I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday if you are in the States. We had a wonderful couple of days, made even better by the fact that our oldest son was home for the entire week! It always feels better when we are all under the same roof again, even if it is just for a short while.
The holiday prep is going to be kicking into high gear at our house pretty soon and it has been so fun working on these little ornaments to help set the mood! If you have been following along with Kristie, you already know that this month’s theme is “tree”. Here are Kristie’s 2 versions: And here is my version of Kristie’s ornament:
If you would like to see more trees, be sure to check out our facebook group here.
Alright, now for MY take on the tree theme:
I drew up a couple of different versions and finally settled on this one: Here is what you will need:
- The pattern ( click here)
- A light background, as well as a backing and batting measuring approx. 4 1/2 by 8 inches.
- embroidery floss in green ( I used 3 different greens), yellow, grey, red, blue, and brown.
- a piece of wire about 10 inches to make a hanger.
- Trace the pattern onto the light colored background.
- Lay your fabric on top of your batting, place in a hoop, and embroider the design using a backstitch. I used 3 strands to embroider everything. (I used 1 color of green to do the first and third “layer” of tree, a different green to do the second and fourth layer, and yet another green to make the strand of lights.)
- For the “lights”, use 3 strands and make a triple french knot.
- After you finish embroidering, trim your work to 3 1/8 by 6 inches.
5. Lay your piece on top of your background, right sides together like this:
6. Pin, but leave an opening of about 1 1/2 inches in the middle of the bottom, like this:
7. Sew all around, using a 1/4 inch seam, starting and ending at the opening.
8. Trim your back even with the front and turn right side out. ( A bodkin is very helpful to help you “grab” the inside, and “that purple thang” comes in handy when pushing out the corners!)
9. Press your work and fold the opening towards the inside neatly, like this:
10. Hand stitch closed with a small stitch. It should now look like this:
11. Cut a piece of wire about 10 inches long and curl it around a pen or pencil to make loops.
12. Unfold the loops a little, and curl the ends of the wire around to make them look cute:
13. Attach the wire to your embroidery and you are done!
I think this would make a really cute bookmark too!
I can’t believe it is almost December and our ornament sew-along will come to an end. I hope you have had as much with it as we have! Don’t forget that in December our schedule and theme will change a bit: Kristie will still share her ornament on the second Monday ( the 11th), but I will be sharing mine the very next week ( the 18th), because the 4th Monday will be Christmas and I know we will all be busy on that day :). Also, in December Kristie’s and my theme will NOT be the same. We each chose to do our very own themes that month….can you guess what they might be??
Thanks for sewing along with us, and if you have just found me, or are just getting started on the ornaments, the link to them can be found right here.
Until next time~ happy creating!