Today let's make a Poinsettia Christmas tree ornament!
This can be an entirely HAND sewing project or a combination of machine and hand sewing - so pick your style and have some fun!
For one ornament as shown above you will need:
1. ONE small doily (approximately 4'-5" in diameter)
2. FOUR circles from red fabric that are 5" in diameter
3. FOUR circles from different red fabric that are 3" in diameter
4. ONE circle from yellow fabric that is 2" in diameter
5. TWO circles from green fabric that are 5" in diameter
6. Piece of ribbon for hanging (about 6" long)
Here is what you need to do:
1. To mark the circles on the fabric, use anything that has a correct (or approximate) size you need. Layer as many layers of fabric as you can cut at the same time, pin together, mark the circles and cut with good sharp scissors. Of course, if you have one of those circle cutters, even better! (Photo A-C)
2. Cut all the circles IN HALF, except the 2" one from yellow fabric (I used ruler and rotary cuter for this)-Photo D
4. Turn all the resulting little "cones" (my kids used to call them Santa hats! :) ) right side out. You should have 8 large red, 6-8 smaller red (different red) and 3-4 green ones for ONE flower.(Photo 3) Reason I say 6-8 or 3-4 is because you can decide how many, depending on how you like your flower to look like - some creative space here! :)
5. To make the flower: take a needle and thread (color is not that important since it will not be visible at the end) and do a running stitch catching BOTH raw edges of the little cone you made (Photo F1). Pull the thread to gather it as much as it will go and secure the thread with a knot.(Photo F2) DON'T CUT IT! Just continue with another cone, and another..until you have all 8 of them together.(Photo F3) Attach the last one to the first one to complete the flower! (Photo F4)
6. Repeat this with 8 (or 6) of the smaller cones to make a smaller flower, as well as with 3-4 green cones to make leaves. You can attach two leaves together or leave them as single units.
6. Now is the time to assemble the whole flower! Here are all the pieces you will need:
Place small flower on top of the large one and either tack them together with few stitches or gule them together (around the center part) if you prefer. Place the Yo-Yo on top of the small flower - it should cover all the raw edges and gathering stitches. Again, stitch or glue it in place. Place leaves on the BACK of the flower where you like them and stitch of glue in place. Your flower can look like this:
7. To complete the ornament, make ONE MORE flower like this, or maybe in different color? Once you have two, it is time to assemble the ornament! Picture bellow shows you what you need - 2 flowers, piece of ribbon for hanging and a doily (I like to starch mine a bit - it stands better!)
Of course - please show me your creations (leave a comment, link to a photo, or your blog or...)
See you again here tomorrow with an easy but showy table runner!