Make your own unique felt ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree.
- 2 pieces of felt roughly 25cm x 25cm in a colour of your choice
- an assortment of ribbons (about 50cm lengths)
- matching thread
- a sewing machine
- erasable fabric marker
- pinking shears
- matching embroidery thread
- embroidery needle
- Using your selection of ribbons, plan a complementary combination of ribbons and decorative machine stitches.
- Starting from the top sew the ribbons onto the felt along the length of the felt as you have planned and sew rows of the decorative stitches parallel to the ribbons to create your own patterned fabric, continuing to the
bottom of the felt.
- Using the fabric marker draw shapes of your choice for your ornaments. Depending on the size, you should be able to fit about 4 ornaments across the width of the felt. We made 7 ornaments from one square.
- Match the edges of two pieces of felt, one with the patterning you have just sewn on and a plain piece for the back. Sew around the perimeter of the chosen shape, leaving a 4cm opening for stuffing. Cut around
the shape leaving 1 cm border. You can cut this freehand but take care not to cut into the next ornament’s border.
- Stuff each ornament. Tip: be careful not to stuff the ornaments too much as you need
to be able to machine stitch the opening closed.
- Now you can trim each ornament with the pinking shears for a pretty edge.
- Using the embroidery thread and needle, make a hanging loop for each ornament and conceal your knot
in between the felt layers.
PHOTO: ANNALIZE NEL
Magazine issue date: December, 2017