Never Too Late to be Early…

Jo Newsham © 2008

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Although I am writing this before Christmas (just), by the time it gets to you the Silly Season will be well gone. The trees and ornaments will be packed away for another year, the lights taken down, and the family dinners a fond memory (hopefully). Despite all this, I bring you another ornie tutorial. Here are a few things that I found out along the way while making this year's ornaments, and as the title says, “it’s never too late to be early”. Just file away this information and pull it out when the chrissy rush starts next year. However, I am sure I will find many other uses for these little tips and tricks for other projects; maybe you will too.

My step-daughter's boyfriend was joining us for dinner this year, and he has been around for a few years; long enough for me to think that he should get the same handmade ornie that the rest of the family gets every year. This wee decoration only took an hour or so to do, between roasting the lamb and peeling the veggies. It is a variation on the “tree” decoration from the CQMagOnline October 07 issue.

Materials Needed:

  • Muslin or other foundation fabric
  • Fusible interfacing/lining
  • Various goodies from the scrap bag
  • Cord or ribbon for hanging loop
  • Threads, beads, buttons and doo-dads for embellishing

I used a three inch square template to mark my foundation fabric. Once the block was pieced I have stitched ON THE LINE down two sides. This acts like a perforation along the fabric to give me a nice clean edge in a later step.

Here is the back of the block. The bottom and right side have been stitched along, and the opposite corner will be the top of the ornie. I have marked where I will turn this down later.

Here is how this will go together. At this point go and embellish your ornie in any way you choose. You could add beading just above the stitched line if you like (which will end up being the bottom edge). The only sewing left to do is stitching the seam up the back together, so beads and doo-dads, etc. won’t get in the way.

Here I have used my template to mark a three inch square on some fusible lining. Cut out the lining without seam allowance.

Here is the ornie all embellished and ready for the next step. Press down the seams that you stitched along earlier. I have made a nice wee mitred corner to keep it neat. Also press down your "top" corner.

Now take the fusible lining and iron onto the back of your ornie. Make sure that you cover the turned under seams. Snip the corner off the lining before pressing the top corner down. The lining holds everything in place without having to add extra bulk by stitching.

Now trim up your other two sides, and your cone is ready to stitch together.

You only need to sew that one seam. Once this is done turn your ornie right side out.

Decide what cord or ribbon you are going to use to hang your ornie. I like to tie mine trough a button. This ensures that your cord won’t pull through the hole at the top, and the roundness of the button gives a little extra stability to the shape.

Push your cord through the hole in the top. I have used the end of a paintbrush to help with this step.

Here is how the ornie looks on the inside now (sorry for the bad picture, but the recipient has already taken this home with him). You can see the button ‘hanger’ and my nice tidy seams fused down.

And here is the finished ornie. I have submitted some pictures to the Reader's Showcase of the others I did like this for the menfolk, and some ‘mini-trees’ I did for the gals in my family.

Enjoy…and I might just take my own advice and get started on next year's ornies now!

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