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Soft Ornaments

Christmas is looming on the horizon and, with it, almost an entire week of no school before the big day. Time for a seasonal craft, suitable for all ages. These felt ornaments can be hung in the window, used to trim the tree, even employed as festive, over-sized earrings!

By: Jodi

 

Tools and Materials Needed:

– felt (I already had a big bag of this, but you can buy it at any sewing store, or Walmart).

– embroidery thread (same as above).

– embroidery needles

– sewing scissors

– straight pins

– scrap material or stuffing for, well, stuffing.

– pencil or chalk

Tutorial:

1. Decide upon a design (candy cane? star? candle? tree? so many options), fold the felt over, draw a light outline of your basic shape and cut (so you have 2 pieces).

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2. If you’re adding any embellishments, cut those out and sew (with the embroidery thread) to the clean sides of your design.

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3. Use your embroidery thread or take some thicker wool and braid it, to create a string with which to hang your ornament.

4. Put the insides of the decoration facing each other, pin the string into a loop at the top, and pin all the way around. Sew with a basic loop stitch (or, if you’re fancy, a blanket or cross stitch) around the outside (making sure to sew through the string to secure it), leaving a large enough hole to put in your stuffing. Then stuff and finish your stitching.

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5. Hang that ornament up!

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