Elf Pillows On Point – SewThankful 2009 Christmas Ornament

Dress up your tree, easy as can be!

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©Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. November 2009. All rights reserved.

Black & White Nine Patch with Red Yo-Yo Embellishment
Black & White Nine Patch with Red Yo-Yo Embellishment

Permission to copy and distribute this complimentary pattern at no charge to others, for personal or NON-PROFIT use, for guild and group projects is granted provided all copyright information and references to Sew Thankful are kept in tact one each and every pattern copy printed/distributed.

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Please read entire pattern carefully all the way through before beginning.

Materials required for each ornament:

  • Two new or leftover Quilt Blocks of your choice (unfinished 3.5” to 6.5”) OR two pieces of fabric (unfinished 3.5” to 6.5”).
    • Variations…You may choose to have one pieced/leftover quilt block and one side plain or both sides plain or both sides pieced.
    • Appliqué blocks work great too!
    • Whatever you choose, you need two units of fabric with the same unfinished measurements of 3.5” to 6.5” square.
    • Don’t have any leftover small quilt blocks? Or want to make something new/different?  Try our Block Variation #1
    • You can go larger or smaller if you wish, depending upon the size of your tree or where you will be hanging the ornament.  I find that smaller than 3.5” tends to disappear in the tree and much more than 6.5” tends to become overpowering.
  • Embellishments if desired
  • Coordinating thread for sewing
  • Polyfil/polyester stuffing or shredded batting scraps for stuffing
  • 10” piece of coordinating or contrasting ribbon – I prefer 1/8” inexpensive satin ribbon but silk ribbon or cording or yarn can be used if desired.

Helpful tools:  Awl, silk ribbon needle, hand sewing needle

Instructions:

Prepare fabric pieces (whether blocks or plain).  Add any desired embellishments now, but remember not to place beads or breakable embellishments too close to the .25 seam allowance at the outer edges of the block.

IDEAS: Embroider or quilt if desired.  Try a new technique like stenciling or Paintstik rubbing, experiment with fancy threads or Texture Magic. These pieces can be as plain or ornate as you wish.

Lay fabric pieces or blocks on top of each other with right sides together.

Using a quarter inch seam allowance, stitch around the entire block leaving approximately a 2” opening.

Press seam to set.  At the 2” un-sewn opening, press back the seam allowance ¼” on each side.

Clip corners, being careful not to cut into any stitching.

Leave approximately 2" opening, make a .25" seam all the way around. Press back opening on each side. Clip corners.
Leave approximately 2" opening, make a .25" seam all the way around. Press back opening on each side (as shown at top of pic). Clip corners.

Turn right side out.  Use chopstick or smallish crochet hook to push corners out.

Fill ornament with stuffing through the 2” opening. Fill as firmly or as loosely as you desire. Use a chopstick or fingers to carefully push the stuffing into the corners.

Whip or blind stitch the opening shut.

Decide which corner you want to place your hanging ribbon.  Use an awl to pierce the fabric and make a hang hole.  My preferred awl is the Clover Premier Tapered Awl.

Use an awl to make a hang hole.  If you don't have an awl, try using a darning needle or tapestry needle to enlarge an opening to accomodate the ribbon.
Use an awl to make a hang hole. If you don't have an awl, try using a darning needle or tapestry needle to enlarge an opening to accommodate the ribbon - then thread ribbon through the hole with a silk ribbon needle.

Thread the ribbon, cording or yarn through the hole and tie a knot at tail end.

Thread tails through then knot close to the end.
Thread tails through then knot close to the end.

Pull the knotted tail through the loop. Hang your beautiful ornament on your tree.

Knotted tails are pulled through the loop to the top.
Knotted tails are pulled through the loop to the top.

More stitched examples:

Finished_Red_White_9

Finished_Red_White_9_2

FinishedChristmas9Patch

FinishedRazzDazzTextureMagic
Texture Magic has been applied. Stitched with Razzle Dazzle Thread.
Back Side of the Texture Magic/Razzle Dazzle Ornament.  Tsukineko Ink was used to write Christmas 2009.
Back Side of the Texture Magic/Razzle Dazzle Ornament. Tsukineko Ink (using a brush tip Fantastix) was used to write Christmas 2009.

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Joan Hawley gives TWO more fabulous holiday projects

Have you read Lazy Girl, Joan Hawley’s blog entry from Monday this week? You really should check it out.  She provides two FABULOUS projects: an ornament and holiday garland.

Click here to check it out.

Free Fabric Ornament Project – 2008

2008 Free Ornament Project Samples
2008 Free Ornament Project Samples

These fabric ornaments are fast, easy and cute as can be. While they may not be the *most* elegant or ornate ornaments on the tree, they really play nice with others!You probably have everything you need to make a bunch of these beauties.  Use up scraps and dress up your tree; or add a special touch to your gift wrapping this year.

Fabric ornaments are my favorite — they’re soft, colorful and UNBREAKABLE!

NOTE:  This complimentary PDF projects require a recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (available for FREE from adobe.com).  Sorry, SewThankful is unable to provide technical assistance for Adobe products.

Happy Hollow Designs add Christmas Charm!

I fell in love with these adorable Happy Hollow Designs patterns at Houston Quilt Market…so of course I purchased the available shop samples (below) and ordered patterns.

HappyHollowMoonSanta

HappyHollowSpinningSantasStar

HappyHollowVintageYoYoSanta

Click here to check to take a closer look at these patterns at SewThankful.com.

Brighten up any room for the holidays — hang on your wall or dress up a table. It’s wonderful how these vintage/whimsical Santas bring out the child in all of us.

Yo-Yo Ornies appear around the internet!

Imagine my surprise and thrill to find several pictures of yo-yo ornaments (and variations) posted on the HGTV forum board — these pretty ornaments were made using my free Yo-Yo Orny pattern .  I was especially tickled because the poster does provide credit to my pattern.  Click here to take a look at these pretty examples…

Fabric yo-yo ornaments are sew pretty on your tree…but they also make beautiful embellishments to gift wrapping.

Would you like to take a closer look at the free  Yo-Yo Orny project?  Click here.