Elf Pillows On Point – SewThankful 2009 Christmas Ornament

Dress up your tree, easy as can be!

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

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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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24 thoughts on “Elf Pillows On Point – SewThankful 2009 Christmas Ornament”

  1. Hi Tracy,
    Thank you for the cute ornament. I plan on making them for family members that will have their 1st Christmas tree and for friends that I am thankful to have.
    Linda

  2. Tracy, I’m so glad you posted the link to the elf pillow ornaments again. The black & white print one with the red yo-yo is my favorite. I hope to make some but I’m such a procrastinator, who knows, if, or when it will get done. Thanks again for this and all the patterns you have.

    Joyce

  3. Hi Tracy,
    Glad to hear your Thanksgiving was very nice and I know extra special with your daughter here for RR. Ours was quiet as our to maried son went to their in laws as we all trade yrs. Now they all’ll be here for Christmas.
    I love to red your newsletter and keep up with what you’re doing.
    Take care.

  4. Cute idea. Can possibly use photos on one side, if covered over with clear plastic? Or the small photo printed on cloth fabric sheets?

  5. I have not made one yet but I see so many possibilities for uses. With Valenting, St Patrick’s Day and Easter fabric out in our favorite shops we could put a hershey kiss in one, use as place cards, especially liked the embroidered name idea, for the holiday dinners and not just Christmas. My mind is just running wild with ideas so once again, Thank you Tracy.
    Evelyn M.
    Sequim WA

  6. Could also stick in packages for military overseas…it would be a little bit of home to hang in their area! I’m going to try for next year boxes from our Legion/Auxiliary. They need to know we support them. Thank you for the pattern.

  7. Thank you so much for these patterns. I needed to make an ornament for our
    quilt club Christmas party and did not have a clue as to what I was going to make. A friend found this web site and sent it to me. I know exactly what I am going to make now. God bless you and have a Merry Christmas.

  8. Thank You for all the patterns and encouraging words.
    Hope you have A Very Merry Christmas!
    “Thanks again”

  9. Tracy, what a great idea! I am going to make these for some wonderful grandkids and machine embroider their names on the fold edge of the pocket. I really enjoy your website and your many ideas.

  10. Of course! I bet it would be adorable too.

    I’m not familiar with “Dawn’s Rag Quilt”. But, for a raw, frayed edge finish I would stitch the blocks together (right sides out) with a wider seam allowance (.5″) leaving approximately 2″ opening, stuff, stitch the opening shut, carefully snip and fray the raw edges of the seam allowances, then add the hanging ribbon.

  11. Dawns rag quilt could be another version by clipping the edges and not turning it out will give it a country feel/look! I may try it because I sew with grandaughters and the simpler the better!!

  12. Love the ornament, Tracy. Thank you for sharing. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy,Healthy New Year.

  13. Hi Edie,

    Sure, you could absolutely do it that way. In fact, the first one I made I used that method but I didn’t like how it turned out. The satin ribbon shifted just a tiny hair and it didn’t hang as nicely as these do for me. It’s a personal preference thing, really. Whatever you choose, it should be the way you like it and it should be fun! Hugs & smiles from New Mexico.

    Tracy

  14. Tracy, How about tucking in a small loop of ribbon (between the right sides) with the raw ends in the seam allowance and sewing it right in. then, when it’s turned right side out, the ornament hanger is already there . . .
    Love your uplifting, encouraging comments. Thanks!
    Edie J.
    Minnesota

  15. Thank you Tracy for another very cute pattern. I have used almost all of the free patterns and just finished making the ornaments pattern. I am using them in place of bows on the packages that will be shipped out to friends and family. They can put them on their trees and won’t be crushed when arriving.

  16. Hi Dawn,

    In the 9-Patch pieced ornaments shown here the individual squares were 2 1/2″. I sewed them together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Using that method, my block (with unfinished edges) was 6 1/2″. When I sewed it to the backing fabric (or other block), the finished size is 6″.

    If you want to use 1 1/2″ squares, I would still recommend using a 1/4″ seam allowance (that is pretty standard in quilt block piecing). So, a 9-Patch pieced block using 1 1/2″ squares would give you a 3 1/2″ block (with unfinished edges). When you sew it to the backing fabric (or other block), the finished measurement would be 3″.

    Hope that helps. Merry Christmas!

    Tracy

  17. Beautiful ornament! I ahve a question. I have only done rag quilts but thought this would be great to learn how to quilt as I will be making a lot of them. So my question is how big are the squares? I was thnking 1 1/2″ with a 1.’ seam allowance.

    Thank you…Dawn

    Merry Christmas!

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