Saturday, December 11, 2010

How To Make A Fleece Ornament

Got some fabric scraps laying around? Want to make a rustic looking ornament for your tree, or as a quick handmade gift?

I'm going to tell you how. I'd show you, but I just kind of whipped this up and forgot to take step by step photos. :/

Difficulty rating: Not super easy, but pretty darn close.

Supplies: Fabric (I'm using some leftover polar fleece, but pretty much anything that won't unravel too much would work great.), scissors, pinking shears, thread & needle (or sewing machine)

Step 1:
Cut out your shape. I chose my favorite shape, a star. A cookie cutter can be a good pattern for tracing a shape. Make sure you cut two - they can be the same fabric, or different - that's up to you!. Also cut out about a 3-4 inch strip of fabric (or ribbon) for a hanger.

Step 2:
Pre-assemble. Pin the critical bits of your ornament together. For me, it was the star points so they'd be sure to line up. Include your hanger strip in the pinning! This is the time to decide where it goes! Sandwich the hanger ends INSIDE the two layers.

Step 3:
Sew it up! I did mine with the machine, but you can also do it by hand if you're so inclined. I used contrasting thread for a more "rustic" look. If you want to stuff your ornament to make it puffier, leave a small hole in the seam to insert stuffing. If you're not stuffing, go ahead and sew all the way around - no open spots!

Step 4:
Apply the finishing touches. This means cutting, knotting and weaving in any thread ends, and pinking the outside edges.

This is just an outline - think of the ways you can customize! You can embroider on your ornament, use sequins or glitter. You can stuff it and make it puffy! There's tons of possibilities. Use your imagination!

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