Fa La La La Contributor Interview ~ Cathy

on July 25 | in Products | by | with 59 Comments

Every day this week we’ll share an interview with one of the contributing designers in Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations. Cathy from handmade…cathygaubert has a wide variety of projects in the book, including the Sweet Trio Project we’ll share as a free download in the next post. Enjoy!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What project(s) do you have in the book?
Cathy: I have 5 (I know! I still can’t believe it myself… And my design made the cover! Oh, my!) designs in the book: Winter Critter Portraits, Christmas Pines, Gingerman + Sugar Friend, Let It Snow Stocking, and Holiday Toadstools (which Lark Books shares as a free PDF).

SMS: What do you like about working with felt? Do you work with felt a lot?
Cathy: I love working with felt because it is so quick + easy… Just snip, snip, snip and stitch, stitch, stitch. I love that it can be cut into so many teeny, and sometimes intricate pieces; of course, I have a boxful of itty bitty snippets that i just can’t bear to sweep into the trash. 100% wool felt is my favorite (although I have happily used the rayon blend when i have found it in stores around town) as it feels so nice in my hands, and i know that it has the quality to be lasting. I often use felted sweaters (i have a wardrobe stacked full of them!) and combine those with repurposed stripe-y knits and linen.

Cathy’s Holiday Toadstools project.

SMS: Do you have a favorite, go-to holiday decoration?
Cathy: My go-to decoration is red + white yarn pompom garlands– tons of them! I would love to say that those are handmade, but I don’t think that Martha Stewart crafted those all by herself!

SMS: Do you have a favorite family holiday tradition?
Cathy: Hmmm, family holiday tradition… Does sewing/putting the finishing touches on/crafting/wrapping the gift as you walk out of the door count? I think that may be a tradition for many of us (although it is one that I am bound and determined to get rid of)! On a happier note, we always spend Christmas Eve with my parents and the extended family of aunt, uncles, and cousins (and now, those cousins’ children… Next week, the count stands at 11!), so it’s a houseful of happy holiday chaos. I think that I may love Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day, actually! There was that one time when we convinced the newest guy on the block (my cousin Becky’s tall, then-fiance) that he had to dress in the (sort of small) vintage Santa suit…

SMS: How about a must-do holiday project or gift that you return to, year after year?
Cathy: Now that we have kiddos, the must-do gift/project is sometimes that they make with us, momma + poppa. Fingerprint reindeer cards, cotton ball snowmen, a photo of the “sleeping” girlies with a “quilt” (a simple piece of fabric) covering them as they dream of sugarplums have all been gifts/projects from previous years.

Comment on any Christmas in July post this week for your chance to win a copy of Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations or a great big bundle of beautiful felt!

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59 Responses to Fa La La La Contributor Interview ~ Cathy

  1. Fran says:

    Cute idea ! & lots of uses too.
    I like your Christmas traditions…
    sounds like fun !

  2. Deb DeChurch says:

    I’m definitely going to make some toadstools for Christmas gifts this year! You’ve inspired me!

  3. Christine says:

    These little toadstools are great! Last year I learned that the fly agaric mushroom became such a popular holiday motif because they represent good luck in Europe.

  4. Michele J. says:

    Adorable, I never thought to use toadstoles in Christmas decorating!

  5. Sigrid says:

    love the toadstools – and love felt… and the timing of this christmas inspiration week is perfect as I’m starting to work on Christmas presents and was looking to get inspired. thx

  6. Judi says:

    Super cute!

  7. Saskia says:

    ooh they are just adorable!

  8. Lisa says:

    These toadstools are adorable. Some really cute ideas this week.

  9. Kimberly says:

    Felt and Christmas, love it! This book looks so sweet.

  10. Sally says:

    These little guys are so cute!

  11. Jennifer says:

    This book is wonderful…I need a copy!

  12. Beth says:

    love the toadstools – very cute!

  13. Melanie says:

    I have to make some of those toadstools! So cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Kate says:

    Those little Christmas trees are to die for. And so kid friendly. I remember wanting to help decorate when I was a kid…we really could’ve used those.

  15. Sara says:

    Super duper sweet toadstools!

  16. Sara says:

    Super sweet toadstools!

  17. sy says:

    thanks for the interview. cotton ball snowmen sounds awesome.

  18. alisha says:

    I love the toadstools! How adorable!

  19. joan stroh says:

    so, so cute! can’t wait to see the book!

  20. Louise says:

    Those toadstools are so cute, I love the projects in this book :)

  21. Joy Mosley says:

    This looks like a really fun book! I would love to win!

  22. Nice to read about the different kinds of felt that can be used.

  23. Sujomi says:

    Super cute toadstools!

  24. Rachel says:

    I love Christmas in July – it’s exactly the time for sewing :)

  25. Katie says:

    red and white pompom garlands sound like the best Christmas decor ever!

  26. I love how tiny those toadstools are! It looks like an easy hand-made project to do while watching movies. Finally, I might have found a Christmas decoration my cats can’t destroy.

  27. kate says:

    I adore those little mushroom ornaments! So sweet!!

  28. Kathy says:

    They are adorable! I’ll have to look for that book!

  29. Rochelle says:

    I love the red and white pompom garlands too! What do you mean Martha didn’t make those herself?!

  30. dorothy says:

    Those toadstools are just too cute! I started my Christas crafting last month. This year I am making pajamas for everyone… I need this much of a head start to get them all done on time :-)

  31. Jenny says:

    So cute!! Thanks!

  32. Katrina says:

    Thanks for the cute pattern!

  33. Heidi says:

    wow, so sweet. I love working with felt…….

    XO Heidi

  34. Amber H says:

    The toadstools are so cute! I love the sweet little faces they’ve got.

  35. suesue says:

    Great interview-and the toadsies are too adorable too!

  36. Jessica says:

    I love the trees on the cover!

  37. Silvia says:

    They’re so cute!!! Love them!!

  38. Anita says:

    What a great idea, I need to finish up my current projects and get cracking on those unfinished Christmas projects from last year….

  39. April says:

    What a fun book!

  40. Sara says:

    Haven’t worked with felt yet, but this is promising;)

  41. Krystina says:

    I can’t wait to make fingerprint reindeer cards this year!

  42. Xandi Hamilton says:

    Very cute! I’ve never used felt before.

  43. Laura says:

    oh very cute! I’m gonna have to make those for xmas!

  44. Joanna says:

    The book cover is adorable, and I can see how those trees could be tucked into small spaces around the house to add holiday feeling. Sounds like a good book.

  45. Lauree Myler says:

    these are sooo adorable. thanks for sharing.

  46. Katie B. says:

    Very cute!!

  47. Tabitha says:

    The toadstools are so great and I love the trees on the cover too. I think I need some of those for my mantel:)

  48. Ramona says:

    I think I am in love with those trees. So retro and yet so modern all at once. I think I need some felt!

  49. Angela says:

    The toadstools are adorable! Love.

  50. jessieaucoin says:

    I LOVE the trees on the cover and cant wait to make themmyself!

  51. Jessica says:

    What an absolutely adorable idea! These would make the cutest tree ornaments!

  52. Penny Garrison says:

    Looks like a great book! I have lots of wool sweaters & felt, but have yet to make anything…this would get me started.

  53. sarah says:

    Those projects sound fun!

  54. Jill S says:

    Exciting! This is great!

  55. Jacqui says:

    I love working with felt too, Cathy really sums it up nicely. And I like her point about how having children brings new meaning to Christmas and the evolution of new family traditions. Or maybe it’s just an excuse to let our inner Christmas-loving children out :) It’s great no matter the reason!

  56. It’s all so cute – I love felt, and need to make some Christmas decorations. I can’t wait to see what’s ahead!

  57. Victoria says:

    Those toadstools look adorable, off to have a look at the download now.

  58. PeachRainbow says:

    Cute toad stools.

  59. Deb D says:

    Oooh these toadstools are so sweet!!! I think I will be adding the Fa la la la Felt book to my wishlist, he he.

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