Today I’m delighted that the oh-so-talented Julianna of Sewing Under the Rainbow is joining us for the Handmade Holidays series.
Julianna has guest posted here before when she shared her fabulous Reindeer Pillow Pattern. She has amazing paper piecing skills!
Today she’s sharing some special Christmas traditions from her native country Poland as well as her beautiful Christmas tutorials.
Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts invited me to be a part of Handmade Holidays: Inspirations series (coming up December 1 – December 23) and I immediately agreed! (thank you Jennifer for thinking about me, you’re the best!:).
I would love to share with you a tutorial on how to make a Christmas tree decoration (and some Christmas related tutorials and patterns which I made in the past), but first I would love to tell you how we celebrate Christmas in Poland.
A few days before Christmas Eve we prepare special dishes for festive supper. We don’t eat meat on Christmas Eve (or sweets), so all dishes are vegetarian. Each region of Poland has its own typical dishes, but some are quite common (like dumplings with sauerkraut and mushrooms).
Christmas Eve is also the day when we decorate Christmas tree together with whole family. If it’s possible, we buy Christmas tree on that day too (but it happens that all is prepared earlier).
When it’s getting darker, kids are carefully staring at the sky and looking for the first star. We are starting eating the Christmas Eve supper when first star appears.
There should be exactly twelve dishes served during the Christmas Eve supper and each family member have to taste all dishes (otherwise he or she won’t be happy whole year). Nowadays it’s harder to prepare so many traditional dishes and sometimes salt and pepper counts too:)
After supper kids are taken to another rooms to look for Santa Claus while other adult family members put the Christmas gifts under the tree. Sometimes one of the family members dresses up as Santa Claus. What is interesting, in different regions of Poland there are different names for the person who brings gifts on Christmas. Usually it is Santa Claus, but also Baby Jesus Christ and Grandfather Frost.
After unpacking gifts, we’re singing carols together and celebrating Christmas time. It’s not quite popular still, but some traditional families try to cultivate caroling – dressing up for different characters (angel, devil, sheperds etc.) and singing carols in the neighborhood (the usual payment for carolers are sweets).
So that’s more or less how our Christmas Eve looks like.
Today I would love to share with you a short tutorial how to make a Christmas tree decoration:
To make Christmas Tree decoration you will need:
– two pieces of fabric (less than F8, depending on the size of decorations you would like to make),
– one piece of two-sided fusible interfacing such as Heat-n-Bond Lite (the same size as pieces of fabrics),
– coordinating thread, pencil, scissors.
Preparing the shape
Draw the shape of Christmas tree on the paper of two-sided interfacing, add seam allowances and cut the shape leaving a few centimeters (less than 1/4″) of fusible interfacing extra.
Iron on the shape on the left side of one of the fabrics. Cut the shape following the line of seam allowance.
Pin Christmas tree shape and second piece of fabric right sides together. Sew these two pieces together. Leave the gap on the bottom of Christmas tree (through this gap decoration will be put on the top of the tree).
Cutting the shape
Cut the Christmas tree shape. Cut out the corners (but don’t damage the stitches) and make an notches in the corners.
Turning inside out
Peel of the paper from interfacing. Turn tree decoration inside out. Special tool or simply a sushi stick can be very helpful.
Ironing the tree decoration
Iron on the Christmas tree leaving a tunnel in the middle (if something goes wrong, use special tool or sushi stick to make a tunnel inside, right after ironing). Leave the bottom edge raw or tuck the edge to the inside of decoration.
And here are some of my free Christmas patterns:
Paper-piecing block patterns are available HERE.
Paper-piecing block pattern is available HERE.
Wordy Cross block tutorial is available HERE.
Thank you Julianna for sharing your wonderful traditions with us and for the adorable Christmas tree tutorial. I love learning more about how others celebrate this most wonderful time of the year. I think Grandfather Frost is most charming!
Don’t forget to click here link up your Handmade Holiday picture to be entered to win one of the 4 great prizes.
Be sure to check out Julianna’s amazing paper piecing patterns. She’s super talented!
Merry Christmas everyone!