Scandinavian Fabric Christmas Ornaments

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Handmade Fabric Christmas Ornaments
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What did I say about the crazy weather here. We’ve gone from arctic last week to desert heat wave mode at a blazing 35 degrees today! It’s still spring in here? What’s summer going to be! I reckon it’s now dangerous even to collect the mail outside by the lawn as I think the hair on my fringe had singed just a little from the sun being as treacherous as a blow torch. My head’s on fire. With Christmas craft ideas anyway!

As we approach the holiday season, I contemplate fleeing from this scorching heat to spend a white Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere…somewhere Nordic? An idea obviously triggered from just looking at my fabric stash. Just gotta love Scandinavian prints and design— I just love its signature organic motifs, especially its versatility. It manages to somehow work in a child’s room decor as much as anywhere else. Mostly I love that it represents a modernist approach and design movement characterised by sheer simplicity, minimalism and functionality.

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more fun making them yourself!
Fabric Christmas Ornaments
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stamp onto patterned fabric
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Two of my favourite fabrics have got to be these Scandi Reindeer and Traditional Scandi Print designs in natural cotton. I’ve saved them for Christmas and now they’re perfect for the season and for some handmade ornaments! To complement these fabric prints, I’ve been dabbling in fabric stamping (which I’ve not indulged in for a while now)and am happy to report that black stamped ink works so beautifully with white natural cotton to produce a range of handmade Christmas ornaments that look as rustic and Scandinavian as it can get! Well if I can’t have a white wintry Scandinavian Christmas, I could at the very least, imagine one by just enjoying my homemade Christmas ornaments. What are you making for Christmas? Do share your pictures with us. It would be great to showcase some readers’ crafts!
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vintage dress ornament
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fabric ornaments
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Handmade Scandinavian Fabric Christmas Ornaments
Time: 1 hour (6 ornaments)
Materials:
Scandi print fabric x 2 patterns
Natural cotton (plain) fabric
Synthetic Fibre filling (for making stuffed toys)
Black ink stamp pad (preferably for fabrics)
Clear Acrylic Stamps (Kaiser Craft) – Christmas design
Clear Stamp Block
Red sewing thread
White sewing thread
Butcher’s twine (or substitute with any string/ribbon of choice)

Equipment & Tools:
Sewing Machine
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil

Directions: (Heart and Star Fabric Ornaments)

Draw a star and heart motif on a heavy card stock or cardboard to use as templates to trace onto the reverse side of your fabric. Make these any size of your preference. I used a 8cm height for the heart shape and about 11cm for the star.

Place each star or heart template onto the reverse side of your Scandi fabric and trace around the template. You’ll need 2 pieces (one for the front and the the other for the back) per ornament. I used a different fabric for its front and back for contrast in some of the examples pictured. Allow about at least 1cm of extra fabric around the whole star or heart shape. Draw around this ‘extra allowance of 1 cm’ around the shape using your pencil.

Cut these templates out. Insert the butcher’s twine (or ribbon or string) by folding the desired length into half and inserting the looped end into the top of the ornament. The ‘free ends’ should be at the top. Use a piece of scotch tape to press down the twine (as pictured) so as to prevent it from being sewn over accidentally.

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sew over free ends of twine
tuck in the looped end in between
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twine on the right side ready to hang
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Using a sewing machine, stitch the star or heart shape using your penciled shape as a guide. Sew the 2 pieces of fabric together, leaving about 3 cm free to allow for stuffing. Turn it inside out, and insert stuffing using a pencil or chopstick to fill the corners tightly.

Stitch the gap using blanket stitching.

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the making of a star..
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gold and black ink effects
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more fun than stuffing a turkey?
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Directions: (Stamped Ink Ornaments)
Stamp your image onto natural cotton fabric, then using a pencil and ruler, draw a rectangle around the stamped image on the reversed side. Allow about at least 2 to 2.5 cm around the whole rectangle—this will allow you to cut the fabric around the rectangle and sew onto the pencil-marked rectangle on the fabric’s reverse side.

Cut these templates out. Insert the butcher’s twine (or ribbon or string) by folding the desired length into half and inserting the looped end into the top of the ornament. The ‘free ends’ should be at the top. Use a piece of scotch tape to press down the twine (as pictured) so as to prevent it from being sewn over accidentally.

Sew the 2 pieces of fabric together, leaving about 3 cm free to allow for stuffing. Turn it inside out, and insert stuffing using a pencil or chopstick to fill the corners tightly.

Stitch the gap using blanket stitching.
stuffed ornaments

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