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Crafting Christmas Gifts: 25 Adorable Projects Featuring Angels, Snowmen, Reindeer and Other Yuletide Favourites [Paperback]

Tone Finnanger
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Book Description

29 Sep 2006
A cute collection of Christmas gifts and decorations from Tilda craft designer and bestselling author Tone Finnanger.

Choose from over 25 Tilda sewing and papercraft projects, including stockings, gift bags, wall hangings, cards, decorations, garlands and wreaths. Everything is at your fingertips with illustrated instructions and full-size templates for every design.

Tilda dolls – Learn how to make toys with helpful instructions to guide you through tracing, cutting, turning out, stuffing and sewing. Create adorable Tilda angels, snowmen, penguins, reindeer, gingerbread men, mice and santas for friends and family or to decorate your home. Then give your characters their own personality with facial details and co-ordinating clothing and accessories.

Decorations – Use festive applique designs to decorate wall hangings and personalise them by embellishing with beads, buttons, ribbons and embroidery stitches. Sew some fabric gingerbread men for your tree, make a penguin wreath for your front door or decorate the fireplace with an irresistible snow angel garland.

Gifts – Make your gifts truly special by presenting them in handmade gift bags, boxes and stockings. Create simple handmade cards and gift tags to accompany them with painted Christmas motifs or paper designs. There are even pretty paper cornets for sweets to keep the kids happy!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; illustrated edition edition (29 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715325507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715325506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.9 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Tone Finnanger has a distinctive style that is popular with crafters of all ages and abilities. Her titles for D&C include Crafting Springtime Gifts, Crafting Christmas Gifts, Sew Pretty Homestyle, Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle, Sew Sunny Homestyle and Crafting Tilda's Friends. She lives in Norway.

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About the Author

Tone Finnanger is a talented designer and author of more than 10 craft books. Her recent books include Tilda’s Studio, Tilda’s Winter Ideas and Tilda’s Spring Ideas.

Tone formed the Tilda brand in 1999, which is now well-known for its cute, whimsical characters in the form of animals and dolls. The brand has also developed a range of craft products for sewing and papercraft including Tilda fabrics, embellishments and papers.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow ! 27 May 2009
This is, to date, my very favourite Christmas book, I've made SOOOO many of the crafts in here! The Guardian angels are to die for, the "potted" snowmen were quick and easy and so much fun to make, ( I had 5 orders for these within 2 days ! ) Full-size patterns are included too, making it a very economical book ( you don't have to get them enlarged like patterns in some books) I give this book 10/10 xxxx
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ho Ho Ho ~ Get Sewing! 21 Oct 2008
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From the moment we opened the parcel and saw the super cover, my daughter and I were off.......Christmas is coming and the snowmen, angels and raindeer will be fat, colourful and hanging everywhere!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book but 10 Jan 2011
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This is a beautiful Christmas craft book to look at. The photos are big and clear and festive with that scandanavian style. The instructions for craft projects/gifts are simple. There's quite a few sewing projects although some are very similar (the santa's and angels are much the same with different decoration/dressing) and also some painted crafts (like decorating wooden boxes and garlands) based on the style of Tone's sewn characters.

The patterns are straightforward although what I found very annoying is they are slightly wider than A4. You will need to copy the patterns rather than cut from the book because cleverly they overlap to save space (colour co-ordinated for each item). If you want to photocopy (as recommended in the book) or scan and print this is irritatingly tricky as the patterns are just a couple of cms wider than A4.

As a novice I did struggle with some of the pattern because the instructions are so simple. I couldn't find out if I needed to leave a seam allowance on every part of the patterns because of the way it was worded so had to make a guess. Also I found my stitching didn't leave as smooth a join and my seams were a little bulky in places which although my problem the book doesn't have any tips about these particular things. For instance I found stitching the collar onto the dress really quite tricky and wasn't sure what to do with all that extra seam allowance which never gets tidied away. You could dismiss this as my skill being the problem or the book not covering all the aspects depending on your point of view.

Also Tone recommends using stiff fabric or using interfacing to stiffen lighter fabrics but I found this very difficult to work with for the clothes (I was handsewing) and they don't seem to sit well on the doll.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTABULOUS! 14 Aug 2008
I bought this book expecting the same old same old.. and was taken by suprise the moment I opened it. From the first page, the book had me hooked, and it just got better and better all the way through. Then to top it off, not just one cherry but dozens - were the patterns in the back of the book. There are patterns for everything you see in the book, all securely kept in the book, and all you do is trace them out. They are incredibly simple and easy to follow. This really is a treat of a book and I can highly recommend it for those who like doll type art, in a more Scandinavian folk type way.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Christmas book 27 Nov 2009
I wondered whether or not to get this book as I previously had another book by same author which had projects that were a bit too whimiscal and girlie for my taste. But I'm delighted I got it. The projects are cute and fairly practical as Xmas decorations. They're also fairly simple and fast. I've already done some cute penguins and can't wait to get started on the reindeer. At a fiver, its definitely worth it!! There are also patterns for Xmas stockings which I will be making and personalising next year for my kids and nieces/nephews.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Christmas inspiration 14 Aug 2009
If you're anything like me you'll be looking to buy this book for inspiration as well as specific projects - and I truly feel it provides both. I always anticipate the odd pattern that doesn't appeal to me, but I was so pleased with the book - I have shown it to numerous fabric loving friends and family members.
There are a high number of figures/animals including Reindeers, Snowmen, penguins, Father Christmas' and the obligatory angels. It also has the added extras such as varying 'stockings', hearts, gift bags, hangings, applique projects and a tea cosy!
It's a gorgeous book that I can't put down at the moment - trying to convince myself that I WILL be prepared for Christmas 2009. (I'm not taking any bets)
If you enjoy creating little festive items as gifts and/or to spread cheer around the house for guests then this is for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNCOMMON DESIGNS, NICE BOOK 28 Sep 2009
I bought this book from Amazon after buying the Springtime version from my local craft shop. It's a good priced book for a start, not particularly thick to look at, but it certainly has a lot of designs & different variations on certain designs. You could quite easily adapt the patterns to suit yourself & change them slightly should you wish. For example, if you wanted to make one for a child, you could replace the cocktail stick nose with a fabric one etc. It's just common sense really!

The main thing I liked is that the designs are different from most christmas craft books that I have seen before. They aren't your typical Santa or Snowman, they are rather quirky.

The main thing I dislike about it, are that the fabrics required are pricey. So unless you are willing to spend alot on those fabrics you may not get the same finish. Then again, that's one of the things I enjoy about making things, seeing how they turn out using different fabrics to what's suggested.

All in all, this is a great book & I highly recommend it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and easy
My friend had this book and as soon as I saw what she had made had to get it. Easy to understand instructions and professional results.
Published 1 day ago by S. P. Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
Love all theses books but you do need some experience. I was a beginner and did struggle but stuck with it!
Published 15 days ago by Treanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Some really fun projects
There are some lovely Christmas projects in this book that are unique. some are really fiddly to make but are worth persevering with as they make beautiful gifts and some good... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Mrs. Gail Brewster
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
I received this book as a Xmas present along with another Tilda book. These are my first introduction to this style and these characters. I love them !!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by weldorgolf100
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow instructions and really different
the book and all its contents were simple to follow but left a really proffesional product.a must for amateurs or proffessionals
Published 2 months ago by diddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Bought this as a present and then bought another for myself. It says it all really! i have got lots of these books and very little time so this is more as an inspiration to get... Read more
Published 3 months ago by tinkerbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
I didn't get this book soon enough for this year, but I will use a few of the ideas for next.
Published 3 months ago by Susan Daniels
3.0 out of 5 stars Plain but nice without the normal Tilda normal magic!
I am a very big fan of Tilda books, but am a bit disappointed with this book as the design team have taken one concept, ie a certain style of snow man and replicated the same... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nicola Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Crafting Christmas Gifts
A good book. I particularly liked the hints at the beginning of the book in order to make a successful stuffed figure. Good photographs and explanations. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs S Watkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas!
Loved the makes especially the penguins! Lots of practical ideas, good instructions and useful full size templates.
Can definitely recommend.
Published 4 months ago by Christine Morris
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