Saturday, November 8, 2014
I've been in the mood for Christmas sewing lately and have been participating in a fun Instagram sew along; I'll share the information on the Christmas quilt along at the end of the post.
But first I just have to share these fun heart-shaped Christmas ornaments I made using the "Heart's Delight" Makin' It Cute templates by Me & My Sister Designs (you can buy the template set on-line from Fat Quarter Shop here). I saw a sample ornament made by Barb and Mary on their Instagram feed...and that was all it took to get me gathering fabric!
I thought I'd share a few tips for making these ornaments...and because they were so fun and fast I'm going to be making several more.
The template set comes with four durable plastic templates. I used the two largest along with the smallest template for my ornament. A Frixion pen comes in handy for this, too. You will also need scraps of batting, a button, and ribbon or string to make an ornament hanger (I haven't added my hangers yet).
For one heart ornament:
From 3 different fabrics cut:
2 squares 6" x 6" for largest heart
2 squares 5" x 5" for middle heart
2 squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" for small heart
From batting scraps cut:
1 square 6" x 6"
1 square 5" x 5"
1 square 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Follow the package instructions for making your hearts. I used the Frixion pen to do my tracing. After stitching and cutting I ironed my ornaments so any left over markings would disappear.
Stitch a cute button in the center of your ornament to hold everything together. Add a ribbon hanger near the top of the ornament on the back, or use the button as anchor for a thin string hanger (Barb & Mary used Baker's Twine on their version...I'm still deciding whether to use twine or make ribbon hangers).
Note: the instructions call for you to use adhesive spray to adhere the fabrics to the batting; however, I didn't find using spray necessary. I also found it helpful to begin and end my machine stitching at the bottom of the heart shapes, and I used the "needle down" feature on my machine so that when I stopped stitching the needle would hold my heart sandwich in place.
I bet you won't be able to make just one! These would make perfect package tags that double as ornaments. I'm also thinking of decorating a tree right inside my front door with these...then I can give one to anyone who visits in December.
As I mentioned earlier, I've also been using my Christmas scraps to make blocks for Lori Holt's #haveyourselfaquiltylittlechristmas Instagram sew along. (Did you know that even without a smartphone Instagram can be accessed on-line? Here's the link to my account. I generally post things on Instagram before adding them here on the blog).
Anyway, Lori has been posting daily with blocks that will make a small quilt. Some of the blocks are from her book Quilty Fun: Lessons in Scrappy Patchwork while other information is provided in her Instagram feed. The tree block is one example of a block not from the book but that is included in her post instructions.
Just wondering...have you started any Christmas or other winter holiday sewing yet? Thanks so much for stopping by!
♥ Posted by Sherri at 10:21:00 AM