The past week in Bilberry Woods was all about preparing for the winter. One might argue that it was a little too early as the sky was still blue and although the nights were a little chilly it was lovely and warm in the sun.
On the other hand there is nothing better than using those last warm days to prepare for the rainy autumn, for when it arrives you are all set up and can just be cosy and happy and actually you will then enjoy the rain.
So some of the Bilberry Woods residents were busy preserving fruit, making jams and piling firewood. Others were making felt autumn garlands with pretty little acorns, supervised by Marie the Mouse. They all made, what seemed like hundreds of garlands, I made one, and I loved it and I thought I'd show you how to make one too. I hope you like it!
You will need felt, some wadding for stuffing, needle and thread and some thicker twine or thread if you want to string the leaves and acorns together. They look just as lovely as they are and could be used in table decorations or artistically placed around the house :)
1. Cut the pieces out of felt.
2. Fold in half, stitch and turn inside out.
3. Stitch a running stitch to the open edge.
4. Stuff with wadding and close the opening by pulling running stitch tight and secure with a few little stitches.
5. Pin the top circle on and stitch 3/4 around it.
6. Push a little more stuffing under the circle and finish stitching.
7. Fold and stitch the hanging loop to the top.
8. And there you are!
9. You can cut some felt leaves and string them up with acorns to make pretty garland.