2 different colors of felt
Sewing machine (optional)
Embroidery (or sewing) needle
Embroidery (or sewing) thread
Step One: Cut out 50 strips of felt with your fabric scissors--25 strips of each color.
Step Two: Match up each strip of one color felt with a strip of the opposite color. Sew each pair all the way around the edges.
Step Three: Cut one slit in one end of each of your soon-to-be links, snipping through both strips of fabric. If you have buttons of varying sizes, make sure the slits are correspondingly various!
Step Four: Use your needle and thread and your crackerjack knot-tying skills to sew your buttons on the opposite ends of your strips.
Step Five: Button up your links to finally make a chain!
Have fun taking the links down one by one every morning until there's just one left--and it's Christmas!
- Sloppiness actually works out to be quite kitschy and cute. Plus, if you sew your fabric strips together a little too crookedly, you can always snip off the excess edges.
- Originally, I intended to use a bunch of retro Christmassy fabric with the felt, but lacking that and the funds to not lack it anymore, I settled for the wacky vintage buttons we had laying around. I think it came out a lot better than my original plan--so what I'm trying to say is be creative, even if you're missing ingredients!
- I know I said the sewing machine is optional, and it is, but I mean, wow, without a sewing machine, I think I'd still be working on this next Christmas.
I wonder what would have happened if Silkworm had helped me make this--how it would have been enchanted with his powers, I mean. The things we'll never know!