Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Christmas In July!

My lovely friend Debbie at Sew So Easy is having a fun Christmas In July Series! I'm one of those Christmas fanatics who hums carols from Halloween to Valentines day, so I just had to say yes. She has a cute tutorial for a 3 dimensional  felt Christmas tree, and asked us to 'help' decorate it with handmade ornament tutorials. Here is one of my favorite ornament posts from last year. 

I know I can't be the only one who loves to hang on to her kid's baby clothes. This romper was one that both my daughter and I loved-- especially for the fun flower applique! I have been trying to find a way to refashion it since she out grew it. And this year, I finally found the perfect solution-- an ornament!

To start, I removed the parts of the applique that I didn't want (the stem).
 To cut out the applique you can simply follow the shape of the applique or use another shape all together. I use a hexagon template from the Blue Chair.

Cut a backing piece the same shape.
 Place a string or ribbon loop at the top of the ornament...
 ... and then stack the two pieces right sides together.
 Sew along the edges, leaving a small opening for turning.

Turn, and slip stitch the opening closed. Now you have a little bit of your kid's babyhood for your Christmas Tree. Looking for more handmade ornaments? You can see more of my ornament tutorials here, here and here!

Have you checked out Love Quilting lately? They've recently started offering kits (you just might see something from your's truly on their site!) Right now I'm loving this Weekend Retreat Fat Quarter set for under 30 bucks-- It's so summery! With a few primary color solids, it would make a great quilt for a baby boy.