As you may recall, every year I buy a heart ornament for our Christmas tree, in memory of our first son. Funnily enough, even with all the crafting I do, I struggle to recall one I MADE. This year I got a little fabric heart, dotty material, with one big button sewn in the middle. Well heck – I could make that easy. I didn’t. I made something else. I have gotten a couple of packs of felt as a cover gift from CB, and it seemed the perfect thing to experiment with. I have a dim memory of something I saw a couple of years back, can’t find it, but think I (more or less) know what to do.
1. Take a piece of felt. Mine is pretty stiff. The thin craft felt sheets may be too thin and floppy. Cut it into two equal rectangles. My hearts are quite small, as the cover-gift pieces are small, about 7 inch square. That gave me two rectangles of 3.5 x 7 and I would say 4 or 4.5 inches would have been better.
2. Mark off lines. I did 3/4 inch but 1 inch would be OK. 1/2 inch or less would be tricky when it comes to the cutting. You will need to be REALLY careful about the placement of the hanger and the scissors.
3. Cut hangers. I used thick baker’s twine and about 12 inches folded to 6 inches. Depending on how long a hanger you want and you finish them you can get away with less. Tap them to the felt with low tack/painter’s tape to hold them in place. Position them centred within the lines with the hanging loop as far from the edge as you like. The loop-to-seam measurement is the length of the hanging loop. My loops are short, as we use hooks for the ornaments on our tree.
4. Lay the other piece of felt over the top
I pinned them but you may not feel the need to
5. Sew a 1/4 seam along that edge, capturing the hanger.
6. Open out the piece, flipping it around so the two outsides are now INSIDE. I added a piece of tape, sticky side UP, and once again lined up the twine ends centred within the lines. The seam should be folded to about the mid-line, then the raw edge folded over to met the other raw edge.
I didn’t feel the need to pin this time, as I was able to see the lines and scoot the twine to position it centrally as I was sewing.
I took some better shots of this step dong the red ones. These only catch the hanger loop end but the folding to sew is clearer. Folding to the mid-line
Folding the raw edge over to meet
Matching the edges
You can see the heart shape better from this angle. Sewing the other edge – even tho’ I used the green thread it just disappears in the bright red! Sorry.
All you need to do now is cut along the lines to separate the ornaments! As long as you have been careful in catching the twine you shouldn’t cut thru it if you cut along the lines.
How you finish them off is up to you:
Sorry for the crappy photo.
You can do a lot MORE, depending on how fiddly you want to make the process. Sew a button to the inside, add jingle bells or a button to the bottom, stick or sew small buttons or beads to the outside…but really, the simple version is cute enough.
A couple of things: If you only want the hanger and not twine/yarn/ribbon thru the middle that is easier. Just sew the loop inside then fold and sew. BUT do keep in mind this really had to be stiff felt, and it is likely to get our of shape over time. See the left one below? Just tugging on the hanger pulls it out of shape. It’s catching both ends of the hanger that holds the heart shape.
I think these would be so cute in a thinner version as present adornments, don’t you?
Gosh, sorry for all the photos in poor light. But I hope the concept is clear enough for you to follow. I think these would be perfect for a craft fair, for example. With 2 minutes sewing and a little cutting you could have a pile of ornaments for pennies. Perfect for kids with pocket-money to spend, even at 50p your could raise a lot for charity….
just a thought….