I love adding new ornaments to my tree, especially if they are meaningful. One of my favorite kind of ornament is something handmade by one of my quilting buddies. Every two years, my Guild presents a big quilt show and there are often ornaments, handmade by my fellow Guild members, for sale at the show.
At a show several years ago, I picked up a folded fabric flower ornament. I looked it over, and it turns out it's pretty easy to make.
Here's what you'll need to make a folded flower Christmas ornament:
- 2 squares of coordinating Christmas fabric
- A button or bell to decorate the center of the flower
- Small bit of ribbon to use as the ornament hanger
Cut two circles from coordinating Christmas Fabric
Find something circular in the size you want to use, such as a dinner/dessert plate, soup bowl, or large cup. I typically use circles that are between 6 to 8 inches because they result in a nice sized ornament. You can use a smaller size if you like, but I wouldn't personally go any larger than 8". Today I'm making an ornament based on an 8-inch circle that I created by tracing around a soup bowl.
Trace around the object you selected, marking the back of your two fabric scraps. Carefully cut out the circles.
sew 1/4 seam all the way around, leaving an opening for turning
Place the two circles RST then sew all the way around using a 1/4-inch seam. Be sure to leave an opening for turning the circle right side out.
Clip the curves to ease the fabric before turning
Turn the circle right side out and press
Use a knitting needle or chopstick to push out seam. Turn under the seam at the opening. Press.
Tuck hanger loop in the opening and pin it in place
Top stitch all the way around, 1/8” to close the opening
Position the hanger loop at 45 degrees, as shown
Place the sewn circle with the fabric you want to feature inside the petals right side up. I want to feature the poinsettia fabric, so I'm placing that right side up.
Fold the circle in half, positioning the hanger loop at 45 degree angle as shown. Notice that my feature fabric--the poinsettia fabric--is on the inside now.
Pin the half circle (the "taco") at 12 o’clock and 9 o’clock.
whipstitch the circle at 12 o'clock
Knot your thread with a quilter’s knot. Bring up the thread from the inside of the "taco" at the 12 o'clock point to hide the knot. Whipstitch the two sides of the "taco" to hold them firmly in place.
Fold the circle up in the other direction and whipstitch
Fold up the “taco”again, bringing the points at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock together. Pin. Whipstitch through all four points, bringing up the knotted thread from the inside as before.
Sew a button or bell to middle of flower
Fold back each corner, creating petals
Finger press the ornament flat, creating a square. Fold back each corner to create petals. After that, you can press with an iron if your ornament is not really laying flat.
That’s it! Isn’t she a beauty? And so quick and easy, too.