Here's a special little gift just for you - a tutorial on how to make two sweet little felt ornaments, a mitten and a stocking.....
Felt, embroidery thread, seed beads, disappearing ink marker, craft glue - the kind that dries clear, flat toothpicks, some sparkly glitter and a ruler. And a 7 inch length of crewel embroidery thread, narrow ribbon or thin yarn for the ornament loop.
: Download and print the pattern, which you can find here. For
these little ornaments, you'll need basic embroidery stitches such as
whip stitch, blanket stitch, back stitch and straight stitch. Here's an
awesome site where you can find photos of the different
stitches: Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials.
Cut out pattern pieces. Lay pattern pieces onto felt and carefully cut
out. If you like, use a pair of pinking shears to cut out the bottom
edge of the stocking cuff.
: I've used one strand of embroidery thread/floss to embroider, attach seed beads as well as to sew up
seams. Keep your stitches small, neat and evenly spaced.
: Embroider snowflake onto the front side of the mitten with a back stitch. .
: For the stocking, use tiny straight stitches to embroider each marked line where the lines meet to form and 'X'. Do not make a full 'X', with your thread, instead, make each little line separately, keeping the very center of each 'X' open. I did not worry about embroidering the top row of the marked 'X's as the cuff will overlap that area. Please click on the photo for a better view of the stitches.
: Sew a seed bead at the center of each little 'X' on the stocking.
: Place front pieces of mitten/stocking onto back pieces, wrongs sides facing and whip stitch all the way around.
You now have a wonderful little ornament that you just might find very hard to part with! I'd suggest cutting out a bunch at a time - it may be easier to give some of them away that way ;)
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