shape can be personalised with any message you wish.
- Fabric: sequin: red, silver; printed cotton
- Felt: white, red, brown, green
- Pelmet interfacing
- Bamboo skewers
- Acid-free glue stick
- PVA glue
- Tissue paper
Make a Santa beard
Download and print the templates from sewmag. co.uk. Allowing for the extra 5mm shown by the dashed line across the top of each beard piece, cut out the four beard sections from white felt. Snip out the white moustache with no extra allowance, and the pink mouth with 5mm allowance all the way around.
Apply a line of acid-free glue across the top-front of pieces 2, 3, and 4, then layer all four pieces with the 5mm overlap. Cut out the mouth from fabric and apply a line of glue stick along the curved edge. Place it 5mm under the middle of the beard at the top. Apply a thin line of glue across the bottom of the moustache and stick it in place across the top of the mouth and beard.
Snip pelmet interfacing that is 5mm smaller than the entire glued piece all the way around. Roughly cut a piece of white felt backing that is larger than the entire piece. Place the interfacing in between the beard and white felt back.
Use grey thread to machine sew along all the edges of the beard sections, mouth and moustache. Trace the moustache details onto tissue, place over the moustache, stitch over the lines then tear the paper away. With cream thread, sew the swirl details on the beard. Trim all excess felt away. Use PVA glue to secure the top of a bamboo skewer to the back of the beard. Cover the top with a piece of glued felt.
Sew a Santa hat
Cut out a red felt hat using the template provided. Snip out a slightly smaller piece of pelmet interfacing. Place both onto red felt cut slightly bigger. Use red thread to stitch around the edge of the hat, adding the extra line shown to make the hat look 3D. Trim all excess felt away.
Snip out the white felt band and place it across the bottom of the hat. Machine sew around it in red thread. Cut out a 4.5cm diameter circle from white felt and place a silver sequin 4cm circle on the top. Lay both onto a roughly cut bigger white felt circle. Place the tip of the hat in between the two pieces of felt and sew around the edge of the sequin fabric. Trim off the excess felt from the back.
Snip out two holly leaves from green felt and secure in place with bright green thread. Add a red felt circle for the berry and secure. Trim all excess felt away. Use PVA glue to secure the top of a bamboo skewer to the back of the hat. Cover the top with a piece of glued felt.
Stitch reindeer antlers
From the template, trace the two antlers onto brown felt. Trim two antlers from pelmet interfacing, 5mm smaller all the way around, and glue them in place on the back of each antler. Place each antler wrong side down onto brown felt, stitch around the edge of each, then cut them out close to the stitch line.
Snip out the headband from the template in brown felt and glue a slightly smaller piece of interfacing onto it. Cut out a second headband from brown felt. Place the ends of the antlers in between the two headband pieces and sew around. Trim all excess felt away. Use PVA glue to secure the top of a bamboo skewer to the back of the antlers. Cover the top with a piece of glued felt.
Make a Rudolph red nose
Cut a 5cm circle from red felt and a second slightly bigger red circle, plus a 4.5cm circle of red sequin fabric circle and interfacing. Place the bigger red circle at the bottom then layer the interfacing, the 5cm red circle, then the red sequin circle on top.
Stitch around the edge of the sequin circle in matching thread. Trim away the excess felt from the bottom. Trim all excess felt away. Use PVA glue to secure the top of a bamboo skewer to the back of the nose. Cover the top with a piece of glued felt.
Sew a speech bubble
Use the template to cut out a white felt speech bubble and a piece of interfacing 5mm smaller all the way around. Cut out the larger bubble from cotton fabric. Place the white felt bubble onto the fabric with the interfacing underneath and lay the whole thing onto white felt, cut slightly larger. Sew around the edge of the white felt in navy thread.
Trace the words onto tissue, pin in place then stitch over them twice in navy. Tear the tissue away. Sew around the edge of the cotton fabric, then trim the excess felt off. Use PVA glue to secure the top of a bamboo skewer to the back of the speech bubble. Cover the top with glued felt.