I have so much fun thinking up Christmas projects I'd like to do: decor projects, fabric designs, advent calendars, handmade gifts and goodies. These are the times Pinterest just makes me feel inadequate. My list is far longer than I will EVER have time for, but occasionally I actually complete one of those projects and today I'm sharing one!
I've been wanting to design more cut-and-sew patterns for Spoonflower for awhile. These are designs where the whole project is printed on to fabric and you can just cut out the pieces and sew them together. Spoonflower has an incredible selection of these cut and sew designs: Christmas trees, advent calendars, dolls, toys, ornaments, tote bags, costumes, the list goes on (I've purchased a few myself). I decided to make some Christmas ornaments as a cut and sew project that would fit on one 8 inch swatch of fabric.
I have fond memories of ornaments like this from my parent's Christmas ornament collection. Back in the early years of their marriage, when I was just a baby, these sewn and stuffed ornaments were pretty popular. My Dad also painted a number of wooden ornaments so they could easily fill up our family Christmas tree. I've designed five different woodland animals that can be sewn into Christmas ornaments.
If you'd like to make your own you simply choose the design(s) you want in my Spoonflower shop and order it as an 8x8" test swatch. Here are the links: Woodland Christmas Deer, Raccoon, Fox, Owl, Rabbit. This will work on a number of fabrics - I chose the new eco-canvas but you could also do quilting cotton, linen-cotton canvas, cotton twill, or faux suede. No matter what fabric you choose, a test swatch is always $5. The directions are pretty simple and are included on the swatch. You basically just sew the front and back pieces together with right sides facing, insert a ribbon loop for hanging between the two pieces, and leave a couple inches for turning. You can also add a layer of batting (like I did) or use some fiberfill to stuff the ornament. Then you hand-sew the opening closed, press if needed, and you're done! It's a fairly simple process. But if I'd done a good job taking photos as I sewed these together you could be witness to the time when I sewed the ribbon loop inside out, or the other time when I put the ribbon loop on the outside instead of between the two pieces. These are the silly mistakes I almost always make when sewing. You'll probably also want some kind of tool to help you turn the ornament right side out to get all those "soft corners" turned well. You'll also notice that, since making my samples, I've made an alteration to the deer ornament and made the bottom edge solid instead of going around each leg - you'll thank me for that.
I hope you really enjoy these ornaments - I had a great time designing and making them. Now back to my list!
** By the way, if you'd like to check out other Christmas projects I've done, you can see this blog post that includes some free printable gift tags using the designs I created to make some custom ornaments for my kids and nieces and nephews last year. There's also an "Owl I Want for Christmas" christmas list printable on the Freebies page. Help yourself & happy holidays! **
**** You can't tell, but that first picture up top was taken outside this morning when it was about 10 degrees and I looked like an idiot, freezing my fingers off, taking pictures by the tree in my front yard. You're welcome. ****