Friday, December 12, 2008

Handmade Holidays...

So I managed to snap a few photos of my handmade ornaments this year before Grandma came by and claimed them today. I make a couple every year for her. I always love playing with felt and it takes on such a personality with whatever you create. There are a couple tutorials around the web for making these ornaments but I'll just write what I did as I didn't really follow any pattern.

Cookie Cutter Ornaments:

  • Any Cookie Cutter of your choice
  • Marker
  • Scissor
  • Different colored sheets of felt
  • Approx. 4ft of embroidery thread per ornament
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons and or Beads
  • Fiberfill
  • Sewing Tread and needle (for beads and buttons)
  1. Trace a cookie cutter onto some felt and cut two identical pieces.
  2. Sew on some buttons or beads and embroider tiny faces if desired.
  3. Pin the two pieces together and begin blanket stitching all the way around starting on the left side of the waist front side facing up.
  4. After stitching both legs and the right side near the the top, feed in an inch or two of festive ribbon doubled in a loop. Pass the embroidery needle and thread through all layers of felt and ribbon a few times to secure.
  5. Keep blanket stitching until there are a few inches left.
  6. Remove the pin and stuff some fiber fill into your gingerbread man or any other design and blanket stitch closed.
  7. Secure all ends and cut any loose threads.
  8. Step back and admire these cuties.

My kids love them so much. They've become a favorite with my family when I made them last year. You can make quite a few of them in an evening if you really sit down and get into a groove. I kept losing my needle only to find it in the couch again.. and again. If you have any questions I'll answer them in the comments.


Unknown said...

Those are super cute! And they sound pretty easy. Thanks for the pattern!!

Wendy Schreiber said...

Adorable! You come up with the cutest things- thanks!

Aunt Kathy said...

Oh they are great.

Ariel said...

Tooooo cute, thanks so much!!!

Jill L said...

Those are adorable!

The Craftaholic said...

these are so cute!! I have to make some now!

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