Merry Christmas SewAlong~October!

Hello again,

Can you believe it is almost the end of October already?! I have sooooo many projects I want to make before Christmas and at the rate that the days are flying by there is NO way I am going to do them all ( or any…..). But I guess at least I’ll have some cute little ornaments all done! 😉

If you have been following along with Kristie’s patterns, you already know that the theme this month is a Gingerbread Man! Kristie gave us two choices on how to make our Gingerbread men…one was dressed and ready to play in the snow, and the other was busy baking. I decided to make my version a baker because I knew I had these cute baking- themed buttons stashed away in my card-making closet!

Gingerbread man~pattern designed by Teadoddles.com

So here is MY version of this theme:Gingerbread man design by Farmhouse Quilts

So cute! ( am I allowed to say that about my own design?) I just love his sweet little face and those cute little buttons ( have I mentioned that I am a HUGE button fanatic….I have buttons everywhere, and even have this adorable little cabinet with lots of drawers that are all filled with ….buttons! Do I need any more buttons? No! Do I buy buttons every chance I get? Uhm, yes, maybe, I might….

Alright, here is what you need to make this ornament:

  • 2 5-inch pieces of fabric ( one brown, the other whatever color you desire)
  • 1  5-inch piece of batting
  • white and black embroidery floss
  • 2 little buttons
  • a 10 inch piece of wire, ribbon, or jute
  • the pattern (click here)

Trace the pattern onto your brown piece of fabric  using a lightbox or a sunny window. I used my blue water erasable marker to do this. If your fabric is too dark you might want to use a white water soluble pencil instead. (I like this kind here).

 

Layer your fabric on top of your batting ONLY and place it in a hoop. Embroider your design with ***** strands of white floss, and use the black floss to embroider the eyes and mouth. ( Use a backstitch). For the eyes use a french knot.

 

Now layer your backing piece under your finished embroidery and add the snowflakes. For the snowflakes I decided to use a specialty stitch on my machine, but you can certainly do them by hand if you prefer….I felt like playing with some of those fancy stitches that just sit there unused most of the time!

 

After your snowflakes are done, you are ready to trim your piece down to 4 1/2 inches. I used my special scallop blade in my rotary cutter. Add some cute little buttons :).

Now you are ready to attach the hanger. I used a piece of jute ribbon that I tied with two knots and then attached by machine. Again, you can do everything by hand if you wish.

 

Tadaaa! All done.

 

To mark the halfway point of our sew along, Kristie and I are giving away 2 bundles of Christmas Fat Quarters! We are giving away 2 bundles of Fat Quarters!Here is what you have to do to enter to win:

  • All entrants must be signed up for the Farm House Quilts newsletter & the Teadoddles newsletter.  Sign up can be found in the sidebar on both our pages.
  • All entrants must make both ornaments for October.  That means if you’re just joining in the fun, start with this month’s ornaments so you can be entered to win.  Share a photo of you work in one of these places:
    • The Merry Christmas SAL Facebook Group
    • Instagram ~ Use the hashtag #merrychristmassal2017 and tag @farmhousequilts & @teadoddles in your ornament photos.  Your profile must be public for us to see the photos.
    •  Not on social media?  That’s okay!  Email your photos to:
      • mammajamma77@teadoddles.com {Kristie}
      • OR
      • FarmhousequiltsinLancaster@gmail.com {Monique}
  • This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere…YAY!!
  • There will be two winners & each will receive one fat quarter Christmas bundle that contains 5 fat quarters.
  • The deadline to submit your photos is 11:59 pm EST October 31, 2017

Good luck and most of all HAVE FUN…are you getting in the Christmas spirit yet??

 

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