With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to think how to decorate your humble abodes. Family or friend gatherings are a great time to share your anime figurine collection, especially if they’re festive themed. If you don’t have a special Christmas figurine, never fear.
With the help of my three Madoka Magica girls, let me show you three easy craft DIYs you can do to amp up the Christmas cheer in your household.
What You’ll Need
- Felt Squares – Green, Red, Yellow, & White
- Thread – Green, Red, Yellow, & White
- Thin ribbon – I used red
- White trim
- Sewing Needle
- Pinking shears (optional)
- Patience (necessary)
Cut about ¼ down the red felt and wrap the section you’ve cut off around your figure’s’ head to get an idea of the circumference. Mark where the edge of the felt meets the rest of the felt, and cut. You can adjust what will be the ‘height’ of the hat, but don’t cut it too short as we’ll need to fold it later. The bit you’re left with should be a square-ish shape; fold it diagonally so it becomes a triangle and cut along the centerfold. Choose one triangle and change the cut edge into a curve one (it’s not an exact science so go with your gut).
With that done, grab the pinking shears or use your regular scissors to cut a section of white felt. Attach the white felt along the cut curved edge with pins, then using your white thread, sew along it. Flip your felt piece around, and fold it into a triangle, the white should be on the inside of the triangle. Sew along the side opposite to the fold. Flip the hat inside out and use your fingers to create a bend; a couple of stitches with a red thread should keep the bend in place. You can also use some white felt around the end of the hat.
With the hat done, let’s move onto the cape. Measure how wide and long you want the cape to be in relation to your figure. On one side, sew two pieces of ribbon, one either end. Flip the fabric over, and on the other face of the red fabric, sew the white trim on either side.
Santa’s Little Helper
The Santa’s Little Helper outfit has roughly the same process as the Santa outfit. Set up your red hat fabric the same way as outlined above, but don’t use any white felt. Once you’ve got your triangle, cut some strips of green fabric and sew them across the length of the red triangle. Fold the triangle in half, so that the green felt is on the inside, sew along the edge, turn inside out and voila! I didn’t want to fold the hat as much as the Santa one as I felt elves usually had longer hats, but that was a personal choice.
Again, set up your red rectangle for the cape and the ribbon underneath. After that is done, cut out two strips of green fabric. I use pinking shears to create the jagged edges, but I’m sure you can replicate it by using normal scissors. I measured the green felt pieces so that they would be slightly longer than the red rectangle. Once you’ve pinned the two green felt pieces to the red, grab your yellow felt. Cut out a star shape and pin it on top of the green. Then get sewing!
Perfect for that figure that may need A LOT of covering up to make it to a family gathering!
Mark your figure’s outline on the yellow felt, and fold the felt. Draw a star over the outline (I wanted the star to be focused on the head so I drew mine around that area) and cut. Again, make sure the fabric is folded so the two pieces of the star will be equal. Pin and sew around the star, but leave a gap, maybe one point, so that you can fit your figure in. I then placed the star over my figure. I used some chalk to mark where Mami’s face was so I knew where to cut out a hole. I also noticed one of her arms was sticking up, so I made a hole so it could fit through. It’s best to work out the holes after you’ve sewn the star, I did it before I sewed and had some issues after flipping it inside out!
Once the star was done, I set up a green felt, just like I did for the red felt in the other two DIYs. Because of the way Mami’s hands were posed and her waist size, I made the top of the green felt curved so it didn’t jut out too much. I then got some red fabric and cut strips of red triangle and sewed them on.
And Here They Are
I hope you enjoy trying out these easy DIY Christmas figure outfits. I found the materials I used were generally inexpensive, the most pricy item would be the pinking shears but they’re definitely optional. Doing some DIY, is a great way to spend the weekend before Christmas. So go put on a tv show, grab some tea and start sewing!
Make sure to share your creations on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, – just tag MANGA.TOKYO so we can see what you’ve created!