Tuesday, January 3, 2012

{Post #870} 2012 Ornament

As many of you know, I have eight children.  I have purchased or made them an ornament every year.  They all have at least one "baby's first Christmas" ornament. 

Every year I have added one ornament to their personal collections.  The 2011 ones were sleds with greenery and working parts on the sleds. 

I am revealing the 2012 ones here.  Made the first one tonight.  The red fabric will not be the same on every one.  This was a sample to see how easy they were to make.

As with every new craft, I learned a little along the way.  The balls are 2-1/2" across (in diameter).  I am going to attach a button with a thin ribbon through it for hanging later.  The cream fabric looks like it's sponge painted with taupe and glittery gold.  Very pretty in person!

Here is my pattern source.  http://crafterwithoutacat.blogspot.com/2009/08/ornament-tutorial.html.  I made a few changes since the styrofoam balls I used were 2-1/2" in diameter instead of the 3" they recommend.  To make it a tiny bit smaller, I put my red fabrics 3/8" from the center and the next cream ones 1/2" from the reds.  It all matched up nicely on the sides.  I could not find 1/2" long sequin pins, so I used the smallest pins I could find, which were 1-1/16" long.  There was no problem using the longer ones.



Leeanne said...

yeah Joan, what a sweet idea for your kids!
I made some of these last year, they are great, and fairly easy, just a bit of tweaking the first time. I put a nice lace on the centre of mine.

rubyslipperz said...

I remember makeing this many years ago...yeah, I'm old, vintage as some refer to here in blogland. =P

I really like the idea of making them smaller. thanks for the link and the extra instructions. =)


Ruth said...

Very Pretty! It's a good idea to make them now. Last year I made ornaments for the grandchildren (5) in January and I might do that again. I don't know yet what I'll make, but I will keep this one in mind. Of course, I also made some for our sons & DILs. (only 3). I was just thinking that if you also make ornaments for your grandchildren when they start coming along, with 8 children, who knows how many GC you will have. It could be quite a few! You would definitely need to start in January in that case. Hee Hee!

Cindy said...

I like the red and white... I've always wanted to make these.

Me and My Stitches said...

I love these! I found a youtube video the other day for these and they are now on my list. I WILL get them done before next Christmas!

momtofatdogs said...

Thank You , Joan! I very nearly bought instructions how to do this off etsy just last week! Ha! Now I don't have to. You saved me $9. I will definately make some for myself & my daughters.