Bauble Ornaments (Blog Cross-over)

IMG_8375 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.


This pair of bauble ornaments can easily be made using the Fanciful Utility techniques for making needle-books, just in a single layer.

IMG_8379These will be beautiful done up in silks as well as modern fabrics such as satins and sparkly knits. Choose solid fabrics and embellish them with scraps of trims or sequins. Chose striped fabrics to create bands around the ornament.

Hang them with a ribbon or mock up a wire.

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Bauble – (2) a small, usually spherical ornament made of coloured or decorated material which is hung from the branches of a Christmas tree Usual US name Christmas ornament. (Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition)

A Take-Away Style Box (Blog Cross-over)

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I call this box the “Take-away” Box because it sorta resembles the rice containers we get for take-out. This is actually the largest box of those I am sharing. As I was making my sample, I pictured it filled with a bag of small chocolates or hard candies. Okay, dark chocolate non-perils in my case. It could also hold an assortment of beads, a pair of warm gloves, or wool stockings.

wpid-2015-11-05-20.34.35.jpg.jpegI used a single cotton fabric for my box. It could easily be made with alternating fabrics. (I did notice the white ground does shadow through the pasteboard more than I would like. This would be an easy one to trim with decorative braid or embroidery. You could add a handle like a food take away box, to hang it from the tree. (be careful of how heavy it gets.)

I’d love to see this one made with quilted silk for the sides and outer flaps. How pretty that would be.

Take Away Box Template

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Mitten and Stocking Ornaments (Blog Cross-over)

IMG_8368One 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.

This pair of mitten and stocking ornaments can easily be made using the Fanciful Utility techniques for making needle-books, just in a single layer. Each one holds its own possibilities.

IMG_8372The mitten and stocking could be made in pairs with wool or even cuts of a sweater. Soft country flannels in small plaids or holiday prints would give a cozy look.

IMG_8373Leave them plain or trim them with a little embroidery or fuzzy wrists or cuffs.

The stocking could look oh-so cute with a couple patches.

Hmm… What a fun matching game these could make if done up in pairs of colorful patterned fabrics on one side.

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