Wednesday, November 17, 2010

One Fabric, Five Ideas: #1 Embroidery Hoop Ornament

I found some really cute fabric at Jo-Ann's last week. I bought a quarter yard without any particular project in mind, but I am now determined to create five different Christmas items using five different images from this quarter yard of fabric. A little challenge for myself. Ready? The first item I came up with is an embroidery hoop Christmas ornament...


Cute, huh? This project has several other uses besides as a Christmas tree ornament. It can be hung on the wall as a decoration, on a doorknob, around the neck of a wine bottle. It also makes a great little handmade gift. I think I might be making a few more of these as gifts for my daughter's preschool teachers.

And here's some good news for all of you who don't sew and always tell me you wish you could... This ornament can be made two ways. One way requires a little sewing; the other requires NONE. Yippee! Everyone can make one!

So this is what the fabric looks like. The circles are about 3" in diameter...


I chose these five circles to use in my challenge. Today I'm using the tree...


Materials and supplies to make one ornament:

  • Christmas fabric
  • Fusible web (I used Wonder Under.)
  • 5½" square piece of background fabric
  • 4" embroidery hoop
  • 7" piece of ribbon or ric rac for hanging
  • glue gun
  • thread (if sewing)
  • buttons

Instructions:

First cut a small piece of fusible web and iron it onto the back of your Christmas fabric. Make sure it covers the back of the entire image you want to cut out (in this case, the entire circle with the tree image). Do this before you cut out your circle. After it cools, cut around the 3" circle.

Cut your 5½" square piece of background fabric into a 5 1/4" diameter circle (Hint: A large powdered baby formula lid is the exact right size to trace!).


Peel the fusible web paper from the back of your Christmas fabric circle, and center this circle on your background fabric circle. Iron in place.


(If you don't sew, you can skip this next step...) Applique your Christmas fabric circle onto your background fabric circle by sewing a straight stitch about 1/8" from the edge.


Center your fabric circle in your embroidery hoop and tighten. Trim extra fabric from the back of the hoop.

Hot glue your ribbon or ric rac onto the back of the embroidery hoop.


Now for the embellishments! I used three different buttons...


If you are sewing, sew the buttons onto your Christmas fabric however you like. If you are not sewing, hot glue the buttons onto the fabric.


Ta-da! You're all done!


Now you've seen the first project created with this quarter yard of fabric. Be watching for the other four projects over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for stopping by today! We're less than two weeks away from the first day of Haul Out the Holly!!! I can't wait!





I'm linking up:

monogramUndertheTableandDreaming

Show and Tell GreengiveawaysA Crafty SoireeThe DIY Show Off

17 comments:

Amy said...

This is darling Gwen! I love that fabric, I just might have to head over to Joann's and find myself some. ;) (like I need anything else to do)

Megan said...

Super-cute fabric! I can't wait to see what you do with the little cup of hot chocolate...that's my favorite circle!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

This is fabulous, I love how cute it is and it seems like you should be able to make several in just a little bit! Can't wait to see the rest of your ideas!

Lu said...

So cute and what a fun challenge! Can't wait to see the other 4 projects. And aah! I can't believe we're getting so close to Haul out the Holly! I am both excited and nervous now. :)

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

This is adorable! I love that you could really do so much with it:)

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Gwen, lovin' your tutorial, definitely one I'll keep in mind in the coming weeks. Thanks.

April said...

These are so cute!

Julie said...

Great idea! I would love for you to link up at my linky party here:
http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-ornament-link-up-singing.html

Ashley said...

Very Cute! I am going to try this!

LeAnne said...

Well, this is cute....and I am in need of a circle pattern just that size.....and that's the formula my DD uses!! THanks for the hint!

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

You come up with the coolest ideas! Looking forward to seeing the rest.

malia said...

wow gwen you always amaze me-- you have the creativity and the skills to come up with some fabulous and original projects!

Kristi said...

Oooh, these are cute!!

Catalina Calderon said...

Ha! love the enfamil lid! I sure have one of those handy. SOO funny.:)

Tracy said...

Very cute!!

BKWilliams said...

Neat idea and I love the fabrics you picked.

Anita said...

This is so cute! I need an idea to make for the ornament group I'm in, so I may use this. Very clever!

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