25 November 2015

Cutlery Pockets Tutorial {Handmade Christmas}

Welcome to the next instalment of my my Handmade Christmas series.

Festive Cutlery Pockets! Super cute and easy to make.

 Project 2 - Cutlery Pockets


What you need:

A. (2) 4 1/2” x 10 1/2” print fabrics (background)

B. (1) 4 1/2” x 12” print fabric

C. (1) 4 1/2” x 10 1/2” fusible fleece (eg pellon) or thin batting and basting spray will work too

D. (1) 4 1/2” x 6” fusible fleece (eg pellon) (above)

5” ric rac (or ribbon)

General sewing supplies



Fold the B piece in half and press the fold with a hot iron. Open it back out, place the fusible pellon on one (of these newly created halves) and fuse into place.

Fold the B piece back in half, align the ric rac on the top section (approximately 1” below the pressed fold and pin in place. Sew the ric rac through all the layers.

Fuse the remaining piece of pellon to the back of one of the background rectangles.






On a flat surface, place the A. rectangle (with the pellon) face up, the pocket section with the lower raw edges aligned and the the remaining A. background rectangle on top with the right side facing down.

Sew all the way around leaving a 4” gap for turning.

Clip the corners and turn out the cutlery pocket.

Use a chop stick or knitting needle to push out the the corners so they’re nice and sharp.

Fold the raw opening edges in and press the cutlery pocket.

Sew a 1/8” top stitch all the way around the cuterly pocket




Now go forth and make lots and lots for all of your dinner guests.

BTW: These can be used for any time of year, so why not make some with seasonal fabrics for your next casual BBQ lunch.

Christmas Cutlery Pocket

24 November 2015

Donut Decorations: Tutorial + Pattern {Handmade Christmas}

Gather some felt, beads and matching cotton thread to create these 100% fat-free donut decorations.

Donut Decorations by Anorina Morris (

Download and print the full pattern by clicking through the link, which I’ve shared at the end of this post.

Honestly, just like the real thing, you can’t stop at just one. After making the first one one, I couldn’t stop and made more and more… and will probably make a few more… to gift, or to keep… either, or!

23 November 2015

Festive Pot Holders {Tutorial : Handmade Christmas}

I’m sharing a fun little tutorial today, on how to make these festive little pot holders. They’re perfect to use in your kitchen, or to make and gift to friends and family this coming Christmas.

Anorina Pattern - Christmas Oven Mits

To make these pot holders, you will need to gather some of your favourite festive print fabrics. I used the Xmas Basics range which is a fun contemporary range, available at Spotlight Stores.

Save and print the full pattern by following the link which I have included at the end of this post.

Please read the full pattern before commencing. All seams are 1/4" unless stated. Fabric is 100% cotton.

What you will need (per pot holder)

(2) 25cm (10") squares of festive print fabric (Pictured: Xmas Basics available at Spotlight Stores)
(2) 25cm (10") squares of cotton batting **
70cm (28") 25mm red/white gingham bias binding
15cm (6") print cotton ribbon
8" circle template *
Marking pencil or Frixion pen
Basting spray or basting pins
Scissors, sewing machine, cutting mat, rotary cutter
General sewing supplies

* A side plate or bowl are perfect to use as a circle template
** I used 2 layers of batting for these pot holders. Insul-bright can be used for added heat protection.