Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Shabby Chic Ornament Tutorial

This year I have felt very behind for Christmas.  For instance, it is now the 20th and I have not purchased a single Christmas present yet.  I guess that is one New Year’s Resolution that I dropped the ball on since I wanted to have all of my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving. . . Oops.  Next year, right!?!  Oh well, instead of shopping, I’ve been sewing.

Our main Christmas tree every year is what I like to call the fun one.  It is the one with the colorful lights, colorful ribbon, and ALL the different ornaments that I have collected throughout my life.  My mom has and still gets me a new Christmas ornament every year, and I started the same tradition with my husband when we started dating almost 11 years ago.  Some years the ornaments represent a specific memory or event in our lives, and sometimes they are just fun.  This tree ends up being very eclectic, but it is always the favorite.

I have seen a lot of shabby chic fabric ornaments around, and this year I decided to make some for myself.  Yes, I made quite a few, so it will be difficult to decide which one is going to be the special ornament for this year.
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Let’s get started!  You will need:

  • Scrap Fabric of your choice (I had some small remnants of Christmas fabric that I used)
  • Paper print outs of the shapes you would like to make – I used Power Point and created the tree and star by using the insert shape function.  The gingerbread man and heart I had cookie cutters that I traced, but I’m sure you can find just a silhouette online. Please let me know if you are having trouble finding the shapes and I can upload them to the post.  My ornaments all measure about 4″-5″.
  • Polyester fill
  • Sewing supplies (sewing machine, pins, scissors, thread, etc)
  • Ribbon or Jute Twine
  • Embellishments – buttons, ribbon, lace, etc
  • Hot glue gun

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First, trace and cut out your paper shapes.  I cut them out on plain printer paper for time sake, but tissue paper is more pliable with the fabric when cutting out. Then pin your paper shapes to the fabric and cut out.  You will want two pieces for each ornament.  I folded the fabric over, and cut the two pieces out at one time.

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I left rough edges on my ornaments, so I placed the ornaments with the ugly sides facing in and the pretty sides facing out.
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Next, sew around the edge of your ornament leaving a small opening not sewn so that you can add the stuffing.  On the heart I left the opening on one of the straight sides, the gingerbread between his legs, the tree along one of the straight sides, and the star between two of the points of the star.  At the top of each ornament I added a loop of jute twine between the pieces of fabric as I was sewing for hanging on the tree.  You could also pin this in before you start sewing if it is easier.  I found on the tree shaped ornaments that sewing the loop to the back of one of the pieces of fabric before sewing it together was much easier than trying to get it even at the top of the tree.

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Next, stuff a small amount of polyester fill (or scrap fabric) in your opening.  I used a pen to get the fill into the smaller areas of the ornaments like the gingerbread man’s hands and feet.  You don’t need very much because if you overfill the ornaments the seams start to pucker.

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After you add the fill, sew the opening closed.
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Last, add embellishments to your ornaments like ribbon, buttons, twine, lace, etc.  I used my hot glue gun to add the embellishments.  Be creative, and have fun!

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This is one of my favorites and is definitely at the top of my list for being the special ornament for this year!  I would love to hear some of your traditions, and of course see pics of your finished ornaments.

I would also love if you would pin and share this with your friends!

Thanks so much.


Christmas Mantle Reveal

2014 Christmas Mantle RevealHello ~ I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Here is my completed Christmas Mantle.  I just made this HOME sign a few weeks ago, so I wanted to incorporate it into the Christmas mantle.  However, a Noel, Joy, or some other holiday themed sign would be cute as well.  Check out the photos below with links to some of the tutorials for completing this look.  Enjoy!

Christmas Mantle DecorationsCreate these adorable Shabby Chic stockings!  Stocking Tutorial!

Rustic Chic Decorations

Glitter Christmas OrnamentsI purchased these ornaments at the dollar store, but check out my tutorial for extending their life and decreasing the glitter mess.  Glitter Ornaments Tutorial!

Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Popcorn Tin MakeoverHave some of those old Christmas popcorn tins?  Turn them into adorable lined baskets.  Popcorn Tin Tutorial!

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

Shabby Chic Christmas Decorations

Rustic Chic Christmas

Rustic Chic Christmas

2014 Christmas Mantle RevealI hope you are enjoying your decorating!

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Glitter Christmas Ornaments without the Mess

Complete 4 altI found these adorable Christmas ornaments at the dollar store, and I am incorporating them into my mantle display this year.  The glitter brought a little glam to my rustic chic mantle, however there is one problem with glitter decorations. . . the mess.  It never fails that you are constantly cleaning up glitter that has fallen off the ornaments throughout the season, plus after a year or two enough glitter has fallen off that the ornaments no longer look cute and glitzy but just plain shabby.  I had an idea to keep the mess down as well as extend the life of these adorable ornaments.

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  • Glitter ornaments (or really any glitter covered decorations)
  • Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Durable Gloss Finish Decoupage (be sure you get gloss finish or your glitter will no longer be shiny)
  • Foam brush

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Complete 4 altPresto!  You’re Done!  Now you are free to decorate with these adorable ornaments without worrying about the mess!  This also significantly increased the life of my ornaments as they were already losing enough glitter before I did this that they would have looked ugly before any time at all.

Complete 5In years past I have used glitter ornaments like these as present toppers as well.  Again, my complaint with them was the constant glitter mess, but now I think I will incorporate a few of these on top of gifts too.

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Shabby Chic Ruffled Stockings

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As I was planning my mantle for this Christmas season, I knew I wanted to create some rustic shabby chic stockings to go with the other decorations I was planning.  So I started rummaging through my fabric and came up with a design for these.


The body of the stocking is made from a canvas paint cloth, and the ruffles are scrap fabric that I had leftover from other projects.


Complete 1You will need:

  • Canvas paint cloth or burlap (or any other fabric that you would like to use) – The stocking measures 19″ X 11″ and you will need to cut it out twice for one stocking.
  • Fabric of your choice for the ruffle – I started with a strip of fabric about 4-5″ in height and about 58″ in length.
  • String, ribbon, or fabric for the hanging loop
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins

Complete 2You can print out the pattern I created (StockingPattern), or if you have a stocking that you like the size and shape of you can trace that.  Sorry for the very rough pattern, this is my original hand drawn pattern.  I will work on getting it updated, but I wanted to give you something today.

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Double the fabric and pin your pattern or trace your stocking and cut out the fabric so you have two pieces of the same stocking shape.

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Hem the top of each piece of your stocking.  I prefer to do this before I sew the two pieces of the stocking together, but you could do it after the next step as well.  Be sure if you hem them before you sew them together that your hems go the opposite direction.  I found it was easiest to lay them together and have the hems coming out towards me on each side.

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Pin and sew your two sides of your stocking together with the right/pretty sides facing in and wrong sides facing out.  If you hemmed before this step you want your hems facing out.  If you waited to hem after this step, then you can hem the top now.

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Flip your stocking right side out.  I find it easiest to run my finger or a closed pen along the seam to get it pushed out.

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Now cut out your ruffle fabric to be about 4-5″ in height and about 58″ in length.  I just cut as straight as possible down the side of my fabric.  If you fabric isn’t quite long enough you can cut out two pieces and sew them together.

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Hem each side of your ruffle fabric (all four sides).  I left the ends of my ruffle fabric rough on one of my stockings, but I felt like the ones that I hemmed looked better.  I did not sew the two ends of the ruffle fabric together to make a circle because I wanted to have some flexibility with the length if it was a little long.

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Next is ruffling.  There are several ways to ruffle fabric.  You can use a ruffler foot on your sewing machine, you can set your sewing machine on a long step length and then pull the thread on each end of your fabric to ruffle, you can hand ruffle with a needle and thread, or you can hand ruffle with your sewing machine.  I like the last option the best.  As I sew I bunch/fold the fabric just before it goes under my sewing machine foot.  This worked perfect for this project because I wanted to have some fabric ruffled above the top of my stocking and I wanted to have a ruffle skirt below the top of my stocking.  I decided how much I wanted to have on each side (about an inch on top and the rest on the bottom) and then placed the fabric at that point as it went under my sewing machine foot.  Then I just used my hands to bunch from both sides just as it was going under the foot.  It is a little slow going, but this is my preferred way of ruffling.

Before I did these stockings, I measured the length around the top of my stockings which was 18″.  I laid out my sewing tape to 18″ so I had a visual of how long I needed it to be and I adjusted my ruffle as I went (ruffle more if it was looking too long, ruffle less if it was looking too short).  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but too long is way better than too short. If it comes out a little long you can overlap the ruffle or ruffle a little more as you are attaching it to the stocking.  In fact, I felt it looked better to have 1/2″ to 1″ of overlap.  I have been ruffling like this for years, so I am not saying this is the easiest way, but it is the easiest way for me.  No changing of the sewing machine foot, no cursing when your thread breaks if you are trying to pull the ruffle, and no stabbing myself  with a needle when I hand sew (one of the many reasons I don’t like to hand sew).

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This is what you will end up with once ruffled.

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Then pin your ruffle to the top of your stocking and carefully sew along your already sewn ruffle line.  As I was pinning I lined my sewn ruffle line up just below my hemline on the top of the stocking.

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Last, sew your ribbon, twine, or fabric to the top edge of your stocking at the desired length you would like it.  Be careful because with all that ruffle it is easy to get it folded over when sewing this piece on.

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Another option with these stockings would be to paint/write names or holiday words on them to further personalize them.  I decided to leave them simple, but there are always options to spruce them up some more in the future.

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I love how these stockings turned out, and I can’t wait to see all your stocking creations!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Turn Old Popcorn Tins into Stylish Lined Baskets

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I have problems with getting rid of things that seem to still have a useful life, especially containers or boxes that could be used for organizing or storage.  For years I have had a couple Christmas popcorn tins that I have used for storing my knitting supplies in. The problem with these are except for the one month of the year when they go along with the rest of the holiday decorations, they have to be hidden behind things or in closets.  I wanted to give these a face-lift so that I could use them year round and in plain sight.

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I wanted to give them the feel of a basket, and I love baskets with fabric lining so this was my inspiration for this project.  I think they turned out adorable, and will definitely be a cute addition to my home decor.

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I have already seen a ton of these Christmas popcorn tins in stores recently with yummy popcorn flavors, but I also always see them at thrift stores.

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Here are the two I decided to give a makeover.

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Things you will need:

  • Christmas tin(s)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Rope – My large basket used 2 – 50′ rolls of rope and my small basket used just under 1 – 50′ roll
  • Fabric of choice – I had scrap fabric, but 1 yard would be plenty for the larger size
  • Sewing Machine
  • Twine or ribbon of your choice for the drawstring
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Safety Pin

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First, with your glue gun, glue the rope to the tin in a circular pattern.  I found after I did the first one that it is better to start at the bottom since that will be showing, and if there is a little bit of a gap at the top it will be covered by the fabric liner.

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Continue around until your tins are completely covered.  If you run out of one roll of rope in the middle just glue the end and start the next end right next to it.  It was easy to create a pretty seamless connection, and I couldn’t tell after I did it.

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Once the rope portion is complete, you will begin the fabric liner.

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You will need to get your measurements of your tins for cutting out your fabric.  I first measured the circumference of my tins and added 1″ to this measurement for hemming the sides.  My circumference measurement for the smaller basket (since this is the one I will show below for sewing) was 24″, so I cut my fabric 25″ wide.

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Next, I measured the height of each of my tins and added 2.5″ for the drawstring and overlap on the top.  My measurement for the smaller basket was 9″, so I cut my fabric to 11.5″.

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Above is a breakdown of the fabric measurements.  Since the round part will be hidden in the bottom of the tin and does not need to be perfect, I just set my tins on the fabric and traced a circle for the bottom.  It turned out pretty uneven with the rope, but I just corrected as I cut to make it a more perfect circle.

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Next, iron and sew a 1/4″ hem on the short sides of the rectangle (side) lining fabric.  These are the two sides that are the height of your tin plus 2.5″.

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After you hem the two sides, then you will want to iron and sew a 1/2″ overlap for the drawstring at the top of your basket.

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Fold your side lining piece in half with the two hemmed edges meeting each other and the pretty side of your fabric facing in.  Sew up the side of the hemmed pieces to create a cylinder piece of fabric.  NOTE: BE SURE TO ONLY SEW TO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR DRAWSTRING OVERLAP AT THE TOP OF YOUR SIDE LINING.  IF YOU SEW COMPLETELY TO THE TOP YOU WILL CLOSE THE GAPS FOR STRINGING THE DRAWSTRING.

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Next, pin and sew the bottom circle to the bottom of the side lining piece.  Remember leave the pretty sides on the inside all facing each other.  I highly dislike sewing circles!  However, this was a great project for me in that it does not need to be perfect because this portion is going to be in the bottom of the tin.  Also, you are leaving it inside out so no worries about bulkiness or kinks when flipping it inside out.  I have some bad history with sewing bucket hats!

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This is what you end up with for your inside lining.

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After the lining is sewn, attach a safety pin to the end of your drawstring material.  I am in a twine faze so I used twine, but ribbon or fabric would be great as well.  I had to tie a knot in my twine for the safety pin to hold to.  Then slowly work your drawstring with the safety pin first through the top overlap of your lining.

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Last, put your lining in your basket and tie your drawstring in a cute bow or knot.  And your upcycled popcorn tin is now an adorable basket.

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I can’t wait to use these around my house for handy yet stylish storage containers.  I am planning on using the large one in my Christmas mantle display which will be showcased next week.

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I would also love if you would pin and share with all your friends.

Thanks so much!