This cute little ornament could very well be one of the simplest crafts I have ever done. I can't even remember when I made the one in the picture, but a crafty friend showed me how to do this many years ago.
Now, even though our Christmas tree is not really country inspired, this little quilted guy fits right in. Our tree is always crazily eclectic (well, kind of like me!), and my favorite ornaments are the ones my kids made when they were little. I add red and white beaded garland and lots of candy canes to the tree, so there is a definite red and white theme going on every year that helps tie all of the ornament styles together-- the salt dough bride and groom from our first Christmas together, fingerprint ornament from my once kindergarten boy, baby's first Christmas ornaments, crystal icicles that were a gift from my friend, and on and on.
You will need:
A small styrofoam ball
Small fabric squares
Cord or ribbon
Tack or pin
Here's how to make a quilted ornament:
1.) Cut fabric into small squares. I think mine were about 2 inches, but if you want more sections on
the ornament cut them smaller, and for less sections, cut them larger.
2.) Using a butter knife, gently tuck the edges of the squares into the ball. Continue tucking
squares into the ball, until it is covered.
3.) Cut a few inches of coordinating cord or ribbon, form a loop, and tack it into the ornament to
form the hanger.
That is literally all there is to it. Simple and sweet.
I can imagine some of these ornaments on a themed tree, with fabric chosen to match the theme-- vintage style fabrics, music pages, candy cane fabric, calico, etc. For a gift, you could make one with fabrics that relate to the gift recipient's hobbies or style.
This would be a fun activity to do with kids. Have fun with it!
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