Today I am sharing some basic steps to go along with the cut and sew ornament fat quarter design I have in my Spoonflower shop. While this post is intended to be a simple instruction set for anyone who purchases my design this process can really be applied to any sewn ornament you might want to make! (Simply cut some hexagons from some fabric in your stash and follow the steps!).
NOTE: The design you can purchase is only for FABRIC all additional materials you will need to obtain separately. This is not a kit.
THE FAT QUARTER
Here is a look at the design: ALPINE ORNAMENTS CUT AND SEW in the Classic colorway. The design is 21″ wide which will work on ALL fabric types, including Petal Cotton. If you purchase a wider fabric you may get a few extra ornaments from your cut! There are duplicates of every design giving you two options. You can buy just this fat quarter and make 10 two-sided ornaments OR you can pair this fat quarter with an additional fabric and get 20 ornaments. I have many coordinating patterns in my Alpine Classic Collection or you can use something from elsewhere. I used the STRIPE on the top left of the image below to back mine.
OPTIONAL: 1/8″ Fusible Batting/Fleece: This will give your ornaments some structure and depth. You need enough to apply to ONE side of the ornaments. If you choose a heavier fabric you could skip it but with one of the quilting cottons you will want it.
Ribbon: I made my hanging loops with 1/8″ satin ribbon you can buy by the spool from a craft store. The instructions will be based on this ribbon. You could choose a different size ribbon or even something more decorative or even do a short loop of thick thread and use a hook to hang them instead.
Pre-wash your fabric.
Cut out all the hexagons from the fat quarter. If you are backing with coordinating fabric use those hexagons as your pattern pieces for the backings.
Cut 1 fusible fleece hexagon for each ornament 3/8″+ smaller on every side.
Fuse the fleece to each front piece of your ornament.
SEWING THE ORNAMENTS TOGETHER
For each ornament take one front piece fused with fleece and one backing and sew right sides together with a 3/8″ SA around 5 sides leaving the TOP side of the hexagon unsewn.
Trim those same 5 seams down to 1/8″. DO NOT trim the top. Clip corner points a little extra.
Turn your ornament right side out pushing out corners and sides to get a crisp shape. Press well.
Turn in the top edges 3/8″ and press seam
ADD RIBBON LOOP AND FINISH
Cut a 8″ length of ribbon for each ornament.
Turn the ribbon into a loop with the ends overlapping approximately 1/2″
Insert the overlapped portion into the top of the ornament opening until the overlap is concealed. Be sure that your loop is centered and secure in place. I work one ornament at a time and hold it in place with my fingers and move it over to the machine to sew immediately.
Top stitch around the entire outline of the ornament starting and stopping on the top center where the ribbon is. This step will close the top opening, secure the loop and create a nice finished edge for your ornament!
That’s it! Your ornaments are complete! You can hang them as decorations or use them in another fun way! Here is a look at few that I completed.
ADDITIONAL “HELPS” and “HINTS”
Having made these ornaments many times I like to sew each step for all the ornaments until I get to the loop insertion. At that point I like to do one ornament at a time so that I don’t have to have them all held in place.
If you choose an alternate fabric to back the ornaments and are using the minimum fat quarter size you need I highly recommend first cutting the three horizontal strips (The ornaments are in three rows, each row is a different height). Next lay out ALL the ornaments for each strip and mark your cutting lines to ensure you don’t accidentally cut a little too wide and run out of fabric.