Here’s a quick holiday pattern for you: a 10″ tall nutcracker, perfect for a pillow, placemat, or purse. These fellows are simple enough to make in an evening with scraps from your holiday fabrics.
The paper piecing is done in horizontal bands .. the legs, the body, the shoulders, the head and the hat.
The $5 pattern includes a color chart and two pages of paper piecing elements . Download it for an evening of fun.
The nutcracker is 10″ tall and 5-1/2″ wide.
You’ll need two skin colors, two legging colors, and 2 or 3 coat colors… some hair, boots, and gold epaulettes.
Also, here’s a hint: When I’m making several similar nutcrackers, I take some short cuts in piecing:
For the legs and boots I make enough for several legs and seams — in effect strip-piecing the shoe-top, black boot and light grey leg (with a second set with the dark grey leg). That proved to be a time saver in an already fast pattern.