Cutest Christmas Ornament- Craft Tutorial

Cutest Christmas Ornament- Craft Tutorial

Hello friends!  I hope you had a really lovely Thanksgiving!

I've been working on some fun Christmas crafts and this ornament ended up being such a fast and simple project I decided to share a little tutorial with all of you.  

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Necessary Supplies

  • Fusible Fleece Interfacing
  • Fabric Scraps
  • "Tree" pattern drawn on card stock and cut out. (I just drew my own... it measures 6 inches tall and is 3.5 inches across at the bottom.)
  • Non-food grade crafting cinnamon sticks.  I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby in the craft section.  You can use food grade but they might be more expensive.
  • Buttons
  • Jute Twine
  • Clover Wonder Clips= Art. No 3185
  • Clover Rotary Cutter- Art. No 7500
  • Ruler
  • Scissors- Art. No 4941
  • Needle and Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Glue Gun

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Instructions

Step One:  Start by cutting all your fabric pieces out.  You will need two pieces per tree.   You will also need to cut two from the fusible fleece interfacing.  Also cut twine to 11 inches long.  You will need one piece of twine for each tree.

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Step Two:  Iron a piece of fusible fleece to the back of each piece of fabric.  Always iron on the fabric side; not directly onto the interfacing.

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Step Three:  Lay the twine on the right side of a tree.  Be sure to place it as pictured above, both ends at the top of the point.  Use a Clover Wonder Clip to hold it in place.

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Step Four:  Place a second piece of fabric on top, right sides together.

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Step Five:  Use Wonder Clips to hold them together.

 

Step Six:  Sew 1/4 inch seam all the way around the tree, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning.

 

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Step Seven:  At the top of the tree point, I let the two pieces of twine stick out the sides at the very tip.  It helps to have them in the correct place when you turn right sides out.  Also, be careful that the length of twine stays in the center of the tree and you don't accidentally catch it in your seam.   I also back stitch a few times over the twine ends so they don't come out.

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Step Eight:  Clip all three corners... the bottom two as well as the top point.  Also cut off the twine ends.

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Step Nine:  Turn the right side of the tree out the opening in the bottom.  Once you get it started and can reach inside and get ahold of the twine then you can gently pull the twine through the opening until the entire tree comes out.  Do this gently so you don't accidentally pull the twine loose.  (If you backstitched a few time over the twine, it should not come loose.)

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Step Ten:  Push the corners out using the eraser end of a pencil.  You can use a sharper object but be careful not to push through the fabric.

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Step Eleven:  Turn the raw edges of the opening to the inside of the tree and iron in place.

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Step Twelve:  Push your cinnamon stick into the opening and make sure it is centered.  (You can make your tree trunk as long as you'd like by how much of it you push into the tree.)

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Step Thirteen:  Use hot glue to close the seam opening and attach the fabric to the cinnamon stick.

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Step Fourteen:  Use Wonder Clips to hold the seam closed until the glue dries.  This only takes a minute or less.

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Step Fifteen:  Now for the final step and the funnest to me!  Lets attach buttons!  You will sew a button to the front and one to the back at exactly the same spot.  So be sure to select buttons that are the same size and have the same amount of holes.  They do not need to look alike.  I use embroidery thread because it makes for a firm hold on the bottoms and you don't have to sew it as many times.

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Step Sixteen:  You are literally going to sew both buttons at the same time.  Start with your knot on the back and then place the button on that knot (hiding it).  You will sew your button just like you normally do at this point, but you will sew the second button on the back at the same time.  It can be a little tricky at first and you might have to move your needle around a bit to find the hole of the button on the back side.  But you'll get it!

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And you have finished your darling tree ornament!  

Hang your darling tree ornament and take pride that you made it!  I found that in making these in a production line, they were so fast and I was able to make a lot of them in no time at all.

I am selling some of mine at a little local farm store and I love how they looked when I hung them on the tree in the store.

Happy winter crafting my friends!

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~ Dori ~

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