Right in time before the big Christmas rush, here is the third and last instalment of our Christmas tutorial series. So far I was posting one tutorial per week. But as you can guess it takes a long time to come up with a good tutorial. You have to factor in trials to finalise design, taking pictures, preparing tutorial and editing pictures. I am now in a situation where I have less time as various areas of my business are picking up. From now on I will post a full tutorial each month, and will keep posting tips and sharing any nice tutorial coming my way.
After the mini stocking and the burlap ornament, we will be making a gift shaped fabric ornament. Due to its size it is ideal to use up these fabric scraps that clutter your stash. And this is the true quick project: one ornament can be made in around half an hour (a bit less if you use your machine, a bit more if you stick to hand stitching as I did).
To make a fabric Christmas present ornament you will need basic sewing supplies (scissors, needle and pins), sewing machine (if you wish so) and:
- Scrap of red and white fabric,
- Scrap of light pink felt,
- Matching threads,
- Cotton twine.
1 – Cut two 5x5cm (2”x2”) squares of red and white fabric. Cut a 4x4cm (1 5/8”x1 5/8”) square of felt (you can cut more felt squares if you want to give a plumper look to you gift). Cut four 1x6cm (3/8” x 2 3/8”) felt strips.
Lay the felt square, then lay one red fabric piece on top, right side up. Lay two strips of pink felt in a cross shape on top of the fabric to achieve design shown on picture 1. Pin all layers together. Make a running stitches along long edges of both felt strips.
Repeat for second piece of fabric and two remaining felt strips.
2 – Pin red and white fabric pieces right sides in, making sure felt strips are aligned. Make a back stitch along three of the square edges using matching thread. Trim extra felt and clip sown corners, as shown on picture 2.1 .
Turn inside out, making sure the corner are in good shape. Close the opening using a ladder stitch (invisible stitch), as shown on picture 2.2.
3 – Cut out a 1x10cm (3/8”x4”) felt strip and shape it into a bow following these steps:
1) Fold one half of the strip so it forms a loop as shown on picture 3.1.
2) Fold the other half in the same way so there are now two loops as shown on picture 3.2.
3) Knot a piece of string where both loops joined as shown on picture 3.3.
4) Loop the thread several times around the joining part and secure with a double knot, as shown on picture 3.4.
4 – Cut any extra thread. Stitch the bow at the top of the gift ornament. Knot some cotton thread at the base of the bow. And voilà!
I am happy I am done with the Christmas tree ornaments. I have half of the gifts sorted. Still two biggies to fix as far as I am concerned: the Advent Calendar (more on this later this week) and the Christmas wreath. What about you? How is the Christmas run going so far?