This project is perfect because: 1) It takes very little time to make 2) It takes very little fabric 3) It provides immediate gratification 4) It is reversible 5) It is very practical and ..... 6) It is a holiday oriented project by virtue of the fact that it looks like a Christmas ornament.
If you are an experienced sewist, this is a half hour project. If you are a beginner and have an hour to spare, that's all the time it will take to finish one! The more you make, the faster you get it done!!
You will need:
- Scraps of fabric- Strips (various widths 10" in length and/or whole pieces to make 2- 10 x 11" rectangles
- Scrap of sparkly grey or gold fabric for the ornament top (you can also use matte fabric) - a piece 3 1/2 " x 5"
- 2 1/4" wide cut bias double fold binding (bias very important because bias stretches better to go around curves neatly) (approximately 45") for the finished binding
- 1 piece of batting 10 x 11"
- 1 piece of insulbright 10 x 11" (necessary or it will not resist heat and you will burn yourself or your table)
- Thread to match your project front, back, binding and for quilting.
- Scissors, rotary cutter, pins & a sewing machine, you may also want to use a walking foot or free motion foot
- A Frixion Pen or erasible fabric marking pen
- Free pattern PDF pattern download found here
- 505 Basting spray (optional)
1) Sandwich your backing wrong side up with the batting and insulbright on top facing towards you (you can baste this sandwich with pins or 505 basting spray if you wish)
2) Press layers together with an iron
3) If adding strips audition your layout
5) Press # 2 strip up and away from #1, continue with the rest of the strips until the rest of the 11" length is filled with strips of fabric
*** You can also use just an entire piece of Christmas fabric that is 10 x 11" if you do not want a striped ornament***
8) Fold this silver/gold fabric over the remaining batting and tug on the fabric so that the folded edge lays beyond the sewing line on the back that you created in 6). Pin along the pressed edge to hold in place and sew through all layers, stitch in the ditch from the front seam on the silver/gold fabric seam you just created. (you should catch the pressed edge all the way along to secure)
To make this loop with your right side of your project facing you and the binding folded edge tucked towards the back of your fabric, you will fold the raw edge of the binding toward the center of the binding for 6" beyond the top of the grey fabric and press. See photo below.
15) Wrap the folded edge of your binding to the back and sew by hand or machine as you wish to complete your binding and......TA DA!
Admire your efforts!