Christmas Magic: Decorative Ideas for Winter and Yuletide Patchwork

Christmas MagicChristmas Magic: Decorative Ideas for Winter and Yuletide Patchwork
By Ingrid Perra
Gifted by Schiffer Publishing
Reviewed by Jessica Nichols, Editor of

Ingrid Perra invites you to experience the enchantment of the season with her book of sewing and patchwork crafts to make for the holidays. Christmas Magic: Decorative Ideas for Winter and Yuletide Patchwork will delight quilters, crafters, and sewists alike. Perra's collection of ideas includes 25 fabric crafts you can make to decorate your home during the Christmas season. With motifs like snowmen, Santa Claus, evergreens, and more, you won't run out of inspiration for your holiday crafting!

Perra begins Christmas Magic with a course on Basic Patchwork & Quilting, including tutorials for all the fundamental quilting and applique techniques needed to complete the projects in the book. Colored drawings illustrate the step-by-step instructions for these basic skills, so even crafters who have never attempted patchwork can tackle the projects in this collection.

Once readers have mastered the basics, they can move on to one of the 25 holiday projects included in Christmas Magic. The projects are divided into sections corresponding to the style or motifs that inspired each pattern. For example, the Jingle Bells section includes coordinating sets of window curtains and a table runner in the same gold and cream fabrics with prairie point and jingle bell trimming. The way the projects are categorized allows you to make matching sets of decorations for your home. The colors and fabrics in each section are coordinated so your decorations will always look great together! Choose the fabrics and designs that match with your existing decor.

Crafters can find a large variety of creative decorations in Christmas Magic, from ornaments to placemats and more. Some of our favorite projects include the clever In the Fir Forest basket, which uses sewn evergreens as the sides for a fruit basket. We also love the unusual Advent House project. This three-dimensional fabric house has windows with tiny fabric shades corresponding to all the days of Advent. Each window reveals a unique button that corresponds to a fabric pouch  inside the house. Children will have a ball matching the buttons in the windows to a pouch of treats inside the house!

For more cute and creative ideas like the Advent House, dive into Christmas Magic. Perra's crafty ideas will keep you occupied for many holidays to come!

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