Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Handmade Christmas: Day 11 with Pickup Some Creativity

Hello Creation Corner Readers!
My name is Chris, from Pickup Some Creativity.  I am so excited to be a part of Tasha's Handmade Christmas bash.  I racked my brain on what I could share.  We recently moved, and as I was unpacking I found a slip of paper describing the symbols of Christmas, that I wanted to rework and modernize...and the result is this tutorial.  After researching and editing the text, I wanted to create a new set of ornaments that I could use with my own family to help my children remember the true meaning of all the fun things we love about Christmas.  Each symbol has a meaning, and a purpose that I don't want them to lose sight of.

This tutorial will show you how to make your own set of ornaments, and if you click HERE, you will be able to download a pdf file with two printables, and also templates for your ornaments.  Be sure to click the green download button, and then choose a place you'll remember to store the file. 

To begin, gather your materials.
For the ornaments:
  • Fabric scraps, at least 3" by 5" in reds, greens, golds, and white
  • Small scrap of white felt
  • Cotton quilt batting, such as warm & natural
  • Matching thread
  • Metal grommets and applicator
  • Skinny grosgrain ribbon, scraps of ricrac in gold
  • Sewing tools, including scissors, seam ripper, disappearing ink marker, pins, iron and ironing board, and sewing machine.
For the bag:
  • 9" by 11" canvas fabric
  • Freezer paper
  • Ink jet printer
  • Matching thread
  • 23" grosgrain ribbon and small safety pin
  • Sewing tools, including scissors, seam ripper, disappearing ink marker, pins, iron and ironing board, and sewing machine.
We'll make the ornaments first.  
    Step one.  Cut out your templates. 

    Step two.  Make a fabric sandwich.

    With the wrong sides of the fabric together, tuck in a piece of batting. Iron the sandwich together. 

    The cotton batting will stick to the fabric with a weak hold when pressed together.  Cool, huh?

    Step three.  Trace the template onto your fabric.

    Step four.  Sew along the traced outline.

    Using the tightest zigzag stitch your machine can make, at a medium width, trace the outline of the ornament on the fabric.  Be very careful not to force the fabric through too quickly.  Patiently guide the fabric along the outline without tugging.  This will keep the stitching even. 

    Step five.  Cut the ornament out.

    Take your time so as to prevent trimming into the satin stitching.  If you do, don't fret.

    You can go back and restitch along the cut portion.

    Step six.  Add grommet and hanging ribbon.  I wanted to be able to hang the ornaments on our Christmas Tree, so I added grommets and a little ribbon hanger.

    You'll need 10 inches of ribbon per ornament. Just thread it through, and tie a little knot to hold together.

     Simple, yes?  Each ornament is made in the same fashion, with the exception of the bow.  The following are some tips for the more complicated designs.

    Candle and Fir Tree
    The candle and fir tree are made with two different fabrics, and must be pieced together before you make the fabric sandwich. Approximate the size you will need for each piece, but it doesn't need to be exact.  Sew the seams at 1/4".

    With the candle, before you trace your design, add the felt wax with a single straight stitch.

    Make sure your seams are matched front to back.  If you want, use a pin through one side and put it in the mirrored position on the other side.  Now you're ready to sew the design you've traced. 

    When I originally designed the pattern, I put things together a little differently, but the method I have shown you is much easier.  Just ignore the dashed lines, and use that as your edge of the candle and flame.

    Now you're ready to sew, just as before.  If you'd like, you can switch up the thread color around the flame. 

    You'll use the same piecing method with the fir tree.  Just be sure to fold under the extra seam allowance before you trace. 

    For the ornament and candy cane:

    Decorate these designs before you satin stitch them together.  Make your fabric sandwich, and trace the design, then add your details.

    Then proceed with your satin stitching and cut the ornament out.
    For the candy cane, I just sewed red zigzags on the fabric sandwich, then satin stitched the outline.

    Aren't these fun?

    For the bow:
    To make the bow, cut a 3" by 21" piece of fabric.  I chose a fun vintage red print.  Fold the rectangle lengthwise, with right sides together, and sew a 1/4" seam.

    I like to use a safety pin to guide the fabric right side out again.  Press so that the seam is on one side.

    Fold in the ends so that no rough edges show.

    Go around the whole fabric strip.

    I topstitched around the center of the bow to hold it together.

    I added a grommet and a ribbon holder so the bow can hang out with the other ornaments. 

    Now your ornaments are finished.  You should have 8 different designs.

    We'll make a bag to keep them all tidy until it's time to teach.  Simple and fun, I promise.

    Step one.  Press a piece of freezer paper to your canvas.  (I got some tips for printing on fabric here.)

    You'll need to cut it to 8.5 by 11".

    Place the fabric in your paper tray.  Mine prints from the bottom, so I put mine in fabric side down.  Now pull up the printable from the pdf file, the one that has two columns and says "Symbols of Christmas" with some holly, courtesy of the Graphics Fairy.  Tell your printer to print...for safety sake I marked "other photo paper" in the advanced section. 

    Now remove the freezer paper from the fabric, save it for another bag if you want.

    Fold the fabric over, right sides together, and sew the long side and bottom with a 1/4" seam.

    Finish your seams with a zigzag stitch, or use your pinking shears.

    Turn right side out, and press the top seam inside.

    Mark and sew two small button holes just below the fold mark.  Then pink or finish the seam.  

    Using your seam ripper, open up the button holes.

    Fold the top down again, and sew it closed.

    Trim your threads.  Using a safety pin, thread a 23" long piece of grosgrain ribbon through the casing you made.

    Your bag is done.

    Finally, print the first printable on cardstock, and you are ready to teach your children the true meanings of the Symbols of Christmas.

    Wow.  Is this not a fabulous tutorial?  Love love this idea.  I love Chris.  She and I have become friends through reading each others blog and I simple love her...and I love this idea.  Christmas is such a special time of year and what a beautiful way to help our children (and even ourselves) remember the true meaning of Christmas.  Chris shares many tutorials and ideas on her blog Pickup Some Creativity.  Make sure you stop by and leave her a nice comment.  She truly is fabulous. 

    Sorry this did not post at scheduled time...I am not sure what happened.


    emily said...

    I love this post!! This would make such a great Christmas gift. The link to the template is not working though.


    Jessica said...

    This is such a great idea! I remember as a kid talking about what each thing meant and it would be great to start the tradition with my own kids.

    AUDRA said...

    Awh, this is just too awesome! Love it!

    ★All Thingz Related★ said...

    What a terrific idea! Just adorable!

    Jess said...

    I would love to read about these symbols, but the link isn't working.
    Looks great though!

    Chris said...

    Sorry the post went up early. Here is a link to the templates:

    Symbols of Christmas

    Melanie said...

    How special

    Carly said...

    These are darling!

    KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

    Amazing tutorial, so beautifully photographed. Question - When you stitch around the shapes, do your feed dogs need to be down ? or can you still use them?

    Rose :: said...

    You are being featured TODAY!


    To give you some extra exposure, I’m combining featuring you with this week’s DIY craft tutorial linky party, which obviously also opens today.

    So when picking up your 'I'm featured' badge, you could take a new project along and show of your talents, again and again.

    We love to showcase your tutorials and at time, feature your work. It’s excellent! will be up in an hour.

    Have a craftful, happy day, Rose

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