It's getting nearer and nearer to Christmas, so you'll have to forgive my lateness on future posts as I finish decorating the tree, complete last-minute shopping, and bake several batches of cookies to send to college with my Freshman daughter.
Today's installment in my 12 Days of Christmas Gifts series is an adorable folded fabric Christmas tree ornament. It's so super-quick to make you really could whip up a few right now for last-minute gifts. Before I go on, I want to shout out to Brenna at Life After Laundry for the great idea! She's very creative and I hope you take the time to visit her blog. I've added my own touches to the ornament pattern because I can't help but do that and I hope you enjoy them.
This pattern makes two ornaments, and you'll need the following materials:
- Inner fabric scrap: One 8” circle
- Outer fabric scrap: One 8” circle
- Lightweight fusible interfacing: One 8” circle
- Ribbon or other trim for hanging loop
- Star button or similar trim
Cut out fabric and interfacing circles
You can make your tree ornaments any size. I typically trace around something circular such as a dessert or dinner plate and let it go at that. You’ll need two fabric circles—one cut from the Inner fabric and one from the Outer fabric.
Cut out the same sized circle from the fusible interfacing
Fuse the interfacing to the back side of the Outer fabric
Cut the circles in half
Sew the halves together
Lay one Inner fabric half-circle on top of an Outer fabric half-circle, RST. Sew, leaving an opening for turning. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your seam.
Repeat for the other set of half-circles.
Turn right side out and press
Trim corners and clip the curves. Turn the ornament right side out. Use a chopstick or knitting needle to poke out the corners. Fold in the seam allowance at the gap, and press.
Topstitch all the way around
Topstitch all the way around the half-circle, closing the gap. Load your machine with contrasting thread and use a decorative stitch if you like.
Fold the tree and tack it in place
Fold the fabric over as shown. I played with the placement of the folds for a while until I came up with a pattern I liked. I started with a circle that was roughly 7-3/4”, and my folds were placed at 1-1/4”, 2-1/2”, and 4-1/2” from the bottom.
Pin to hold the folds, and tack in place.
Attach a star button at the top of the tree
Attach hanging loop to the back of the ornament
So...wasn't that easy? Despite the late date, I encourage you to give them a try. They are super fast to make and aren't the results wonderful?