I’m so excited today is our first day in the “Christmas Ornament Felt Along” series. The January patterns that are available are the “Owl” and the “Bear”. These are just examples of what can be done, use your own creativity and make these critters fit your own style and color scheme. There is no wrong way to do them. I also have a few tips for you that you may want to read before starting.
1. Start with the front felt layer (the body of the critter) and layer up from there.
2. Add the back of the critter last (you don’t want the stitching from the face on the back side.)
3. Don’t forget to add the ribbon or string to the top if you are making these into ornaments.
4. Embroidery floss come in 6 strands, separate the strands and use 3 at a time.
Felt – In your color choice, you can purchase felt in 8X10 sheets at any craft store for about 25¢ (make sure you keep your scraps from each sheet, you will be able to use them up on future critters)
Floss – Color of your choice.
Batting – If you choose to stuff them. (Mine are not stuffed, just so you get an idea of what unstuffed looks like)
String or Ribbon – For the hanger.
Scissors – For cutting out pattern.
Pins – For pinning pattern to the felt.
Printer – For printing pattern.
Many of you have commented that you will be doing this project with children, and I think that is a wonderful idea. These type of ornaments are the kind that get passed down from generation to generation and never seem to go out of style. If you feel the stitching part is to hard for kids you can always use fabric glue to assemble them. Another thought I had was you may want to sign the back of the ornament with your initials and the year, maybe with a sharpie, I know for me as time goes on my memory gets worse and it would be a good reminder of when I made them.
Here’s what I call my “Travel Critter Kit,” It’s a great way to get some stitching done while hubby drives. I picked up a small container at the Dollar Store, load it up with my cut out pattern pieces, a needle, embroidery floss, a tiny pair of scissors, pins, string and my spectacles. And I tape the pattern I will be making to the lid to use as reference. We live so far from everything that I can normally get two critters done while riding to town.
Below you will find the “Owl” pattern available for download, after you do that head over to Mockingbird Hill Cottage where you can see two more examples of the “Owl” and “Bear” and there you will also find the “Bear Pattern” available to download.
Make sure you come back on January 27th, that’s when Claudia and I will be hosting the Linky party. We all want to see how each persons ornament turned out so mark your calendar 🙂 Also if you are enjoying this series share it with your friends, I am looking forward to seeing how creative you all are. For those of you who don’t blog but will be following this series, you will be able to submit your photo by email the day of the Linky party. I would like everyone to have an opportunity to show off your critters. We will do a collage post that showcases all the talent and creativity out there.
Now let the ornament making begin 🙂