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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.