Hello, Catherine here on the blog today to help give you a jump start on your holiday crafting and gift making! Every year I make a new ornament for our tree that one day I hope to pass down to my son when he has a family of his own.
My ornaments have a vintage feel to them and I use elements that will last a long time and I hope they will still look great in 20 or so years. Today I thought I would share my steps to create this elegant and easy to put together Wool Felt Ornament. I will say, that cutting felt in beautiful and custom shapes has never been easier with the Bigz and Framelits!
Before we get started, I wanted to share a little tip with you. I really enjoy working with wool felt and using my Sizzix Dies to cut them into shapes for cards and home decor items is so easy. My personal preference is to use wool because I think that the natural fibers cut so much better than acrylic, plus you get a much more substantial and natural looking project when when you are done. With that said, while I am using Wool Felt it's certainly OK to use acrylic felt.
To make this ornament you will need to die cut:
- - 2 Large Wool Felt Sassy Labels and Stitched Framelits: 658793
- - 1 Large Cardstock or heavy weight Mixed Media Paper Sassy Labels
- - 1 Medium Canvas Paper Sassy Labels
- - 1 Large Wool Felt Botanical Element (658225)
- - 1 Small Muslin Botanical Element
- - 1 Wool Felt Snowflake #3 (656732)
Once you have all the pieces die cut out of the coordinating elements it's time to do a few other things before you begin the assembly. (This works great if you are mass-producing the ornaments.)
The first thing I did was to apply Platinum Glitter to the Wings and set them aside to dry. While the wings were drying I prepared the Medium Sassy Labels. You can stamp text on the Medium Sassy Labels (658793) die cut from Canvas Paper and distress the edges with a light brown distress ink and set aside to dry. If you don't have a text stamp, you can do what I did and use a piece of old book paper to do an image transfer to transfer the text to the canvas. Once the prep work is done it's time to move on to putting the base ornament together. You will want to trim approximately 1/4" of the edges of the card stock or heavy weight Sassy Labels and sandwich it between the two wool felt Labels. I like to use a piece of double stick tape to secure the sandwich together to keep it from sliding around when I do the stitching. The card stock in the middle helps remove the flexibility of the felt and make the completed ornament more rigid.
To secure the layers, I stitched around the edges of the ornament using my sewing machine. If you aren't comfortable with this step feel free to hand-stitch or even hot glue the layers together.
To add a base for my angel, I added the Medium Sassy Labels next. Again, if you use a piece of double stick tape to keep it in place while you stitch it with the sewing machine the shape will stay put while you stitch.
When the base was complete, I position the Botanical Element (658225) in place at the top of the ornament and stitch to secure. This step is a little tricky when using a cream on cream color scheme, but if you take it slowly and put the machine on the slowest speed possible you can absolutely do it. You can also hand stitch or use a hot glue gun to secure it in place. Next you will hand stitch the Snowflake #3 (656731) and button in place in the center of the botanical element.
You can hot glue or hand-stitch (I did both) the glittered wings in place in the center of the Medium Sassy Labels. Position the small muslin Botanical Element in place and secure with hot glue.
For a hanger, I hand-stitched a beaded chain to the top of the ornament. The ends of the hanger are hiding under neath the swirls of the wool botanical element, to keep them from showing I added a tiny bead of hot glue to keep them in place.
The last thing I did was to hot glue the Angel in place and my Heirloom ornament is completed and ready to hang!
Once you have all the pieces cut out the assembly for this elegant heirloom ornament comes together pretty quickly making it feasible to make a large batch. You could use them for ornaments, package decorations or even add a tag and give it as a Baby's First Christmas ornament!
Thanks for joining me today, I'll see you again real soon!
Fabric: Cream Wool Felt | Paper: Canvas Paper; Mixed Media Paper- 140lb | Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Fractured Dolls; Beaded Chain; Wood Wings; Glitter- Platinum | Adhesive: Glitter Glue; Hot Glue Gun; Double Stick Tape | Tools: Sewing Machine; Needle and Thread