My tree is up, adorned with lights and ornaments. After the Christmas table celebration, I often find myself more in the Christmas spirit than ever and itching to create something that captures that feeling with my hands. So this year I decided to make these beaded and sewn Christmas ornaments to give away as gifts for next year.
Beaded and Sewn Christmas Ornaments
I started out selecting fabrics and wool felt for my project. The fabric is from Fabric.com (see ad on sidebar) and the wool felt is from National Nonwovens.
To create my beaded and sewn Christmas ornaments, I started out by cutting two 3" squares for each ornament (front and back) and some simple motifs- a snowman, a stocking and a tree. I ironed a 1/4" seam allowance on all four sides of the fabric, which was cut into a 3" square.
I used three strands of black embroidery floss and a blanket stitch to sew the fabric to the wool felt.
Then I blanket stitched the stocking on, leaving the top open so that I could stuff it with goodies! I used a blanket stitch for this as well, but sewed 6/0 red pebble beads to the stocking before attaching it to the squares. Then I cut the borders of both felt squares with scalloped edged scissors and sewed beads to the borders.
I left the top open so I could stuff it with poly-fil fiber. I added a jute hanger with a little glue to the top.
Creating these fun sewn and beaded ornaments over the Christmas holidays will keep my hand busy while we watch "A Christmas Story" for 24 hours! I will be happy thinking that I am getting a good start for Christmas 2014.
Live Life Creatively,