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Christmas Greenery Storage with oly-fun*

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Christmas Greenery Storage with oly-fun™ Final

The holidays are officially over and it is getting close to the time for our annual family event entitled ‘ Mom is having us over to dinner so we can help put away Christmas ornaments”. I will say however that the family is getting harder and harder to convince that they should help as they now have their own homes. Oh well, I guess it just might be my husband and I at this upcoming annual event. Now what to make for dinner to convince him this will be a good idea.

Part of the holiday tradition is packing the decorations up in nice, neat storage containers. I wanted something special for the lighted garland I purchased this year and oly-fun* was the perfect fabric to use when creating this simple drawstring bag. I created this quick tutorial just in case you would like to make one as well.

Supplies for Christmas Greenery Storage:

  • oly*fun™ Cherry Pop, Kiwi & Clover
  • Grosgrain Ribbon – 1 1/2 yards of 1 inch wide
  • Materials to make tag (optional)
  • Basic Sewing Supplies; Sewing machine, Iron, Pressing cloth,  Needle & Thread, Large safety pin, etc.

Instructions for Christmas Greenery Storage:

When pressing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Never touch a hot iron directly to oly*fun™. Both sides of oly*fun™ may be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look. All seams will be 1/2 inch unless otherwise indicated in the instructions.

A:  Cut the following pieces from oly*fun™  Cut two 20 inch by 42 inch lengths of  15(h)” x 22(w)” rectangles, one each from Cherry Pop and Clover. Cut one 1 1/2 inch by 44 inch rectangle from Kiwi.

B.  With right sides together; stitch together the Cherry Pop and Clover rectangles, stitching along the 42 inch sides.

C.  Press the seam to one side and top stitch.

D. Turn over the top edge of the bag 2 inches and press.

E.  With right sides together, stitch the center back seam.

F.  Press the seam open and finger press a crease along the sides of the bag.

G.   Box the bottom corners of the bag by folding the bottom seam line flat matching it to the sides (creased line made earlier). Stitch across the bottom fold on either side, measuring down 2 1/2 inches from the point.

H.  Turn under 1 inch at either end of the Kiwi rectangle cut earlier. Pin it to the bag, 1 1/2 inches down from the top edge. Top stitch along either side forming a casing. 

I.  Insert the ribbon through the casing. Thread the ribbon through the casing using a large pin attached to one end of the ribbon.  Decorate your bag with a handmade tag if desired.

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Embroidered Baby Ornaments

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Are you looking for some great Handmade Holiday Gift ideas? If so, you have come by at just the right time. Some of my favorite bloggers and generally super creative friends have put together a plethora of ideas for you to choose from when looking for your next project. Here is just a glimpse of what you will find as you hop through the idea catalogue. As you scroll past the 99+ graphic you will find my contribution to the hop. Embroidered Baby Ornaments……

99 Handmade Holiday Gifts from your favorite DIY bloggers

 And here you are…get ready for some fast and easy sewing while creating these sure to be a wonderful edition to any tree…. Easy instructions linked to my step by step diagrams will assure success at every turn.

  Embroidered Baby Ornaments Final

What can be more exciting than a new baby celebrating their first Christmas? Babies are exciting and whether it is their first Christmas or the first Christmas that you get to meet them, it needs to be remembered with a special Christmas ornament. I chose a soft palette of colors for this duo of baby inspired ornaments and Yes, I was thinking of the latest addition to our growing family, who happens to be a girl. Choose your own color palette and with the addition of  some of your favorite embroidery stitches, built right into your sewing machine, this project will take little time and will no doubt become a holiday favorite.




Pattern, Wool blend felt in assorted colors,poly-fil® polyester fiberfill, HeatnBond® iron-on adhesive, Ribbon, Pompoms, Buttons, Embroidery Floss & needle. Sewing machine, Iron and Basic sewing supplies


How to:


Note: Directions are the same for both ornaments


A.  Cut out a front and back of the ornament from green felt using the pattern provided. Cut out the bib pocket from green felt.


B.   Sew parallel lines of decorative stitching on the white felt.  Fuse iron-on adhesive to the back of the embroidered felt.


C.  Using the pattern piece labelled ’embroidered front’ cut out from the white felt.


D. Fuse iron-on adhesive to the back of a piece of pink felt. Remove the paper backing from the embroidered cut out and iron to a piece of pink felt, leaving a 1/4 inch space around the outside edge.


E. Cut around the embroidered felt cut out leaving a 1/8 inch border of pink felt showing.


F.  Remove the paper backing from the pink felt. Center the pink felt cut out on top of one of the green felt pieces cut earlier and fuse, creating the ornament front.


G.  Lay the ornament front on top of the remaining green felt cut out, right sides out.


H.  Sew a blanket stitch using the embroidery thread and needle around the outside edges of the ornament, stitching the two pieces together and leaving the neckline open.


I.  Attach the front pocket by sewing a blanket stitch around the outside edges, leaving the top edge open. Fill the ornament with poly-fil stuffing and sew the opening closed. Embellish the ornament using the ribbon, buttons and/or the pompoms. Create a hanging loop using additional ribbon. Refer to the project photo for ideas.



Embroidered Baby Ornaments

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