I usually avoid craft kits kits like the plague, preferring to take an idea, and build more or less the same item out of my own materials… but this time I happened to see a kit whilst browsing a craft website looking for something else, my daughter took a shine to it and on a whim I bought it. As usual with 8 year old kids, by the time it actually arrived in the post, daughter had lost interest and found yet another thing to fancy and beg for… (which for me wallet burned and lesson learned, No, I didn’t buy)
Since I didn’t want it to let it sit in the cupboard forever looking forlorn and surprising myself that I actually liked it a lot more once it arrived than when I had seen it in the photo… I picked it up to make one of the ornaments for a friend who I know appreciates hand crafted gifts.
So I sat down one evening and got going with the pattern… first cut out the pieces you need (there were several patterns of various shapes in the kit)… I did also photocopy the felt pattern itself because then if I wanted to make more of them later, I could get them all the same size. (personal use only, we are not talking mass production here LOL)
Using a metallic thread, lazy daisy stitch an inner circle as marked…
Then using tiny cur out circles in cream felt, sew them on.. you can use a simple running stitch to secure it but I prefer Blanket stitch because I like the neater outer edge…
Then in the center of the wreath, sew a ring of sequins using seed beeds in the middle to keep them in place. ( a beading needle makes this quick work…)
Then add sequins in the center of the cream circles, secured with larger circular beads…
Then, after cutting out the center hole, I sewed the backing layer to the front side using Blanket Stitch.
I then Blanket Stitched the outer edges together and once several scalloped edges had been completed, I stuffed it with small bits of filling as I went. I carefully added an organza decoration to the top and inserted a thin piece of ribbon into the top ( the ends tucked in between the two layers of felt) so that it can be hung easily onto the tree.
I cut out the pieces and sewed the metallic thread and the circles on one evening…
… and after the kids were in bed, finished the rest off the next evening. So, a quick and easy ornament in two nights. Note to self: next time shift the organza flower down a bit to match the position of the rest of the small cream circles, yep , sigh, I’m a perfectionist.
I’m planning to re use the basic shape and general idea to make more of them, each with free hand embroidery and a slightly different look, but with the same beads and colour scheme. That way they will all look like a matching set when hung up together on a Christmas tree.
I was pleasantly surprised at how good the finished result tuned out.. moral of the story, never judge a kit by it’s cover.
Have a go and surprise yourself!