There are so many choices today for Christmas ornaments, all beautiful and sparkly. But as pretty as they are, commercial ornaments usually hold no special meaning to us.
These handmade ornaments are super easy to make, can be a great family activity and will hold precious memories for many years.
- small amount of white cotton fabric (nicely pressed)
- small amount of toy stuffing (or the filling from a small pillow insert)
- embroidery thread – colours of your choice
- bakers twine or thin ribbon
- glitter glue
- Photo’s and/or clip art images [clip art images used in this tutorial are created by Andrea McVeigh from Urban Willow]
- Tee-shirt transfer (or printable fabric)
- scissors (fabric and paper)
- removable fabric marker
- embroidery sewing needle
Let’s get started …
1. Collect photos of family, pets or other special Christmas memories. Clip art is also a great alternative for creating your own ornaments.
2. Using your favourite photo editing program (I love Picmonkey 🙂 ), edit your photos by cropping them down to the desired size and shape. You can create tradition round ornaments, or fun shapes like hearts.
If you are using clip art, you will only need to resize them in the next step. But don’t forget to FLIP any images or clip art with text in it.
3. Tee-shirt Transfer: Arrange your images on a printable document to suit the size of your tee-shirt transfer paper. Resize your images to the desired size. You will need a little room around each image, but just enough to comfortable cut them out without being too fussy.
I really like my little Epson printer, but it does struggle a little with thicker paper, so I have never tried printable material, for my ornaments I am using some tee-shirt transfer paper.
4. Print a test page first to make sure you are happy with the sizes and quality of the images. Make any adjustments necessary — take a deep breath — PRINT!
5. These next 2 step are only needed for those using tee-shirt transfer paper …
Cut out your images. For images such as photos that have a simple edge, cut the image out around the border of the image. For clip art images like my little reindeer below, fussy cut around the image – but not too fussy.
If you are using Printable Fabric, leave a seam allowance of 6mm to 10mm (1/4 to 1/2 inch)
7. Trim away the excess fabric at the top to the desired seam allowance. Cut a piece of twine or thin ribbon, approximately 15 cm ( 6 inches) long. Fold it in half to form the loop and pin in place at the top of your ornament.
Cut a 2nd piece of white fabric approximately the same size and pin it to the back of your ornament.
Optional: Using glitter glue, decorate areas of your ornament to add some sparkle 🙂 leave to dry completely.
Optional: With a removable fabric marker, mark your stitch line; don’t forget to leave an opening for the stuffing.
9. Add toy filling evenly to your ornament. Finish stitching.
10. Optional: If you would like a solid stitch line around your ornament, continue stitching around the stitch line a 2nd time, filling in the gapes.
11. Trim away the excess fabric, leaving a 6 mm (1/4 inch) seam allowance.
12. You can either leave the seam allowance as it is or for you can gently pull out the loose threads to create a fringe.
And there you have it – your very own, personalised Christmas ornament.
Have fun with the family creating these adorable keepsakes or make them as unique personalised Christmas gifts.
Clip art: Urban Willow