Merry Christmas, all! I am here today to share a quick little project I recently did. I was invited to a “favorite things party,” in which you bring three (or five, depending on the party) of your favorite thing, wrapped individually to be given at the party. The things should be similar, if not identical. Each person draws names to determine who receives their gifts, and shares why they chose those items as well. By the end of the party, each person will have received three different gifts of other attendees’ favorite things. It was a fun concept, and I liked it a lot more than White Elephant parties. I had a hard time determining what to bring, but the host mentioned that since I love sewing, I should consider making handmade Christmas ornaments.
After that comment, I searched for tutorials or patterns for sewn Christmas ornaments. I chose the Suzy Quilts Stars Hollow Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial. I stopped by Joann and chose some festive fabrics to use and got to work. The central piece was “fussy cut” (and on the bias) to better utilize the print. Each ornament had a different sentiment on the center cut this way. The other fabrics were cut using standard quilting techniques but could easily have come from scraps if I had had some from a quilt.
I did skip the border for these handmade Christmas ornaments. I liked the look, and I had the fabric cut for it, but I decided they might be a bit too large. One change I would make in the future would be to cut the backing fabric on the bias as well if it has a print as mine did. I was a bit sad when I looked and saw the star backing was off-kilter.
These ornaments came together very quickly, and they seemed to be a big hit at the party. The three recipients’ eyes lit up when I announced I had made the ornaments in their gift bags! I plan to make more next year for my mom and mother-in-law!
Hopefully, 2022 will bring more time for sewing – it feels like all I made this year was my wedding dress! I have quite a few non-clothing projects I would like to tackle, so I’ll keep you all posted on those. Happy New Year!