For the Making Christmas Blog Series this holiday season I have asked my favorite bloggers and blogging friends to contribute fun tutorials and projects for Christmas. Up first is Mollie Johanson from Wild Olive, she has designed something really sweet just for you today. Mollie also has a cute etsy shop full printable embroidery patterns that would be great to use for Christmas gift making too. Mollie's holiday tutorial follows below... (love, Erin)
Hello, friends of Sunshine and Carousels! I'm so happy to be Making Christmas with all of you! On my blog, Wild Olive, I'm sharing three weeks of Christmas Ornamentation, and so I made a special set ornaments just for you! Well, actually, you'll have to make them, but you get the idea. I've been making this style of embroidered ornament for years, but have never shared the how-to. I love these so much because they are easy to make just about any kind of design!
Here's what you need:
Wool or wool blend felt
Embroidery pattern (use these freshly drawn up designs, or choose your own!)
Trace your pattern onto the tracing paper, then stitch through the paper and felt at the same time. When you've finished stitching, use the guide around the pattern to cut the outer shape. It's best to cut an extra layer at the same time to ensure they are both the same size/shape.
Carefully tear away the tracing paper, making sure that you don't tug at the stitches.
Apply craft glue to the back of the embroidery. Spreading it across the whole backside will help keep the ornament flat when it's dry. Just don't get too close to the edge. Place the second piece of felt over the glue and smooth it out to keep it flat.
Thread a length of embroidery floss through the top, and tie a knot. This makes a simple hanger.
Make one ornament, or make a bunch!