This Year’s Christmas Ornament


I have made ornaments for my family and friends each year since junior high school. The very first ornament, if I’m remembering correctly, was a clay heart in 1989. One of these days, I need to see if I can recall and share photos of each of the 28 ornaments from 28 years.
For now, here is this year’s ornament.


This simple tree goes with the semi-primitive runner and faux-mantle curtain I made. The tree is Osneburg over cotton batting with a pasteboard base and a felted wool trunk. The embroidery is very simple with a mix of primitive and whimsy.


Tree Runner

wpid-2015-11-19-19.09.47.jpg.jpegWhile wandering Pinterest for ornament inspiration, I stumbled across several stacked tree projects. The idea for a table runner with a pair of stacked trees appealed to me. Putting the pretty colored trees on the primitive look of the osenburg I bought a bolt of over the summer particularly appealed.

This happened to be just before the Chestnut Bay Scraptastic sale (yes, I have several projects from that sale.) What a perfect time to pick an assortment of green fabrics for the tree.

Each layer of the tree is a trapezoid, one inch smaller at the base than the previous. I pre-pressed the seam allowances. Then hand stitched each layer together.wpid-2015-11-15-10.44.05-1.jpg.jpeg

wpid-2015-11-15-13.29.30.jpg.jpegI basted the trees in place. Then top stitched them. I forgot that I had wanted to add the trunks first to get the depth I wanted. But, I think those came out just fine. The fabric for the stars was the only fabric purchased separately. It is also the first batik I’ve purchased.

The binding is pieced from the left-overs of the trees’ fabrics. I stacked strips, then cut them 2″ wide. I machine stitched one side of the border. Then, blind stitched the other.
Now, we have a cute Christmas table runner. We just need a table to fit us all.
Hmmm…. we did see a drop leaf in town we both liked. It just need a little recovery refinishing….
I had just a bit of the tree fabrics left. So, I made a new curtain for the book shelf that acts as our faux mantle.


Gift Card Holder (Blog Cross-over)

Make a new template, a sample with Christmas fabrics and take photos.

One of the thing I love about the techniques I shared in Fanciful Utility is that they can be used for so many projects. This time of year, FanU is great for fun, festive projects. For the next few weeks, I am going to share some of the ways FanU gets Festive.

IMG_7794A basic, single pocket work pocket makes an excellent gift card holder. These are also a great way to gift a museum or site membership.

Make a simple pocket up with holiday fabrics or your giftee’s favorite colors to be reused throughout the year.

Here is a simple set of directions for making your own:

Gift Card Holder Template

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