christmas quickies

December 7th, 2008

I made a round of ornaments to hand out to do-gooders this season – our friends who watched Sylvie the other morning so that I could go to an early meeting, another who invited us to her Christmas party… These were quick to whip up and as I dole them out, I’m wishing they weren’t so quick to give. I’d like to keep a few for myself.

The how-to:
– A few sheets of wool felt – I bought a few colorways at Joann’s one year, but Purl sells quarters
– A similarly sized sheet of stitch witchery
– A sewing machine laced up with coordinating thread
– Ribbon/string + an upholstery or yarn needle for making the hanger

Make a sandwich of wool felt, stitch witchery, wool felt. Iron until the stitch witchery has melted, fusing the pieces together. Start sewing parallel lines using your machine’s fancy stitches. Press a cookie cutter or glass into the felt to leave a pattern or freehand the shape you desire. Poke your ribbon hanger through the top, and voila!

I struggled to get the stitch witchery to melt, as the felt I used was pretty thick. Ultimately, just setting the iron on the felt for eternity fused the pieces. If my felt were a little thicker, I think these might be nice with a piece of fabric on one side. The process also works well for bookmarks.