Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornament ~ A Tutorial

Every Christmas since my kiddos were born I have bought them an ornament with their name and the year.  The first few years after they were both born I bought them nice, expensive ornaments from Lenox.  While beautiful, there are a couple of problems with them:

1. They are breakable (so the kids can't touch).
2. They end up being about $50.00 after shipping (Ugh.)
3. They are store bought and leave me cold...

So, a few years ago I decided we needed something more we started buying our Christmas ornaments from various Etsy shops, they have always been ADORABLE and feel much more personal, but are not always inexpensive (and I am pretty cheap).

So this year I decided to make ours!  They were super simple to make, the kids love them and they can actually touch them without me worrying about them getting broken!  They also cost about $1.00 each to make and I used up some of my scraps (although I have enough scraps to make about 3 million more).

I started with a 3 inch embroidery hoop from my local Hobby Lobby (only .69 cents) and a scrap piece of Kona in gray.  I wrote her name and the year with a pencil and embroidered it with a split stitch.

Then I trimmed it to about 3/4 inches above the embroidery and 3/4 inches below.  Next I dug through my scraps (which took me about an hour to decide which ones to use, ha!) and put a strip at the top and one at the bottom using 1/4 inch inseam.
Next I flipped it over and put a thin line of good old Elmer's glue around the back of the hoop.  (Be sure to ignore the sloppy back of my embroidery). 
Then press the fabric inward so all of the edges are glued down.  Place something about that same size inside of the hoop to hold the sides down.
Once it is dry, carefully trim the excess fabric from the back of the hoop.
Next grab a couple of 1/4 inch thick ribbons in adorable Christmas colors and loop them through the top, tie a knot, now trim your ribbons so they look presentable.
And there you have it!  Make sure to make another one for your son so he feels special too!  :)

Let me know if you have any questions!


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  1. Love this!! I need to make these for the girls!

  2. I'm going to make them, too! Great job!