Once I got the idea to make felt ornaments, I ran with it. Man, I wish I could make these things faster. Sooo much fun! I only planned to make a few, but I'm already at a dozen (okay, a dozen & a half).
These are super simple. All you need are my templates (I made them quick & dirty, my apologies!), felt, scissors, and needle & thread. I sewed mine together and used wool felt, but you could easily use craft felt and glue, if you'd like to save time or want to do this project with kids.
On my first ornaments I experimented using a blanket stitch around the edge and larger stitches, but in the end I like the smaller inconspicuous stitches better. Of course, if you choose to glue your ornaments, this isn't an issue. (I'm all for ease, but I highly recommend wool & stitching if you want these to last)
I love using french knots on all the circles. Hmm, now I'm thinking I need a polka dot one. Ava has already requested a rainbow one.
I like to keep things simple - flowers, circles, diamonds, you know, easy stuff.
Because I stitched mine, I cut out two ornaments of the same color, stitched my decorations to the front piece, then sewed on a back to hide all the messy stitches from my decorations. This also gave my ornaments more weight.
As you can see, I'm not quite done with my set yet, and still need to sew on a string for hanging, but I'm sure there will be more. (I've started 6 more since I started this post!)
It's been a pleasure to settle down with my ornaments in the evening after the kids go to bed. My favorite kind of evening is one with some stitching, a glass of wine and some good TV. We finally caught up on Boardwalk Empire. I'm so sad that it's over this season.
Go ahead, try them. Make a dozen or two :) If you do make some, I'd love to see them. Enjoy!
*kiddos making gratitude rocks on Thanksgiving morning
Oh my goodness, have I really not been here since Nov. 13? Shame on me! Thanks for all the bag love on that last post. I did attempt to make another one, but my sewing machine started acting up so I never finished it. Super frustrating.
I'm honestly shocked that it has been that long. I seem to have no concept of time lately other than seeing it zoom before my eyes.
I have no excuse other than just living...keeping up with my kids. And oh boy, do they ever require keeping up with! Baby Toddler stuff + elementary school kid stuff + big kid stuff = a slightly frazzled mama with a very full life.
Oh wait, now I remember what happened....Nov. 13 was at the beginning of our sick week. First Ava, then Ceci, then me. It was a week of doctor visits, pharmacy runs, you know, the usual stuff. That next week was Thanksgiving week, which my kids had off of school, and then there was last week, during which we tried to get back into a routine after being off. It feels like a total blur, and now here we are in December. DECEMBER. Whew! Sorry, just thinking out loud.
Despite my total lack of time, I realize that I need to make time to do something creative. Y'all have any good craft suggestions? I miss making stuff. REALLY miss it. Oh, I have plenty of projects in progress, but none of it is really interesting me right now. There's a quilt top I started about a year ago and a bit of knitting here and there, but I'm not too excited about any of it. I wish I had an idea of what I wanted to make. How sad is that?
Maybe I want to work with felt? Something easy and portable? Perhaps I should try some felt ornaments, which would be wise considering little miss get into everything, who I'm sure would love to undecorate our tree (which isn't decorated yet, just lit).
There you go, now I have a plan. Felt ornaments it is. Thanks! We need to do this more often :)