Hey everyone! Roree here with a Tuesday tutorial.
With Christmas just a week away, I thought it would be fun to create an ornament for the Christmas tree. This project uses mostly paper, so you if you have a few sheets of patterned paper, you can create multiples very easily. I used the new Eggnog collection along with a few patterned papers from the Very Merry December Kit.
Here is my ornament:
I decide to give my ornament a patchwork feel, so I could use as many of the awesome patterned papers by October Afternoon as possible.
To create my patchwork design, I started with 1/2 x 4" and 1 x 4" strips from nine different patterned papers. I adhered the strips in rows, alternating the widths of the strips and offsetting the patterns.
After I finished laying out the strips, I cut out six classic round ornament shapes using my Cricut Expression® 2 machine and the Joys of the Season cartridge. I zigzag-stitched along each strip of patterned paper and straight-stitched along the outer edges of each shape.
Then, I folded each shape in half.
I adhered each shape back to back creating a 3D circle ornament. (I used some clips to hold the shapes in place until the adhesive dried.) I then cut out some holly leaves and stitched along the outer edges.
I attached the shapes together and sewed two red buttons where they overlapped.
I finished the ornament by adhering the holly shapes to the top and adding some baker's twine for hanging.
Now the ornament is ready for the Christmas tree!
You can simplify the ornament by using solid sheets of patterned paper instead of creating a patchwork background, or you can make it fuller by adding more pieces. How simple or detailed the ornament is completely up to you.
I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial, and I hope you get a chance to try making one of your own.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a Merry Christmas!