Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Special Gift for You...

Dear friends,

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.....
These cute little ornaments are simple and quick to make and even though they're fairly small, you could fill them with candy canes, sweets or maybe even tuck some money inside for someone very special!
Here's what you'll need:
 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.
:  Use your disappearing ink pen to draw a simple snowflake on the mitten front.  For the stocking front, gently lift the paper pattern piece up (while it's still pinned to the felt) and transfer the markings along the edges around the stocking.  Remove pattern piece and connect the markings with a ruler and your disappearing ink pen.
:  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 seed bead at the center of the snowflake and onto each marked dot on the mitten.
:  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.
:  Pin top edge of cuff to top edge of mitten/stocking, placing edges of cuffs on the 'heel' seam of the stocking and the 'little finger' seam of the mitten. 
 :  Blanket stitch top edge of cuff onto top edge of mitten/stocking.  
:  Whip stitch the two cuff edges together.
 :  For the ornament loop, fold length of ribbon/yarn/crewel embroidery thread in half and knot ends as shown above.
 :  Position knotted end of ornament loop onto the inside seam and sew in place, keeping your stitches small and neat and invisible from the right side of the ornament.
 :  Spread a fine layer of craft glue onto the cuff with a flat tooth pick.
 :  Sprinkle glitter onto cuff and allow to dry thoroughly before gently tapping excess off.

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 ;)

Many thanks to all of you for visiting my blog, facebook page and on-line shops!  I cannot tell you how much your support means to me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

Happiest of Holidays to you all!
~Shelly xo

29 comments:

  1. beautiful ornaments!!!
    Thank you so much for the tutorial.
    I'm very fan of your work

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  2. beautiful ornaments!!!
    Thank you so much for the tutorial.
    I'm very fan of your work

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  3. Shelly you amaze me every time the little stocking and mittens are beautiful.
    Hugs

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  4. These are so sweet!
    Thank you so much for the tutorial!
    Absolutely wonderful ... thank you!
    diane @ aug's blog

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  5. These are lovely! I really need to sit down and give them a try.

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  6. Thank you for your really lovely tutorial and patterns. I will be making them for thank you gifts for all the local people in my life who have made my life a good one this year, the green grocer, the butcher, the people in the post office, the newsagent, the baker, the second hand book shop owner and Savers the op shop and Spotlight my favourite fabric store and last but not least my neighbours.

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  8. Oh Shelly, these are adorable!! Thank you so very much, and Have a Merry Christmas.

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  9. Thank You Shelly, these are beautiful! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!!

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  10. Thanks! These are so cute!!! Merry Christmas!!!

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  11. Thank you so much Shelly! Happy holidays to your and your family!!!

    Love, Sandie

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  12. Thank you for this wonderful idea, I was so stuck for my family christmas cards and this has truly helped. Warm wishes to you and your family over the season.

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  13. So beautiful! Thanks for the pattern.

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  14. I just finished making the little houses and trees! Everyone loves them....I can't wait to add the adorable little stocking and mitten....You are right....I will need to make several....I need to keep a pr. for myself! Just love your patterns! Thank you so much for the joy your patterns have given me....I am grateful!
    Susan

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  15. Hi Shelly,
    Do you use 1 stand of floss for all stitching? I can't quite understand attaching the neck on the pocket pixies! It says to whipstitch the body then run gathering stitch at neck to close opening. Seems it is already whipped closed! Does the neck go inside the head and then closed with ladder stitch?

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  16. Came by way of Pinterest. These are totally adorable. Love the details and pretty colors. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

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