Hello! Are you ready for the very last Christmas ornament of 2018?? I hope you had fun making some or all of them! If you need links to all the previous ornaments you can find those here.
Okay, let’s get to the last ornament. I have to let you in on a little secret…I had actually started an ornament design for December and was almost finished with it ( back in early November already!) and then I got inspired by the art on a tissue box that featured the Grinch. So I scrapped my original ornament and designed this one instead.
Okay, let’s get to making this shall we? You will need the following:
- The pattern Christmas bell
- wax paper
- 3 pieces of wool or felt I used red and white for my bell and green for the backing.
- white embroidery floss
- piece of ribbon or other hanger
You are going to follow these steps:
- Print off the pattern and trace it onto the paper side of your wax paper ( make sure you copy the numbers as well!)
- Cut the pieces on the lines and lay them out on your white and red wool. I alternated mine ( see photo). So # 2, 4, and 6 are on white, while 1,3, and 5 are on red.
- Iron your pieces down ( the waxy side of the paper will temporarily stick to your wool, but will remove easily later).
- Now cut your pieces out precisely around your paper. ( You might have to iron your pieces again if the paper lets loose).
- Take your background piece of wool and lay out the bell in the correct order from 1 through 6.
- Use a glue stick or some basting glue to very lightly attach your pieces in place ( in other words, don’t use too much glue, just enough to hold your pieces in place).
- Now it’s time to remove the paper from your pieces.
- Set your machine to a small zig zag stitch and use first white and then red thread to go all the way around all the pieces. Sew slowly and use a stiletto to keep pieces in place in case they shift. Don’t worry too much if they seem to gap a little from the piece next to them. I found that they eased together as soon as I sewed the next piece.
- Before you finish the very top piece ( number 1), cut a piece of ribbon, fold it double, and sew it in between piece 1 and the background.
- Your bell is almost complete! You could leave it the way it is, or you can add the loopy embroidery.
- I wish I could tell you that I have a wonderful way to transfer the design, but I don’t. I know you could use carbon paper and place it in between the design and the wool, but I opted just to freehand the design with a white chalk pencil because I didn’t have carbon paper. Freehanding it will add to the charm of the design 😉
- Use 3 strands of floss and a backstitch to embroider the loops. I found I had to remark my loops a few times because I was rubbing it off as I was working!
13. Almost done now!
14. Use a sharp pair of scissors and trim just outside of the bell shape, leaving a little sliver of the background showing.
15. And your ornament is done! The background will look like this and you could choose to layer it on top of yet another piece of wool to hide your stitches OR you could embroider the loops BEFORE you attach the bell pieces to the background. I decided not to worry about it.
Enjoy, have fun with it, and please let me know if something is not clear. And don’t forget to share pictures of your finished ornament! You can share them on Instagram using the #MerryChristmasSAL2018 and tag us with @farmhousequilts and @Teadoddles; You can share in the private FB group that I created just for subscribers to my blog: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1790902080964624/?ref=bookmarks; Or you can share in the Christmas FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1081290275304415/?ref=bookmarks.
Kristie and I will share details on the prize give away soon, but you get an entry for every different ornament you made, so you have a possible 6 entries if you made all of the ornaments.
Until next time~ Happy creating!