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Christmas Ornament Tutorial

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in last night's Livestream. I had so much fun sharing this craft idea. Whether you missed the live stream, or want written instructions, here's my step by step process for making my fabric origami Christmas ornaments. Before we begin, make sure you follow along with the live stream. There is one step in particular that is a lot easier to follow along visually rather than textually. And if you ever need to rewatch a step, all the steps have a timestamp in brackets:

Step 2: Iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. If you don't have any fusible interface, you can glue down your interfacing. You can also heavily starch your fabric. You want it to be stiff but still flexible enough to fold. (4:16)

Step 3: Cut out the paper template with your paper scissors. (7:26) Step 4: Use the template to mark the hexagon on the fabric. (11:05)

Step 5: Cut out hexagon from fabric. (14:06)

Step 6: Mark the centre/midpoints on each side. 18:00

Step 7: With your needle and thread, tack mid-point to the center. Repeat with the other 6 mid-points. It will look like a lotus blossom. This is where many people make the mistake of using the corner points. Be sure to use the MID-POINTS. Refer back to the video as much as you need for this step. (24:33)

Step 8: Fold one corner point to touch the centre. This will make a diamond shape. Repeat with the rest of the corners(30:05)

Step 9: Take your stiletto, cuticle stick or other pointy object and tuck the corner points underneath to the centre line. Tack the point down at the centre (41:17)

Step 10: Sew a button in the middle. During the live stream, I heard other great ideas for the middle, such as using a yo-yo. (42:49)

Step 11: Attach string or ribbon for the ornament to hang from. (51:04)

Optional Steps for the Back: You may add a secondary button to the back if you wish. You could also add string from the inside after step 6. If you're worried about what the back looks like, as long as the thread matches the fabric, no one will notice.

After you have finished all the steps, you can leave your ornament as is, or you can decorate it. There are many decorations to choose from, such as adding embellishments, sewing in beads, sequins, or specialty buttons, or even embroidery! Here's what my ornaments look like:

Once again, thank you so much for those that were able to tune in live, and for those that were able to donate to North York General Foundation. If you have missed the live stream and were hoping to donate, here's the link to the foundation's website. I have so much gratitude to North York General for taking excellent care of my son during his cancer treatments. If you'd like to share your Christmas ornaments, on Facebook you can comment your picture in the post. And on Instagram, use the hashtag #jgidqxmasornament. I would LOVE to see what my community was able to make. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, or a joyous Holiday, and a very happy new year!

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Mel Brigden Gavin
Mel Brigden Gavin
12 ธ.ค. 2564

I prefer to knit and crochet but since this is slow sewing I think I might try one!! My mind is racing with ideas!!!


27 ธ.ค. 2563

Thank you for your directions and video. Here is my first one done in just a few minutes!


22 ธ.ค. 2563

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I had already made other ornaments to give this year but this will be my 2021 ornament. I made a red and yellow prototype. Love! 🥰


The Christmas Ornament tutorial was great! Your pacing was perfect, giving enough time to finish each step, and your patience with those of us who wanted to see some of the steps more than once was appreciated. Someone in my quilt guild posted this project as a holiday activity, but I couldn't "get it" from her directions; yours were very clear. Thank you! I've made at least a dozen of them in various sizes. I really like the size starting with a 4 1/2" hexagon.

Thank you for your wonderful videos. I edit my guild's newsletter, and in January I'm going to include your "Ugly Quilt" tutorial as a challenge project for the new year. In our December newsletter, o…


Good luck with your good intentions. I, too, love nothing more than to check things off my to-do list. What I have learned in 2020, besides patience and acceptance of things as they are, is many new fascinating quilt patterns from the ladies in my local quilt group, and that not everything has to be perfect. I tend to be too hard on myself and demand that I do everything perfectly. No more. Now I do what I can and do the best that I can, but it does not have to be perfect. I have learned to treat myself as I would treat my best friend, giving acceptance and comfort. My wish for you is that you can…

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