4 posts categorized "Tutorials"


Tree-mendous Ornament - Last of 3

Glad to see you're here for our last installment to make this little ornament! 

Since yesterday, we have smoothed a piece of cut-to-to-fit batting against the front side, stuffed our ornament, with the Sound Card inside the pocket for a good fit, and stitched the opening at the bottom closed.  

Anticipating a few questions, I'll say that the batting protects the fibers that end up on the back side from stitching, so they don't get pulled & tugged during stuffing AND it prevents a lumpy look on the front from the fiberfill - it gives it a little sturdiness, too.

A word about the Sound Card.  We always put it in the pocket before stuffing the ornament, because you don't want it too tight (or too loose), so you can easily remove it if you want to (like to change the recording - yes, you can do that, more later), and if it's in the pocket, you know exactly how to stuff it.

Treemendous Ornament
Tree-mendous Ornament Finished


Here's the glittery trim we picked!  it's hard to see all its glitz in the photo, but it goes well with the whole ornament.  The sequins are glittery, the beads are glittery and even the pink and green fabrics are shiny and sparkly!

At the bottom, the trim is well attached, but this trim is tubular and webby, so I'll use some Fray Check to keep those ends in place.

On yours, you'll have an extra 1/4" at top & bottom for your buttons; this one was a prototype, but exact to the pattern in every other way.

Hope you got something from this!  It's a BEAUTIFUL fall day here, so I think I'll get a cup of coffee, sit on the back patio and enjoy it!  How about you?




Tree-mendous Ornament Part 2 of 3

Hi, again!  Back to finish up the next-to-last post of the Tree-mendous Ornament with you!  

It's the 1st already!  Now it will seem like a blur untl the end of the year!  You, too?  So let's finish while we still have a minute or two.

Back for Treemendous Ornament
We've cut the back & the pocket for the Sound Card.

If you purchase the Gift Package, which includes the Sound Card, you'll need the pocket.  There is a Gift Package for each ornament.  It always includes the beautiful Heirloom storage/gift box and the Sound Card, with a pre-recorded clip from a Christmas carol or song.  You can record anything you want on the Sound Card  - it's easy and instructions come with it, more later.  Also, many of the ornaments have embellishment packets, which can be included, but you always get the first two.

Seam on pocket
First 1/4" seam on Sound Pocket



Turn under 1/4" on the upper edge of the Sound Pocket.  

We pressed it first to make it easier to stitch. 











Upper hem sound pocket
Second 1/2" seam on Sound Pocket



Now turn that same edge under again 1/2".

You can see the finished hem in the photo.










Sound pocket to back
Sew Sound Pocket to Back



Place the Sound Pocket against the back.

Wrong side of pocket goes against right side of back - in other words, both are right sides up, as you can see in the picture.

Pin and stitch to the outside of the seam line (you don't want this stitching to show when it's turned) just to hold them together while you assemble it all.  You could just pin everything together at once just before you sew, but as my British watercolor instructorm Janet Thackery, used to say, "It's a little fiddley".

Match the bottom edges, as you see.



back/sound pocket unit
Finished back with sound pocket





There's the pocket/back unit, and you can see the inside of the pocket.










Sound pocket/card
Sound Pocket with Sound Card







The Sound Card fits nicely inside!










Hanging ribbon on front
Hanging Ribbon on front



Whatever you choose for a hanger, it will go on top of the front.  Position the ends according to the pattern for the Ornament you are making; this one is 1/4" inside the top corners.

Stitch across the ends to the outside of the seam line just to hold in place.

Hint:  Place each end of the Ribbon face down the same way, so your hanger will look nice.  Avoid a twist in it.

For this Ornament, we've chosen a trim that must be sewn on by hand.  But most of the time, you'll have a trim to put on along the edge; so the trim goes face down first, outside edge of trim pointing to the inside of the front, against the right side of front, then the ribbon over it.  The order matters - this way will place the Ribbon Hanger behind the trim when the Ornament is turned.

Front to Ornament Back
Assembling the Ornament "sandwich"

Now place the front and back right sides together.  

Pin and stitch together, starting along the bottom edge (remember you need to leave about a 3" opening to turn with) and sew around the ornament to the bottom edge on the other side. 

 I like to stitch with the top up for two reasons: 1) I can make sure the open seams are stitched flat, and 2) since the trim & hanger were stitched to this side to hold them in place, I can see it and stitch just to the inside of this stitching, so it won't show when turned. 

Treemendous turned Ornament
Turned Ornament





Turn your ornament and pull out the corners and edges.

At the bottom, I used the tip of my iron to press a 1/4" seam across the opening on both front & back (you can see where I pinned it for the photo).  It makes it easier to hand stitch the opening shut later.









 It looks a little unfinished because it is!  Normally you would see the trim around the edge at this point, and all you'd have left is to stuff it, but since ours is to be handsewn on, there are still 2 steps left. And it will have such a cute trim - one of the glitzy ones in the Trims photo a few days ago.  Can you guess which one?

I'll be back later to show you!  Since that post will be fairly late, you may not see it until tomorrow, though.  So until then . . . .



It's a Digital World so Make an Ornament

We're just not letting up around here!

When I was busy in the "before" days, you'd hear me complain about running around everywhere, need to stay home, use too much gas.

Now it's my neck & shoulders hurt, my fingers are cramping and my eyes are tired!  This is it in a nutshell . . . . Digital Devices.  Computers, phones, iPods, iPads, MP3s, game players  . . . . . forgive me if I forgot your favorite!  Any one of them is enough to cause the listed symptoms, but most of us have multiples of these - plenty enough to do the trick.  We're always anticipating a new release, eager to toss aside the last 'amazement'.  Who would ever have imagined an antique or collectible called Atari?  And what about all those computers?  They're actually thought of as 'classic' and are known by make, model and year  . . . .  just like a car!

They're a necessity now.  

I'm hunched over them all the time.  My sewing machine (more computer then machine), my iMac, laptop, PC, iPad (like right now), iPhone,  . . . . . I could go on, but my fingers are cramping.  I needed an antidote.

So I got to thinking that some good, old-fashioned handwork (like embroidery & embellishment) would be just the thing.  So instead of handing off Ornament samples to be hand-stitched by someone else, I kept one group for myself.

And guess what?

I was hunched over!

My neck & shoulders hurt, my fingers were cramping, and my eyes were tired.

 I've really GOT to get out more!



OK.  So now you've probably figured out that I'm trying to distract you because I promised to finish-up the Tree-mendous Ornament yesterday and I'm LATE!  My fiberfill was hiding in the closet, but have it now and will post the finish later today.  See you in a bit!

Yours Always,




Making a "Tree-mendous" Ornament

Yesterday when you stopped by it was raining, then turned to mostly sprinkles.  But today it's starting to actually rain!  Yay!  It made a great day to curl up with a needle and work on my newest Ornament, Tree-mendous.

I couldn't take pictures of the embellishment process, but I'll explain below and THEN I'll Show & Tell you for the rest of it.  So grab your hat, this is kinda long, but I think you'll find it interesting, with a lot of tips & even a mini tutorial - here we go . . . . 

Treemendous tutorial photo #1

If you look back at this post photo a couple days ago, you can see that this is made from the choices on the right side of the photo.

Just Pieced:  It's so easy to do this one - just piece and embellish!  The pattern talks you through each step; putting the tree rows together, then piecing the front by adding the background rows in-between.  It would probably be best to quilt this one, but we didn't have time, so our samples for Quilt Market will not have any quilting. 

Now for Embellishment:  First I added the 3/16" buttons that you see above because the colors worked so well and I thought a variation in size would add interest.  I was really looking forward to using the little packages of sequins in the post photo (they were so darling), but when I added them to the lower tier of the tree last night, they just seemed distracting.  So I pulled out some of these little tiny (when I say tiny - these are probably 3/32"!), round sequins in pink, blue, gold and green, with beads to mostly match, and it worked!

I always say there's never enough embellishment, but I also know it's time to stop when it begins to take away from the look.  In this case I couldn't even get started, so simplifying was the answer. 

Here's a Tip:  As I stitched the sequins & beads on, I never cut my thread because the distance was SO small, but I knotted behind each one.  That's how I was able to remove the distracting (if cute) sequins without disturbing the rest.  And it saved me a lot of time not to have to remove them ALL.

Buttons for the Tree Trunk:  I found some buttons in decreasing sizes and the right colors.  They overlap the branches a little, but it makes everything look connected.

Fibers for the Button Embellishment:  The fibers used to sew the buttons on are an embellishment!  They are fairly thick in the needle and I had to use a large-eyed chenille needle (chenille needles are just a tapestry needle with a sharp point and like tapestry needles, they come with large eyes).  You may need to use an awl to start a hole in the fabric for each stitch depending on the fibers you choose, but mine worked fine with a little patient tugging.  As long as the fiber group will fit through the button holes, it will work.  Leave about 4" of tail to tie a square knot.  You may find it easier to do this if you sew the button on first with a single strand of sewing thread, once through the holes, just to hold it in place.

If you have Buttons with just 2 holes, turn them to the horizontal and go down from the top through one hole and come up through the other one.  

If your Buttons have 4 holes, you can just ignore the 2 vertical ones, or you can sew on this way:  Down from top through right horizontal hole, up through lower vertical hole, down again through the top vertical hole, then up through the left horizontal hole.  This leaves your tails so the knot will lie on the horizontal, which looks prettier!  Now it's time to tie the knot!

Square Knots are wonderful and will even keep pearl cotton from coming untied!  The reason it works is that the loops in the knot actually tighten on each other with movement, making it perfect for tied quilts & these buttons!  Here's a mini tutorial to help you learn to tie them.  Unfortunately, practice makes perfect!

Square knot tutorial 1



For this application, the 2 ends are on top of the button.  Another time the ends might be coming around something, but you would still have 2 ends to work with.

Get a length of something larger, like cord or rope and follow along so you can see what happens.






Square Knot tutorial 2

 Think about tying your shoes.  It's pretty much the same; it just matters which shoelace goes around the other one.  

In fact, this is a great knot for double tying your shoes - someone will have to wrestle you to get these babies untied!

The right side goes over the left on top, and then goes underneath it, which forms a loop.  Click on the image to enlarge it, so you can see better.

Square Knot tutorial 3



Now just pull the ends to tighten.

You're ready for the second loop.





Square Knot tutorial 4



This time the left side goes over the top of the right side, then back under it, forming another loop.

Click on the photo to see it up close.





Square Knot tutorial 5


Now pulls the ends to tighten.

You're DONE!

See how pretty it looks? 





Back to finishing the Ornament.

Tree-mendous finished buttons

Now to finish the ornament front, just trim the fibers a little past the edge of the button, as far as seems good to you.  I tried to fray some of them a little, just to make it more interesting - Don't worry, that knot is going to hold them!

Tree-mendous finished front


Here's the finished front!  Isn't it pretty?!?  You could do so many things on these trees - I was thinking about those little, teeny strings of miniature light bulbs that craft stores sell.  Wouldn't they be cute couched on top of the boughs?

So when you get to finish one for yourself, this is the point where you treat yourself to a cup of coffee (((((or a milkshake? shhhh))))) and take a few minutes to admire your work!

Tomorrow I'll be back to finish it, Sound Card and all!

Always Yours,



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