Today it is my turn to reveal my pattern for our Merry Christmas Sew-Along! As you probably already know, this month’s theme is Gnomes and Mushrooms! Now some of you might be wondering why Kristie and I would have chosen this as our theme. Let me explain: Gnomes are a very prevalent part of the Christmas traditions in many European countries. Having grown up in the Netherlands, I was always exposed to Mushrooms and Gnomes, and even to this day I have mushroom ornaments ( but I like the name Toadstool better!) in our Christmas tree every year. Also, Kristie and I share a LOVE for Toadstools and Gnomes and that was the VERY best reason for us to choose that as our very first theme 🙂
Alright, here is my version of the Toadstool and Gnome:Ready to get started? This is what you will need:
- The pattern.
- 2 pieces of tan or light ( but not white) colored fabric, and one piece of batting, approx. 5×6 inches big.
- Embroidery needle ( I use a #24 chenille needle)
- Embroidery floss in red, green, white, pink, and tan.
- Small embroidery hoop ( mine is about 4 inches across)
- A lightbox or a sunny window.
- Erasable marker or pencil ( I like to use this one)
- Piece of jewelry wire or another form of hanging your ornament.
- Print off the pattern and place it under one of your pieces of fabric ( with the fabric right side up) and place them on a lightbox or sunny window. Trace the pattern with your erasable marker.
- Layer your traced piece on top of your batting ONLY and place in your hoop. Don’t worry if the entire design doesn’t fit. You can easily move it around once you get stitching!
- Use a back stitch and stitch around the shapes, using the given colors ( or use your imagination and use your favorite color combos!) If you have never done embroidery before, you can go here to check out how to do a backstitch. I chose to use 3 strands of embroidery floss but if you find that is too thick, just use 2. When you are done it will look something like this. ( notice how I pieced my batting scraps to make a piece big enough to use!)
- Trim your embroidery to 4 1/4 inches. With your erasable pen, mark a line 1/4 from the edge and pin the top to your backing piece ( wrong side facing up).
- Using 2 strands of green floss, do a running stitch on your marked line. Make sure to bury your knot in between the front and back fabric!
- Make your running stitch all around, making sure to keep your fabric flat and DO NOT pull the stitches ( you don’t want puckering!). Make a neat knot in between the layers when you need to tie off your floss. If you would prefer, you could use your sewing machine’s decorative stitching feature to do this outside stitching too.
- This next step is optional, but I chose to trim my work with a special rotary cutting blade that are like pinking shears. They leave a cool-looking edge and will prevent my fabric from unraveling ( although there shouldn’t be much unraveling at all, we are not washing these after all!)
- Almost done! Now take a 10-15 inch length of jewelry wire and wrap it around a pencil like this:
Slide it off and curl the ends around in a spiral so there are no sharp pokey bits.
- You can now stretch your wire to your desire length and shape, and then sew it with tiny stitches and some quilting thread to the FRONT of your ornament:
- Tadaaaaahhhh! All done! Good job!
You can hang these in your tree at Christmas time, or you could use them as gift tags on presents ( just attach a “to and from” tag on the back), or you could even make a whole bunch of them in different colors and make them into garland. Here’s what my little tree looked like when I combined my ornaments with Kristie’s:Now that is a good-looking tree 😀
I hope you enjoy making your ornament and don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have any. You can contact me here or in our Facebook group, where you can also see pictures ( and post yours!) of everyone’s ornaments.
Before I sign off I want to announce the winners of the last giveaway! I do so enjoy these giveaways!! As you know, Wendy of Four Peaches Fabric donated these two fabulous prizes:
The winner of the fabric bundle is……..Holly Nielson
And the winner of the pattern is…….Skye B.
Congratulations ladies! Please email me your contact information so I can forward it to Wendy who will look after getting you your prizes. And a big Thank You to Wendy for donating this fabulous prize!
I hope to see you here again next week when I will be revealing my block number 2 in the I Love Home BOM with Jacquelynne Steves! And now I’m off to start the Bee Happy Sew Along with Lori Holt :D. Never time to be bored when you’re a quilter!
Until next time~Happy creating!
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