Save the Children’s Christmas Wooly Wonderland Launches at Westfield


Friday 13th December 2013 sees the return of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day with a raft of celebrity support and lots of ways to get involved; from knitting workshops to live gigs and record breaking attempts – Save the Children has it sewn up

Christmas Jumper Day | 13 December 2013

“On Friday 13th December 2013 Save the Children is calling on people across the UK to help make the world better with a sweater and take part in the tradition of wearing a kitsch Christmas jumper in exchange for a £1 donation to raise money for its life saving work with children the world over. Support for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day has already started in earnest, with celebrities posing in their festive woollies.  Myleene KlassJulie Walters, Lorraine Kelly, Gok Wan, Rochelle Humes, Erin O’ConnorLauren Laverne, Alex Jones, Bruno Tonioli, Ashleigh & Pudsey, Arlene Philips, Nate James, Simon Rimmer, Jay Rayner, Daniel Roche, Kate Thornton, Jack Topping, Natasha Kaplinsky and Dom Joly have all dug out their finest Christmas knitwear, ready to wear in support of Save the Children’s Christmas campaign”

We attended an event at Westfield Shopping centre on Wednesday night, where we got to try out a bit of sewing ourselves in the Wooly Wonderland Jumper workshop. We was greeted with some light refreshments and a friendly face, after a little introduction we sat down at the table all ready to create our Christmas Jumper masterpiece. After picking a jumper, we then chose our preferred design to applique on to the sweater and the colour and design of the felt that we wanted to applique onto the sweater, we then we had to draw around the template onto the felt and cut it out. I took along the two eldest boys to join in with the jumper making but Joseph was just a bit too young to start sewing so i took over on his behalf. After being shown by the professional ladies of the Wooly Gang on how to thread a needle properly and what type of stitch to use, we got started.

We could choose from a penguin design, a star or a reindeer.

I was really impressed with Jak’s attempt at sewing, he did make a few mistakes where he sewed the jumper together a couple of times but this was probably his second time he had ever used a needle!



He done so well but didn’t manage to finish it in the hour that we was there so he brought it home to finish, I am sure he will be wearing it with pride on the 13th and every other day on the run up to Christmas Day. I believe he wants to finish it off with sequins on each point.

Joseph chose the penguin design



I had to first sew on the white heart bellies using a blanket stitch and then stitch on the sequin eye, I have yet to finish stitching it onto the jumper; but when i do i promise i will share it with you all.

We shown all the right techniques to use when stitching and tying up our thread when finished and enjoyed our evening thoroughly.

You can even have your photo taken wearing your finest festive finery in the photobooth there, Jospeh had fun with this



If you would like to take part in the workshop you can book a slot here

Activity Schedule at Westfield is:

  • John Lewis Jumper Customaisation – Fri 6 December 6-7pm, Wed 11 December 6-7pm, Fri 13 December 12-1 pm
  • Gruffalo Reading and activities – Running from Saturday 7 December to Wednesday 11 December
  • Elmer in the snow reading and activities – Friday 6 December 12-1 pm, Friday 12 December 12-1pm
  • Debbli Bliss Knitting –  Tuesday 9 December 7-7pm, Tuesday 10 December 12-1
  • Sue Stratford Knitting –  Tuesday 10 December 3-4pm

Dom Jolly and Mary Portas will be hosting the storytelling sessions alongside The Gruffalo and Elmer in the Snow to help the whole family get into the festive spirit there will be giveaways and fun activities.

Winter Wooly Land can be found on the first floor of Westfield Shopping Centre outside of the John Lewis store

Wear your jumper on Christmas Jumper Day on 13 December and donate £1 to Save the Children at .You can buy your Christmas jumper from John Lewis, official retail partner of Christmas Jumper Day. £25 from the sale of every jumper in the Save the Children range goes to the charity.


We was invited along to the event to share the news of the workshop