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finishing the ornaments

Howto orn3

Howto orn3

The first batch of stitchable ornament kits are on their way and I thought that some might like a little more info on finishing them. There is a short version on the panel itself, but now that I've done it a few times, I have some helpful notes and an easy method to suggest.

When you have stitched the whole panel, press it face down and get the work wrinkles out. Tape it to a window and place a sheet of paper (I used standard white cardstock) over the panel. Trace the outer design shapes.

Howto orn4

Howto orn4

Howto orn1

Howto orn1

Cut them out on the inside of the shape lines and cut the ornaments out also but with a 1/4" allowance.

Howto orn 5

Howto orn 5

Snip vents all around any rounded edges, corners or angles. This makes it easier to fold under.

Howto orn6

Howto orn6

Place a few smudges of white glue on the paper template and attach it to the back of the ornament. Notice the word smudge- this means use as little glue as possible. You're aiming for tacky as it only needs to stay in place and too much glue will soak into the fabric and show on the front when it dries.

Howto orn8

Howto orn8

Add a few more glue smudges to the outer edges of the back of the paper template. With the right side of the ornament facing you (see above), fold the raw edges over onto the tacky back of the paper. Keep the finished front edge in mind as you roll and fold. Doesn't matter so much how the back looks so watch the front and try to neaten the stitched edge as you fold, staying true to the ornament design. Works really well and is super easy to do.

Howto orn7

Howto orn7

Howto orn2

Howto orn2

Lightly glue or sew the ornament (but seriously, you might as well glue because it's easier and looks perfectly fine) to the felt. Trim felt with pinkers so a scant 1/4" edge of felt shows all around.

Howto orn9

Howto orn9

Use red thread or a ribbon to make a hanging loop.

Shinebrite1

Shinebrite1

Hope that helps! I love mine- probably more than I should, but I think they are just about the cutest things ever!

gone stitchin'

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