Earlier this week I wrote about the ornament swap from the Indy Modern Quilt Guild and the ornaments I received and created here. Well with about 30 minutes you can make your own pretty easily. Two versions are available, a standing option and a hanging option.
I started with these vintage thread spools from my stash. My mom found a sewing chair years ago at an estate sale and it was full of goodies.
Then I coordinated with the Blend Tinsel scraps I had leftover from potholders. These are 6″ squares.
Fold the square in half with right sides facing each other.
Draw the shape you want. I chose a U shape. When marking on fabric I use a disappearing ink pen to mark my lines. You could use a regular marker as well since you will be leaving a seam allowance and turning the U inside out. At the pin there is a 4″ ribbon loop inserted to hang the ornament.
Sew the line you drew and cut a 1/4″ seam allowance outside of the line.
Turn the U inside out. Use scrap batting to stuff U to fill it out.
Once the U is as full as you like, gather the fabric at the open end. I folded mine in like a present.
Add a dab of hot glue to hold the fabric together. Once dry add another dab of hot glue and adhere the thread spool over the closure. Press hard to help it adhere.
Hold for a minute or two and there you go. Hanging Christmas tree inspired Christmas ornaments.
Note: There are tutorials out there to make this more of light bulb look. However I tried it and it didn’t look right. So I flipped the hanging part over and the trees were much better.
hanging and standing options
Well the Christmas tree is still in one piece at our house. We have remembered to water it and the dogs haven’t tried to eat it. So far it’s a success.
The tree doesn’t have a ton of ornaments…yet. Every year the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild does an ornament exchange with our Holiday meeting. I had poured over Pinterest and the internet to get some inspiration. I found this tutorial that was more what I was looking for.
From @KoJo Designs. Click on photo to head to tutorial.
I found these vintage thread spools in my collection and thought they would be a great start.
From my holiday potholders there were plenty of Blend Tinsel’s fabric left. The colors in the prints coordinated pretty well the colors on the spools.
Here is the tutorial for making your own version.
Here are the ornaments I took with me to the swap. Meghan over at Calvin & Carolyn received my ornament. I hope she doesn’t get mad at me for posting her picture.
This was the ornament I came home with. By chance I also go Meghan’s ornament.
It’s already on the tree and I love it.
All the ladies made wonderful ornaments and you can see their work here.
Oh man I realized I had not created my wishlist for Christmas. I’m sure my wonderful mother-in-law has scoured quilts stores to get ideas. Normally I wouldn’t make a list but this year I’ve been hearting and pinning fabrics and notions to buy at a later date. The list will be helpful for any birthday present ideas. My birthday is coming up you know.
Happy Go Lucky Fat Quarter Bundle
From poppyseedfabrics on Etsy
This fabric had me drooling when it came out, but I resisted. For 2014 I’m playing around with the theme Vintage Modern and this fabric is perfect.
The Staple Dress Pattern
Many stores have it but since I love to support local, Crimson Tate has it in stock. Why Heather’s store? She is the most energetic and enthusiastic person I know when it comes to fabric and quilting. I always leave her store in the best mood. You know a Crimson Tate gift card isn’t a bad idea
Significant Moments Ring
From Megan Martin Artisan on Etsy
I can think of a few moments that I will always treasure the date. The ring is simple and makes a statement at the same time. Plus Megan uses eco friendly sterling silver in her products. Cute, supporting local, and thinking of the environment, that’s a tri-fecta for me folks.
Bacon Marm from ScratchTruck
This will change your life.
Scratch has one of the best burgers I have ever had!!! Pretty sure the secret is the this bacon marmalade. I am not a food snob but when their is a line of food trucks and I have to choose, they are one of my top choices. They started selling it this year and I can’t wait to get my hands on a jar of it. This may be in a few people’s stockings this year…maybe.
I am very excited to show our first Christmas tree to everyone. My husband and I have been battling it out over real tree vs fake tree for 8.5 years. Due to our battle, we have NEVER had a Christmas tree. Here it is. **For the record my husband won the fake vs real tree battle.**
Now it’s time to get decorations that fit my style. My friend got married last weekend and gave me a cute notepad that I think is pretty close to what I envision my Christmas style is. Reindeer, snowflakes, white, red, gray and maybe some wood thrown in there for a more natural feel. Her wedding favors were red bulb ornaments. I may collected a few to take home and put to good use.
Hopefully I can find the limited number of ornaments I have collected over the years. Where did I put that box when we organized the basement last year?
little box of holiday items
After opening most of the boxes in the basement I found some of the ornaments and decorations I have gotten over the years.
Last night Porter played and I decorated the tree. Of course I want more ornaments, but for now I’m happy with the result.
The house smells pine. Now I need to keep a baby and two dogs away from the tree. Let the fun begin.
While I was pregnant hubby and I decided we wanted to cloth diaper our son. We attended a class and looked at all our options. Made our selection and went back to get them when he was around 2 months old and hit the 8 pound mark.
It has been one the best things for us. Yes it’s more laundry and I have to scrape poop off diapers, yep I said it. Note ** don’t use the spatula in our downstairs bathroom, it’s the poop spatula. P rarely has diaper rash and it’s become our normal. Here is a great blog post about cloth diaper options.
So what do we do with all the diapers when they are wet or dirty. Put them in a bag. I hate using plastic, it makes my skin crawl. During my pregnancy I picked up laminated cotton to use for a food mat when P got older, but it’s going towards wet bags now.
I have NEVER sewn a zipper into anything. Zippers scare me and the thought of adding them into something makes so nervous. Last week I bought a zipper and decided I wanted to give it a try. Well this is the result…
What a mess! Good thing it’s just staying at home. I want something I will be proud to keep in the diaper bag and send to daycare. I’m off to try again and actually use a tutorial this time to help me. Craftbuds has what looks to be an easy tutorial for making a zippered bag.
I could rip all the stitches out and start again…probably not.