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Friday, December 3, 2010

.:Feature Friday - Atelier Caroline:.

Hello Sumo's Sweet Readers,

I'm Caroline from visiting from Atelier Caroline. I'm a wife and mom to a sweet 4-year old daughter. Together with my husband, we have been renovating a fixer upper house since 2004, mostly by ourselves. When I'm not at work, or not busy with taking care of my family or the house, I love to craft, sew and quilt for my family and friends. This year I have decided to go for a "handcrafted Christmas", meaning I've been making gifts for everyone on my Christmas list and also crafted ornaments for the past couple of weeks:

Today I am very happy to be here to share a tutorial for fabric Christmas ornaments. They are very simple and inexpensive to make: you can dig right into your fabric scraps bin.


- Fabric scraps - I chose satin and organza because I regularly raid the Joann's remnants bins to make dress up clothes and I always have a selection at home.

- If you are using satin or organza some Fray check

- Ribbon or golden string - about 5" per ornament

- Stuffing material - like Fiberfil

- Tissue paper and pencil

- Pins

- Sewing needles and thread

- Pinking scissors

- Sewing machine (optional but preferred)

- PDF pattern - or your own shapes- (I tested a lot of different ones and these worked the best)

First trace the outline of the ornaments on tissue paper - Not only is it faster to trace on tissue paper than on fabric but for lightweight fabrics it helps prevent puckering/bunching while machine stitching.

Cutout the shapes and place on your fabric - Leave a 1/4 inch sewing allowance when positioning the shapes. The fabrics should be placed right side together.

I used 3 layers for these ornaments : 2 layers of satin and 1 layer of organza with sequins

Cut a piece of golden string or ribbon about 5" long and tie the ends as shown below. The knot will prevent the string from getting pulled out from the seam.

Pin the string in position, making sure you are between the "outside" layers if you are using more than 2 layers and that the knot will be inside once the stitching is done.

Stitch the outline with your sewing machine, leaving a small opening (3/4 inch) preferably on a straight segment.

Pull the tissue paper away

With the pinking scissors, cutout the shapes leaving a 1/4 inch allowance

Dab some FrayCheck on the opening if you are using satin

Carefully clip excess fabric in the "peaks" and make a notch in each "groove" to avoid bulk/puckering once you turn the items right side out. There is a great tutorial here.

Turn the ornaments right side out

Carefully stuff each item and sew the opening. Remember that overstuffing will make it harder to stitch

A few stitches to close the opening (this is actually the step that takes the longest)

and there you are:

I made a total of 4 dozens to give away and use on my tree and around the house


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [04 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. Just wanted to stop by & say how nice it was for you to supply Bella with that adorable headband for her giveaway! That is so great. I am following your blog now. It looks cool by the way!

  3. How cute are these!
    Bella sent me!


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