Happy holidays. It feels like the North Pole here in Asheville; it’s bitter cold, the wind is howling, and it’s been snowing all day. But the lights on my tree are cheery and bright, and I’m feeling festive. We have a fa-la-la-la fabulous felt giveaway starting tomorrow—you really don’t want to miss it!—so do check back. In the meantime I’ve got a cheeky little project to share today. Can you guess what it is?

My grandmother, Polly, and her sister, Ella, were crafty as can be (in both senses of the word) and every year made holiday items for their church bazaars. I have a stash of vintage Christmas things that they made, including some of these cute little crocheted ornaments and this very cool little door handle Santa. But I want to share these great…toilet seat covers that my grandmother made. Aren’t they fab? Some of my earliest Christmas memories involve these fun little decorations, because Grammy Polly covered every toilet in the house with one. (I seem to recall that my favorite had Santa covering his eyes, but that one didn’t survive the years.) I love looking at these, even though they’re a little tattered, and I can almost hear the ladies in the auxiliary as they gossiped and laughed while they cut felt and stitched on sequins.

You can see how simple these would be to make from your felt stash. (Click on the photo to enlarge it if you’d like.) Cut the main piece to the size of your toilet seat, adding a little extra to make a channel. Cut out the pieces for your design and stitch or fuse into place. Add some bling. Turn under the edges, stitch to make the channel, and thread it with string or ribbon. Ho ho ho!

Do you have any vintage family decorations or a handmade Christmas memory? I’d love to hear about them. Thanks, and may your days be merry and bright.


8 Responses

    Meadowlark says:

    We have a clothespin fashioned into rudolph with pipe cleaner antlers, googly eyes and a mini-pompom nose. Honestly, it’s so ugly it’s cute and we can’t bear to part with it.

    I should even get started on the star. :) Going to do a ridiculous tutorial on THAT thing!!!!

    Happy Holidays

    Valerie says:

    Isn’t it funny that you can’t let go of some of those wacky things? I had some great macaroni angels that one of my kids made, too, until the mice had their way with them! Thanks for sharing.

    Those. Are. Hilarious! I kind of really want some in ’60s-inspired x-mas colors for my house :)

    Valerie says:

    Go for it, you crafty gal you!

    Poppy says:

    Gee, I can’t understand why toilet seat covers are no longer in vogue. Those are very cute. My favorite handmade decoration is a latch hooked Santa that my dad made in the ’70s. He would coordinate quite well with your grandma’s creations.

    Valerie says:

    I recall really loving them as a kid! Sounds like your Santa would indeed be a great companion to the covers.

    Sweet web site, super design and style, very clean and utilize friendly.

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