11.13.2012

Let the Ornament Season Begin

The holiday season is upon us once again, and the ornament making has begun anew!





If you were reading our blog last winter, you know that Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I get a little craft crazy.  Last year was the first time we had our own tree to decorate, so of course I had to make piles of ornaments for it (you can read all my ornament posts here, and other Christmas related posts here).  I had so much fun with it, and I even sold a few, so this year I decided to make some ornaments a little earlier and list them in our Etsy shop


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I work at the front desk of a children's museum, so on slow days I have a lot of spare time, which I usually use to read, but lately I've been bringing my sewing box and making these ornaments instead. I started by making three more of these snow cloud ornaments that I made last year. I posted a DIY all about how to make these snow cloud ornaments last year, so if you want to get out your sewing supplies and spend some time making something, check out the DIY instructions here. Or you could buy one of mine on Etsy


When I was digging through my sewing stuff to find all the supplies I needed to make the snow clouds, I realized that I had a tin full of awesome vintage buttons that used to belong to Chris's grandmother.  There were tons of interesting and unique buttons that I thought would add a great vintage vibe to my handmade felt ornament style, so I decided to experiment with designing a new ornament, and I think they came out awesome!

I went with a tear drop shape and picked three buttons to be sewn on to either side.  I tried to pick buttons that had some sort of cohesive style for each individual ornament, then I chose felt colors and contrasting thread colors. 

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These pictures show both sides of each ornament, so you can see how the buttons are all different, but work together. 

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This one is pretty silly with brightly colored buttons that are mostly animals (a green duck, a pink and blue cat, and white rabbit, and a colorful bird).

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This was the first one I made.  I love how these ornaments are a combination of handmade and vintage. One thing I liked about my snow clouds is that they are just winter themed, so you could use them to decorate for Christmas, Hanukkah, or the season as a whole; these button ornaments take it to the next level, in that they are festive but totally season and holiday neutral; you could even decorate with them year round! I really like how they look hanging on a door knob, and it could be cool to add one to a gallery wall of art to mix it up a bit.

All these ornaments are available for purchase in our Etsy shop, but if you're crafty and want to try your hand at making your own, here are some simple instructions (this tutorial assumes basic sewing skills):


I started by drawing the shape I wanted to make on a piece of paper to use as a pattern. Then I folded my piece of felt in half, pinned it to keep it in place, and traced the shape onto the fabric using a disappearing ink pen made for such things. In this picture I've done all these steps, then started cutting around the shape, being sure to cut through both pieces of felt evenly, so I end up with two pieces that fit together perfectly. 

By the way, I took these pictures with my ipod at work, so they are not the best, but I think they get the point across.


Next, I simply sewed around the outside edge of the felt, keeping my stitches small and even. I like how the stitches look, so I didn't try to hide them like usual, which makes this project a bit easier, too. 


Once there was only a small opening left, I stuffed the ornament with some polyester fiber stuffing. That stuff (haha) is super cheap at the fabric store, and I've also picked up more for even less at yard sales.


You could start and end your sewing anywhere around the edge, but I chose to leave the top for last. That way, once I added the ribbon it wouldn't be flopping around in my way as I finished sewing. To add the ribbon (for hanging the ornament), I simply cut a piece of ribbon, folded it in half, stuck the ends inside and sewed right across. I made my stitches a bit smaller so I was sure each side of the ribbon was securely fastened. 

Then I tied off, making sure to keep my knots hidden between the pieces of felt. 


Next, I chose my buttons and decided how I was going to arrange them on the ornament. I used my disappearing ink pen again to mark little dots where each button would be sewn on. I poked my needle in between the stitches on the side, so my knot would be hidden inside the ornament.



Finally, I sewed on the buttons! I went back and forth with my thread between opposite buttons and pulled tight, so that they press down into the padding of the ornament a bit. Of course, I was careful to keep my stitches hidden under the buttons, and I did a few pass-throughs for each button to make sure they would be secure. I tied off under a button, hid the end of my thread inside the ornament, et voila! You're done!

What do you think of my ornaments? Which one is your favorite? Have you started preparing for the holidays yet? Have you made any cool holiday DIYs, too?

Linking up with The Well Crafted Home

3 comments:

  1. I love felt ornaments! Loving the snow cloud one. I bought some funky pink and lime green felt coasters from the dollar store this summer and was thinking of turning them into tree ornaments!

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  2. Hello,
    I love the simplicity of your ornaments, thank you for sharing...
    and dissapearing ink sound magical and very handy to have around, i must look that up!
    bestest wishes
    Daisy j

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