Create delight for years to come.
Don’t you love decorating the Christmas tree? And isn’t it fun how Christmas ornaments often spark special memories as you hang them on the tree each year? Here’s one that’s sure to do just that. See how to make a keepsake ornament that captures your child’s artwork. This is an easy embroidery project that makes a great gift for grandparents and special friends. It’s also a creative project for young stitchers. Ready?!
- Embroidery floss
- Linen blend fabric
- 3″ embroidery hoop
- Decorative ribbon
- Pinking shears
- Lightweight fusible interfacing (such as Fairfield™ Stablilize)
- Plain paper
- Sharpie® marker
- Wood stain (optional – not needed if you want to leave the embroidery hoop unstained)
If desired, stain the outer ring of the embroider hoop with wood stain. Let dry overnight.
|Gather your supplies as noted above. Note that the embroidery floss colors you’ll need are totally dependent upon the artwork that you’ll be using. Simple designs translate best – our design only uses three floss colors.|
|1) With a pencil, trace the inner ring of the hoop on a piece of paper. This serves as a guide for your little artist.|
|2) Have your child use a pencil to draw a picture in the center of the hoop. Trace drawing with a Sharpie® marker.
Remember – simple designs work best. And it’s fun to incorporate the year into your design to commemorate when it was made.
|3) Cut interfacing the same size as the inner hoop. Fuse interfacing onto wrong side of the fabric.
Note: hoop shows placement of interfacing.
|4) Hold the drawing up against a window, or place it on a light box if you have one. Center interfaced fabric over the drawing. Use the Dritz® fine point marking pen to trace the drawing onto the fabric.
Tip: wondering what’s so special about the marking pen? Well it has water soluble ink that disappears when dampened. Most of your traced lines will be hidden with embroidery floss after stitching. But, if there are any lines visible after stitching, simply dab them with water to remove them.
|5) Center the design in the embroidery hoop.
6) Stitch the design using 3 strands of the embroidery floss in the colors of your choice.
|7) To finish the fabric edges, use pinking shears to trim around the hoop, leaving a 1/2″ margin.|
|8) Using a needle and thread, stitch a running stitch around the fabric. Pull thread to gather fabric and tie knot in thread.|
|9) Tie decorative ribbon around the hoop screw to hang your new ornament. Enjoy this special keepsake – it will create smiles for seasons to come!|
Be sure to check out all of our Christmas ideas for last-minute gift ideas, decorating and more!