We have a very active toddler in our house. Which means limited options for Christmas decorations this year. We really want to put up a tree, so my mother in law suggested plastic ornaments on the bottom half. Good idea!!?? My husband was flipping though the DwellStudio catalogue and decided that I should make the ornaments. So here is my attempt at a “DwellStudio Inspired” fabric ornament..
My husband loves the ornament. I’m sure Tanner will think it is a ball to throw around. If you saw my post on Wednesday, I initially had no idea what the outcome would be. So I’m happy with the results and I plan to make more!! Hello red fabric. Hello sparkly white.. What do you think?
- 1/4 yard of colorful fabric
- Batting – Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece worked great for this project. This is a slightly thinner batting
- Sewing machine and sewing supplies
- Compass, pen and paper
- Iron and ironing board
Before we get sewing you need to make your pattern. Using your compass, draw a circle with a 5″ diameter. Note that this includes the seam allowance.
Alright let’s get sewing!
Cut out 18 fabric circles and 8 pieces of batting. You might want to cut out a few extras just for screw ups..
Fuse the batting to 8 circles. Place right sides together and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 1″ – 1-1/2″ opening to turn right side out. Press seam with an iron.
Notch the seam allowances about every 1/2″.
Turn right side out. Jiggle the seam allowance around so that the circle edge lays smooth.
Press with an iron to lay flat. Turn under the opening and press the seam allowance inwards. Pin if needed. Place into a sewing machine and edge stitch, stitch as closely to the edge as possible.
Lay one circle on top of the other. Place into the sewing machine and stitch together at the center. Back stitch at both ends. Press with an iron. You should have 4 circle sets.
Turn and fold the circle at the stitching line. The stitching line will now be sandwiched and you still have 2 layers of fabric. Press with an iron. This part gets tricky and you may need to play around with the fabric until you get something fun and pretty. I folded the circles one more time, but in the opposite direction. A swirly flowery shape appeared and I decided this would be the pattern for the ornament. Repeat for the other 3 circles sets. Once you have 4 of the same design, add a small piece of ribbon at that top and hand stitch them all together.. Ta- dah!