Day 8 of Cheryl’s blog challenge! I couldn’t resist re-sharing last year’s 🎄ornament idea – these are super-fast (little gifts for all of your dog-loving friends?) and SO sparkly ✨. No need for a fancy sewing machine, all you need is a simple zigzag stitch for these cuties 🐾😉.
This is a terrific project for Cheryl Sleboda’s magical product! The camera simply does not do justice to the sparkle factor ;). Yesterday when I could not find my small dog-bone-shaped ornaments for our little tabletop tree, I looked at my stack of Power Shine Glitter and realized I could improve upon my original design.
You will need:
-Power Shine Glitter, available from the Sew Much Cosplay website https://shop.muppin.com/product/power-shine-glitter-iron-on-vinyl
-backing fabric…I used the Diamond Dust collection from Windham Fabrics http://www.windhamfabrics.net/php/fabricshop/fabricshop.php?a=sc&Category=1239
-stiff fusible…I love Peltex II, but you only need one-sided fusible for this project since the glitter is pre-fused
-cookie cutters :)!
-decorative thread for both top and bobbin…I prefer the Metallics collection by Superior Threads for many of my holiday projects https://www.superiorthreads.com/thread/metallic
-pen for tracing shapes
-Goddess Sheet from Mistyfuse.com so that you do not fuse all to your ironing board 😉 http://mistyfuse.com/#goddess
-heavy decorative thread for hanging loop (I used Razzle Dazzle by Superior)
First, fuse fabric to one side of your fusible:
Next, fuse the glitter to the other side…
Now, you have a choice. You can peel off the protective layer from the glitter surfaces before tracing…the sandwich will be easier to mark and cut. Or, you can trace on top of the layer, cut then peel…and you will have a marvelous shape to use as a resist for acrylic paint on a different project. To illustrate, this is what I did with my Jackson shape for a postcard:
Ok, back to our project! After you have traced and cut your ornaments, they are ready to stitch:
Use the presser foot for zig zag stitches and stitch around the edges. Small technical note…if you have shapes with straight lines and little curves like these…make your stitch length smaller as you work your way around the round parts, it will make it easier to have a consistent look to the stitching.
Once you’ve stitched all of you pieces, cut some lengths of a heavy decorative thread and secure the midpoint of each to the middle of your ornaments with a few stitches. I like to then tie them in a knot, trim and fray the ends. Of course, if you are making much larger ornaments, you could use narrow ribbon or piping instead.
Such a fun holiday project, and a good way to keep younger members of the family busy (they can pick out the colors and do the tracing!)